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State Education Releases School Standings for 2012-2013
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BUFFALO, NY-- The New York State Education Commissioner released the departments school district standings.

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Commissioner John B. King, Jr. identified 70 school districts, including eleven in WNY, as so called "focus" districts.

The 11 districts in WNY are: Batavia, Buffalo, Dunkirk, Jamestown, Kenmore Tonawanda, Lackawanna, Medina, Olean, Ripley, and Wellsvile.

Focus districts are those cited for low performance and lack of progress among pupils on standardized tests and graduation rates.

Those districts must now develop plans to support improvement efforts in those schools.

Districts could also be identified as "Focus" if one or more "Priority Schools" were identified within the district.

Priority Schools are among the lowest performing 5 percent of schools in the state

In the Buffalo Public School system, 28 out the 58 individual schools, or roughly half--were identified as such.

The state also identified several WNY schools that were high achieving, high progress schools.  The Commissioner's action was taken in accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver that New York State received from the United States Department of Education in May.

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