Each year the Department of Education distributes a Learning Environment Survey to staff, students and parents. I have no idea what they do with the results but Gene Mann from Unity Caucus goes through the numbers for principals in Queens. He found that roughly 50 score a failing grade of below 65% when rated by staff in 2017-18. The results are in the current edition of Gene's email newsletter called The Organizer. We have copied the entire section below.
We thank Gene for doing painstaking work of sifting through the data. Notice that he points out that the NY Post, not the Chancellor, is calling out the principals. But why isn't Gene's list featured on the front page of the UFT's NY Teacher? Don't you think it is the UFT's job to expose principals who can't work well with teachers and other employees?
The DOE surveys can be manipulated by savvy administrators to get better results. I have seen this done. That said, if around 50 in one borough score well below average with their staff, we can make an educated guess that there are hundreds of principals citywide who are not respected by their faculties.
While it is impractical to call for the wholesale removal of hundreds of principals, a push to reempower UFT members at the school level should be a top UFT priority. We need more than just Chapter Committees involved.
Teachers and others who assert their rights must feel the UFT has their backs completely. Changing that UFT culture is a difficult job that must be done.
From The Organizer:
Annotated Vacancy List
By popular request I’m expanding the list to include Districts 75, 79, and 97 as well as pre-K for the borough of Queens. The “Principal” column is based on the four questions teachers answered about their principals on the 2017-2018 School Survey. 2018-2019 results will not be published until later in the summer. There is no score for schools which have had a leadership change since the most recent published survey, such as John Bowne and Forest Hills High Schools. The city average score is 83.12%. Principals score as high as 100% in some cases; negatives fall to the 20s.
School Survey and Chronically Low-Rated Principals
Each August I crunch all the numbers for the teacher-principal ratings in the School Survey on four questions:
I feel respected by the principal at this school.
The principal at this school is an effective manager who makes the school run smoothly.
The principal has confidence in the expertise of the teachers at this school.
I trust the principal at his or her word.
It amazes me that some principals score as low as 60 points below the city average year after year. How can anyone think principals are doing acceptable jobs if their workforce thinks that they are poor, untrustworthy leaders with no respect for or from their teachers?
I’m often asked if chancellors make a difference (and I’ve been through every one since Harvey Scribner). Most have not. I think it strange that Chancellor Carranza’s attention has been drawn to other issues than the daily running of “his” 1800 or so schools. It seems we have to trust more in The New York Post (Heaven help me!) to call out bad principals than the Chancellor’s office.
The following schools have principals who received grades lower than 65% on the last survey (in ascending order from the very lowest).
Queens High School for the Sciences at York College
M.S. 053 Brian Piccolo
Young Women's Leadership School, Astoria
Queens Academy High School
The 30th Avenue School (G&T Citywide)
Irwin Altman Middle School 172
Frederick Douglass Academy VI High School
P.S. 082 Hammond
M.S. 158 Marie Curie
P.S. 162 John Golden
P.S. 219 Paul Klapper
J.H.S. 210 Elizabeth Blackwell
William Cullen Bryant High School
Queens Metropolitan High School
P.S. 007 Louis F. Simeone
PS 80 The Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Multimedia and Communication
J.H.S. 190 Russell Sage
I.S. 204 Oliver W. Holmes
Goldie Maple Academy
Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and the Sciences
Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72
P.S. 045 Clarence Witherspoon
P.S. 035 Nathaniel Woodhull
P.S. 58 - The School of Heroes
P.S. 171 Peter G. Van Alst
P.S. 131 Abigail Adams
Civic Leadership Academy
Queens Gateway to Health Sciences Secondary School
P.S. 102 Bayview
P.S. 183 Dr. Richard R. Green
P.S. 254 - The Rosa Parks School
P.S. 174 William Sidney Mount
P.S. 098 The Douglaston School
P.S. 024 Andrew Jackson
P.S. 054 Hillside
Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI
P.S. 134 Hollis
P.S. 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School
P.S. 139 Rego Park
P.S. 186 Castlewood
P.S. 163 Flushing Heights
P.S. 088 Seneca
East-West School of International Studies