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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339




SED releases accountability status for all New York schools

Fort Plain schools listed in ‘Good Standing’ by NYS Department of Education

The Fort Plain Central School District, along with Harry Hoag Elementary and Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School have all been listed as being in “Good Standing” by the New York State Education Department, based on student test scores from the 2013-2014 school year.

This is an improvement in standing for Harry Hoag Elementary, which previously had been labeled a LAP (Learning Assistance Program) school for failing to make Adequate Yearly Progress in English Language Arts for three consecutive years for students with disabilities. This was based on student test scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11, and 2011-2012 school years.

In accordance with state regulations, a district in Good Standing – such as Fort Plain – that has LAP schools are required to complete a diagnostic self-review document and report template for each identified building. Part of Harry Hoag’s plan included the implementation of a co-teaching model. Co-teaching is an instructional delivery approach in which general and special education teachers work together in the same classroom.

Student test scores improved at Harry Hoag in the 2013-14 school year, in large part because of the co-teaching approach, said Superintendent Douglas Burton.

“Our students with disabilities gained a lot of ground by being immersed in the regular education program,” said Superintendent Douglas Burton. “The co-teaching model is based on the belief that students with disabilities who are placed in the least restrictive environment have better chances of achieving their individual learning objectives. Being in the regular classroom also enhances their interactive social and communication skills development.”

School districts, public schools, and charter schools are held accountable for student performance based on the federal No Child Left Behind legislation and state regulations. Districts and schools are assigned a status based on student performance on certain standardized tests, and are subject to certain consequences if those test scores are deemed unsatisfactory. The state previously grouped schools into three status categories (reward, focus, and priority), adding in the LAP category last year. State leaders describe LAP schools as a watch list of schools that need to improve to avoid slipping into "focus" status.