Elsewhere: 12 SF campuses appear on list of low-performing schools Ex, Tough choices for 12 S.F. schools in bottom 5% Chron

The California Department of Education released a preliminary list today of the state’s 188 persistently lowest performing public schools, 46 of which are in the Bay Area.

The list, which is subject to approval by the state Board of Education, includes Bay Area schools in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Solano and San Mateo counties.

The schools on the list represent the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state based on state achievement exams and graduation rates, according to the Department of Education.

Once the list is final, each school will be required under state and federal law to engage in one of four school intervention models by the 2010-2011 school year, according to the Department of Education.

The schools will also be eligible to apply for federal School Improvement Grants of $50,000 to $2 million each year for three years to implement the changes.

The state was required to identify the lowest performing schools by state law and by the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

An updated list will be posted on the department’s Web site later today. That list will be reviewed Thursday by the state Board of Education and then be sent to the U.S. Department of Education for final approval.

The preliminary list can be found online at

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