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Top officials from the New York City Department of Education fanned out across the city this morning to visit 22 schools that were among the top 25 highest-performing on the state’s latest math and reading tests.

The Bloomberg administration is touting the high density of city schools on the list as evidence that its policies have been good for the city. At the beginning of Bloomberg’s tenure, no city school made the state’s list of top performers, officials pointed out in a press release over the weekend. (The release rehashed a story that appeared in the New York Daily News last month.)

The catch — which Bloomberg administration officials are not highlighting as strongly — is that many of the schools screen their students or have another feature that makes them more likely to shoot to the top of the heap. Here’s what you should know about the 22 schools on the list — including which city official is visiting each of them today:

  • The Anderson School (97 percent average proficiency): A gifted school that admits students from across the city; students must be in the 97th percentile or higher on a gifted screening exam to apply but because of demand, almost everyone who is admitted scores at the 99th percentile. (Chancellor Dennis Walcott will visit.)
  • I.S. 187 in Brooklyn (96 percent): A gifted school in District 20, which includes the Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, and Borough Park neighborhoods. (Deputy Chancellor Dorita Gibson)
  • The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Queens (95 percent): A selective school in high-performing District 30, the school’s only testing grades are seven and eight, making the number of students factoring into the school’s average quite small. (Office of Family and Community Engagement Deputy Executive Director Daiana Iqbal)
  • NEST+M (94 percent): Like Anderson, an ultra-selective citywide gifted school (Deputy Mayor for Operations Cas Holloway and Director of Public Affairs Frank Barry)
  • P.S. 748 in Brooklyn (92 percent): A zoned school with a gifted program in District 20, the school only had third grade last year, meaning that only a few students made up the school’s average. (Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky)
  • P.S. 77 Lower Lab School (90 percent): A gifted and talented school, Lower Lab is among the most selective in Manhattan’s District 2. (Deputy Chancellor David Weiner)
  • Special Music School (89 percent): This tiny school screens students heavily for musical aptitude and has almost no English language learners, students with disabilities, or poor students. (Department of Education Chief Operating Officer Andrew Buher and Chief Financial Officer Mike Tragale)
  • Lab School for Collaborative Studies (89 percent): A selective school in Manhattan’s District 2 (Deputy Mayor for Communications and Government Affairs Howard Wolfson)
  • Success Academy Charter School Bronx 2 (87 percent): Last year, this school, which admits students by lottery, had only one tested grade: third grade. (Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford)
  • Scholars’ Academy in Queens (87 percent): Located on the Rockaway Peninsula, the school admits less than a third of applicants, and students must have high scores even to apply. (Deputy Chief Academic Officer Josh Thomases)
  • The Active Learning Elementary School (87 percent): This school in Queens only goes through grade three. (Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm)
  • East Side Middle School (85 percent): A screened school in Manhattan’s District 2 (DOE Senior Advisor for Communications and Public Affairs Andrew Kirtzman)
  • P.S. 188 in Queens: A zoned school in District 26, one of the city’s highest-performing, P.S. 188 also includes a district-wide gifted program. (Thomases)
  • M.S. 255 Salk School of Science (84 percent): A screened school in Manhattan’s District 2 (Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services Linda Gibbs)
  • P.S. 203 in Queens (83 percent): A zoned school and giften and talented program in District 26 (Walcott)
  • Mark Twain I.S. 239 for the Gifted and Talented (81 percent): A citywide selective school that admits students by test score and application (Iqbal)
  • Brooklyn School of Inquiry (79 percent): Like Anderson and NEST+M, an ultra-selective citywide gifted school (Polakow-Suransky)
  • Success Academy Charter School Bronx 1 (79 percent): Last year, this school, which admits students by lottery, had only one tested grade: third grade. (Deputy Chancellor Corinne Rello-Anselmi)
  • TAG Young Scholars (78 percent): Also an ultra-selective citywide gifted school, where students must be in the 97th percentile on a gifted screening or higher to be admitted
  • P.S. 321 in Brooklyn (77 percent): A zoned school in Park Slope (Sternberg)
  • P.S. 172 in Brooklyn (76 percent): A zoned school in Sunset Park (Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg)
  • P.S. 199 in Manhattan (76 percent): A zoned school on the Upper West Side (Buher and Tragale)