The Department of Education released report cards for public schools city wide last week, and Boerum Hill’s PS 261 fell flat in the middle of the pack, better than 51% of its peer schools, with a B.
This is at least better than the other Boerum Hill school we highlighted recently, PS 38 which got a C.
PS 261 received a B in School Environment, a C in Student Performance, and a B in the most heavily weighted category, Student Progress, resulting in the overall grade of B.
You can view the entire report card online here.
These scores aren’t terrible, and in fact would be great if the school had received a C last year. Unfortunately, a B actually marks a sharp decline for PS 261 since last year, for 2008-9, PS 262 got straight A’s. That is to say, an A in each of the three subcategories, and as a result, an overall grade of A.
In that context, this year’s B is quite disappointing. Hopefully, it is not an indication of a trend or transformation, but is rather simply just a fluke.