State places three failing Brooklyn schools on education watch list

Poor test scores have landed three Brooklyn schools on the state's education watch list.For the first time, scores on the new English language arts and

BROOKLYN - Poor test scores have landed three Brooklyn schools on the state's education watch list.

For the first time, scores on the new English language arts and math exams for grades three through eight were used to compile the Schools Under Registration Review (SURR) list. New York State Education Department (NYSED) Commissioner Richard Mills made the announcement Thursday after consulting New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein.

Mills placed Intermediate School 232, Intermediate School 246 Walt Whitman and Canarsie High School on the list. The schools will receive special attention from city and state education officials and are expected to remain SURR schools for no more than three years.

The School for International Studies and William H. Maxwell Vocational High School managed to make it off the list this year.

The NYSED plans to close two New York City schools that have failed to make progress as a SURR school. The names of those schools have not yet been released.

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