Liverpool Two Onondaga County school districts and schools in eight districts have been recommended for improvement by the New York State Department of Education.
A total of 1,325 schools and 123 districts were identified by the state as needing improvement. The recommendation comes under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, commonly referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act.
North Syracuse was added to the list for the first time this year, joining the Syracuse City School District, which has been on the list for nine years.
The state added an unprecedented 89 schools to the district list this year, bringing the total number to 123. In addition, 847 individual schools have been added to the list, bringing the total to 1,325 elementary, middle and high schools statewide that need improvement. The determination was based on New York state English language arts testing in grades three through eight for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 school years.
The state changed the format of the tests two years ago to make them more rigorous. They also raised the standard for passing, meaning that many more students who would have been considered to have passed in 2008-09 are now considered to have failed the exam.
In North Syracuse, the following schools were named to the list:
Bear Road Elementary School
Gillette Road Middle School
Roxboro Road Middle School
North Syracuse Junior High School
The North Syracuse Central School District has also been named as a District in Need of Improvement.
According to Stanley Finkle, assistant superintendent for instruction for North Syracuse, the district was designated as such because it had more than two schools on the list of schools in need of improvement.
A district can also be determined to be in need of improvement if it fails to meet the state-mandated graduation rate, which North Syracuse met.