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Ps 194 Countee Cullen

Public | PK-5 & ungraded | 285 students

 

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Posted November 15, 2013

P.S. 194 is a struggling school insistent upon improving. The staff here does the best they can with the resources they have. Yes they do have some flaws, but what school doesn't? One thing they have more then flaws, is a staff of kind hearted and caring people who just need the support of the community and parent involvement. I have had two kids graduate from P.S.194 at the top of their class and go on to good schools. Plus two kids thriving there as well. At the end of the day we need to not only support our children and their educations. But also the school they go to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2012

It has been very apparent that since we got a new principal that the school has improved considerably. The movement towards more music and arts pograms has been great. There is a renewed enthusiasm in the school and the children seem excited about what is happenning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

I am very glad to know that the school will not be phasing out grades k-2 next year. Last minute parent participation and with the hard work of C.O.R.E., the school will remain open. I am a parent of 2 children that attend the school, however I will not be letting my children return. The school is not academically up to par. My children will be attending a charter next year. I have chosen to better my children education instead of just letting them get by. P.S. 194M is in need of complete restructering. New teacher's, new staff, new administration. They have failed our children in the past 4 years why should we give them another year to continue to do so? Audrey Wilson, parent/ PTA Member
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2008

Student achievement has improved in the past few years according to standardized assessments. The school culture needs a lot of improvement. There are many behavior/ emotional issues within the student body and the school is not eqipped to deal with the volume. Many veteran teachers are resistant to change for best practices. They are burnt out. There are some great staff members that put forth much effort to build collaboration among staff community, but often burnt out due to the overwhelming lack of positive culture among students, teachers, and parent. Teacher tunover is high. A large portion of the student body is 'at-risk' academically and emotionally. The last couple of administrators have put forth much effort to improve the school. The school has improved, but it is still far below standards in many areas. This school would benefit from a complete restructure.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 3, 2007

PS 194 is one of the worst schools in Harlem. My daughter failed Math last year. My daughter attended summer school and they didn't even give her 4th grade math. It had more to do with her attendance than it did with her actually learning. At the end of the summer, her grade was still at level 1 and she was promoted to the 5th grade anyway. All they are concerned with is getting descent grades on the city's standardized tests. They don't even teach the kids penmanship. Parents don't get involved because school's a daycare service. The school's phones have been out for 3 days...emergency! 194 is definitely not most improved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2004

I agree. There needs to be better communication between parent and administration. There needs to be a better partnership between the two. This is what helps make a good and decent school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 4, 2003

the school could and would be a lot better if there was more parent partcipation and communication with the administration. overall it's a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
17%

2011

 
 
17%
Math

The state average for Math was 34% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
12%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 30% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
19%
Math

The state average for Math was 36% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 90% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
37%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 31% in 2013.

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 30% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
17%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population0%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English0%
Non-migrant0%

Math

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population0%
English language learners0%
Proficient in English0%
Non-migrant0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students3%
Female0%
Male7%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic0%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population4%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant3%

Math

All Students3%
Female0%
Male7%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population4%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant3%

Science

All Students56%
Female72%
Male36%
African American50%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
General population66%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant56%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

English Language Arts

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population0%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English0%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant0%

Math

All Students0%
Female0%
Male0%
African American0%
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities0%
General population0%
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English0%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant0%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See this letter from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes.

In 2012-2013 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the New York Department of Education. If there are fewer than 5 students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New York State Education Department

In 2009-2010, this school was given a grade of "C" for the elementary school level.

About the tests


Progress Report Grades measure the school's contribution to student learning in three areas: School Environment, Student Performance and Student Progress. Schools can receive additional credit for achieving exemplary performance progress among high-needs students. Progress Report Grades range from A to F.

Source: New York City Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Black 2 60% 19%
Hispanic 2 34% 23%
White 1 3% 48%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1 1% 9%
Two or more races 2 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NYSED, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient 218%N/A8%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 188%N/A43%
Source: 1 NYSED, 2011-2012
Source: 2 NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Fewer than 3 years experience 3%N/A5%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Master's degree and above 43%N/A39%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Teachers with no valid teaching certificate 0%N/A0%
Source: NYSED, 2011-2012
The NYC Department of Education asked parents, teachers and students about their school's learning environment. Results provide insight into school climate, such as whether the school is academically rigorous, safe, communicative and collaborative. Learn more

The information captured by the survey is designed to support a dialogue among all members of the school community about how to make the school a better place to learn. An overall category score is calculated for each respondent group (parents, teachers, or students) by averaging the scores of the questions within that survey category.

Category scores for each of the respondent groups are then combined to form overall category scores. Alongside the results for each school are the aggregated results across all NYC public schools, which are provided as a basis for comparisons.

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Based on 155 responses

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.0
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.4
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
8.0
 
Clear, useful communication about educational goalsWhat's this?

This score measures whether parents, students and teachers feel that the school provides information about the school's educational goals and offers appropriate feedback on each student's learning outcome.

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This school
7.2
out of 10
 
City average
8.1
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.3
 

City average

 
8.5
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.2
 

City average

 
7.8
 
Strong parent, teacher and student engagementWhat's this?

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This school
7.3
out of 10
 
City average
7.8
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.0
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.6
 

City average

 
7.8
 
High academic expectations for all studentsWhat's this?

This score measures how well parents, students and teachers feel that the school develops rigorous and meaningful academic goals that encourage students to do their best.

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This school
7.5
out of 10
 
City average
8.2
out of 10
 

Parents

This school

 
8.2
 

City average

 
8.3
 

Teachers

This school

 
6.8
 

City average

 
8.1
 

Based on surveys from:

 RespondentsResponse rate
Parents13369%
Teachers2279%

12012-2013 New York City Department of Education School Survey

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244 W 144th St
New York, NY 10030
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