Updated: 10/02/2013 11:19 PM
Created: 10/02/2013 11:09 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams
New York State Education Commissioner John King Jr., spent the day in Rochester checking in on two schools that have received state grants to improve their performances.
Lynette Adams spoke one on one with the commissioner, and she asked him specifically, if any of our schools, could be in line for a state take over.
It's no secret Rochester's graduation rates are among the lowest in the state, so you might think this puts Rochester in line for take over.
Here's a portion of her interview with the commissioner:
Adams: You use the word promising, but is promising enough? You raise the point that parents and student right now want to see change, want to see improvement. Is promising enough for those families?
John King Jr.: Promising is not enough. It's about delivering and I think as we look at the performance over this school year we will be looking for measurable improvements, in both state test performance and graduation rates. Also measurable improvement are some of the leading indicators, like attendance.
Lynette: So you're saying we're not in a situation like Buffalo? We are not finding ourselves in a crisis or disaster?
King Jr.: Well the crisis in Buffalo is the combination of the poor performance and the lack of a plan. I think what you have in Rochester, yes poor performance, but there is a plan. There are some promising initiatives and we will evaluate at the end of the school year how that plan is going whether or not the schools are making progress and we'll determine at that time if we've seen sufficient progress.
Lynette: could we find ourselves in a situation like Buffalo? If you don't see the progress that you're looking for?
King Jr.: That is possible. We are committed to better outcomes for kids and the board of regents and the state education department are prepared to increase our intervention to whatever level is necessary to see better outcomes for kids.
The commissioner says he's pleased with what he saw today at the schools. But come June, There will be close scrutiny of students test scores, their grades and attendance. the commissioner promised it will no longer be business as usual in New York State if kids are not meeting the standards.