Good Morning
Good Morning
NewsNew York

NYC looks to adapt CompStat to underachieving schools

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Aimee Horowitz, the executive superintendent for Renewal Schools, visit a 9th grade Living Environment class at Richmond Hill High School in Queens on Thursday, March 19, 2015. Credit: Charles Eckert

The NYPD's CompStat is going to school.

The de Blasio administration, under pressure to reverse the fortunes of the city's 94 worst schools, is creating a "war room" at the Department of Education to adapt the statistics-and-accountability program pioneered by his police commissioner and credited with sharply reducing crime.

"We're going to hold every one of the principals to the same kind of standards that our precinct commanders are held to via CompStat," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday at Richmond Hill High School in Queens. "They will get the same kind of forceful questioning, and they'll also get the support to succeed."

The top official overseeing the troubled schools, Executive Superintendent Aimee Horowitz, attended a CompStat meeting Thursday morning at NYPD headquarters.

Mayoral spokesman Wiley Norvell said the education version of the meetings will usually be at schools and will include the equivalent of "doctors' rounds," followed by analysis.

In CompStat meetings, NYPD bosses grill commanders when crime rises, meticulously track trends, map trouble spots and demand to know how the precinct leaders will respond. Police Commissioner William Bratton began the program in the 1990s under then-Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

The precise statistics to be tracked in the schools' version of CompStat have not yet been determined, but could include how many students are passing courses as well as attendance and graduation rates.

De Blasio said he planned to ask the NYPD's chief of department, James O'Neill, and other police brass to consult with Horowitz.

The mayor has committed $150 million to a plan to fix the 94 worst schools -- designated "renewal schools"-- by adding more instructional time, curriculum overhauls and personnel changes. He says he'll close a school if it doesn't turn around in three years.

De Blasio gave his most critical remarks to date about a proposal by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to put failing schools into state receivership -- an idea de Blasio rejects.

"If schools are put under state control -- well, I'm sorry, with all due respect to Albany, I believe we know a lot more about what we need for our children than bureaucrats in Albany do," de Blasio said. "I think the notion of a group of bureaucrats 150 miles away trying to determine the fate of our children sounds like a formula for disaster."

More news