Between 1990 and 1997, 159 schools in New York were classified as Schools under Registration Review (SURR), but by 1997 54 of these schools had improved enough to no longer be classified as SURR. Seven of the schools had reorganized or closed, and 98, 94 of which were in New York City, were still classified as SURR. An audit was conducted to determine whether the New York State Education Department and the New York City Board of Education had monitored the improvement efforts of these schools adequately. The audit included the examination of evidence recorded in accounting and operating records and the assessment of estimates, judgments, and decisions made by school management. Findings indicate that the Board and the Department did not always perform adequate analyses to determine the effectiveness of various consultant programs used by schools to improve performance on standardized tests. Improvement programs were not always effective, and some schools were able to improve their performance without the help of these costly programs. After completion of the audit, the New York Department of Education announced plans for a new information system to identify and track the academic performance of each student in the state. This report recommends that such a system contain the ability to correlate academic performance with improvement programs and resource allocations. Appendixes contain a list of major contributors to the report, the comments of state education department officials, and comments of officials from the New York City Board of Education. (SLD)
New York City Board of Education; New York State Education Department
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New York State Office of the Comptroller, Albany. Div. of Management Audit.