49 LI schools put on state's watch list

The list includes elementary schools in highly rated Great Neck, Roslyn, Half Hollow Hills, Locust Valley, Port Washington and East Williston, according to Newsday.

Some officials blame low scores from special ed

Some officials blame low scores from special ed students struggling with common core.

PORT WASHINGTON - Dozens of Long Island schools have been put on the state's watch list because of low student test scores.  

Officials have reported that 49 Long Island schools are included in the list.

The list includes elementary schools in highly-rated districts such as Great Neck, Roslyn, Half Hollow Hills, Locust Valley, Port Washington and East Williston, according to Newsday.

Many school administrators say the methods used by the state are unfair and misleading. They say that state may cite test scores from certain subgroups of students, including special education students or children for whom English is a second language. Critics say those test results may skew the school's overall performance and, as a result, place it on the watch list.

District officials say they will now have to come up with ways to improve the test scores to get off the list.

Ironically, some of the districts cited, including Half Hollow Hills and Great Neck, have schools that are on a state list of high-performing schools.

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