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Poughkeepsie High School Upgraded On State Education Department List

Poughkeepsie High School's status on the state Education Department's has been upgraded to "focus" from "priority," local school officials say.
Poughkeepsie High School's status on the state Education Department's has been upgraded to "focus" from "priority," local school officials say. Photo Credit: poughkeepsieschools.org

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- The state Education Department, which this week released its “accountability status” list for schools, says that Poughkeepsie remains a “focus” district, but the high school has moved up.

State educators re-identified 84 school districts as “focus” districts; 428 schools as “focus” schools; and 188 schools as “priority” schools.

“Focus” districts have to develop comprehensive plans for improvement for their individual schools that are identified as “focus” and “priority.”

The school district, in an announcement on Monday, Feb. 29, said that its high school, however, is “trending on a positive slope” and has been upgraded from the state to “focus” from "priority."

Two elementary schools in Poughkeepsie -- Clinton and G.W. Krieger -- have been re-identified as “focus” schools and two others -- Charles B. Warring and S.F.B. Morse -- have been identified as “priority” schools.

Districts and schools can land in any one of four categories, state educators said, ranging from the best, “Reward,” and “good standing” to “focus” and lastly, "priority," which is the worst.

The designations are based on graduation rates and student performances on state tests, among other things.

According to the list, the Poughkeepsie Middle School has retained its “priority” designation.

Poughkeepsie said it has increased its oversight at all four elementary schools and pointed to a five-year, $2 million grant that it is applying to that purpose.

To read the district’s list of strategies it is deploying in the targeted schools, click here.

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