SED releases accountability status for
all New York schools
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
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.