City releases performance grades for more than 12K city teachers
By YOAV GONEN, BILL SANDERSON and CARL CAMPANILE
Last Updated: 9:26 AM, February 25, 2012
City education officials yesterday released rankings for thousands of fourth- through eighth-grade teachers based on whether they boosted their students’ math and reading scores — giving parents an unprecedented glimpse into how the instructors perform in the classroom.
The release follows a bitter 17-month legal bid by the teachers union to block the city from providing the controversial information to The Post.
The unsuccessful lawsuit came after The Post filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of Education in August 2010 seeking the performance rankings.
Three courts sided with The Post and the city in the legal fight.
Teachers were ranked on a scale of zero to 99 as compared with colleagues with similar experience levels and who work in the same grade and subject.
The data show:
* Brooklyn had the most schools with four or more teachers rated in the 90th percentile or above — 42 — followed by The Bronx at 21 and Queens at 16. Manhattan had no schools with that many top-tier teachers, and Staten Island had 1.
* Brooklyn also had the most schools with four or more teachers in the bottom 10 percent — 25 — followed by Queens with 21, The Bronx with 11 and Staten Island with 9. Manhattan had no schools with at least four bottom-tier teachers.
* The A-rated PS 86 in Fordham Manor in The Bronx had 13 teachers rank in the top 10 percent — the most of any school.
* The C-rated PS 89 in Bronxdale in The Bronx had 10 teachers land in the bottom 10 percent — the worst in town.