The nine schools in Good Standing are the most the district has had
since 2010-11, the second year of the state’s current accountability
system. The district had four schools in Good Standing entering this
“We are pleased to see so many of our schools making strong academic
progress,” said Superintendent Kaweeda G. Adams. “I would like to
commend our administrators, teachers, support staff – and especially our
students and their families – for their dedication and efforts.
“However, we know there is much more work to do, and we must remain
focused on our goals and committed to our educational design to ensure
academic success for all of our students and all of our schools in the
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about how the district's educational design and instructional framework
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Albany High also has come off the state’s list of Receivership schools,
although the school will need to comply with the remaining monitoring
and reporting requirements through the end of the current year.
State Ed announced in December that the high school
significant progress on performance measures that included more students
passing Regents exams, a higher graduation rate, improved safety and
High’s graduation rate has increased from 50 percent for the Class of
2010 to 65 percent for the Class of 2017. State Ed is expected to
announce 2018 graduation rates in February. Based on the high school’s
continued progress, the district anticipates the rate will increase
again for the Class of 2018.
Albany High and
here are the seven other district schools in Good Standing for 2018-19
(follow the links to each school page and select the NYS report card
link on the left-hand side for more information about each school's
state assessment data):
Two district elementary schools also have been added to the state’s list
of Receivership schools:
Memorial Elementary School and
Sheridan Preparatory Academy.
Under the state’s Receivership law, the superintendent will work with
the Giffen and Sheridan Prep principals and their respective school
develop practices to meet and exceed the Receivership expectations.
Sheridan Prep is planning a meeting at school for families on Feb. 5 to
discuss the impact of Receivership and next steps. Giffen will hold its
meeting with families to begin the planning process Feb. 13.
and Sheridan Prep both showed academic progress in some areas in 2018
even though the state placed them in Receivership.
Sheridan Prep, the percentage of students proficient in ELA (levels 3-4)
increased from 9 percent in 2017 to 14 percent. The percentage of
students at level 1, the lowest level, also decreased from 56 percent to
38 percent in third grade.
math, Sheridan Prep’s percentage of proficient students increased from 6
percent to 14 percent.
At Giffen, in ELA the percentage of students at level 1 decreased by 13
percentage points in third grade, by 20 percentage points in fourth
grade and by 10 percentage points in sixth grade. The school’s
percentage of sixth-graders proficient in ELA also increased from 5
percent to 15 percent.
Giffen and Sheridan Prep did not meet all of their academic targets in
2018, it is important to note that both schools did make progress,”
Adams said. “We are confident that with the strong partnerships these
schools have begun to build through their Community Schools models, and
with the leadership and teamwork they have in place, Giffen and Sheridan
Prep will join our district’s list of schools in Good Standing.”
three district schools that have been in Receivership in the past –
Albany High, Hackett and Schuyler – have made the improvement necessary
to return to Good Standing.
the 2018-19 accountability status for the remaining district schools:
Accountability designations have changed for 2018-19 to reflect the new
federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaced No Child Left Behind.
Here are the new ESSA designations, with their NCLB equivalent:
Good Standing = Good Standing
Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) = Focus status
Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) = Priority status
district is a Target District for 2018-19, essentially unchanged from
its Focus District designation in 2017-18.
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