All six S-G schools recognized as ‘Schools in Good Standing’ under the new federal ESSA law

All six Scotia-Glenville schools have been deemed “Schools in Good Standing” by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the successor to the No Child Left Behind law.

“We are very pleased that, on this first release of ESSA data, that Scotia-Glenville met the standards in the various categories considered by the law,” said Superintendent Susan Swartz.

“However, we are monitoring several areas of data that could be problematic in the future; we continue to seek to ensure that all of our students achieve at the same high level, progress every year, attend school every day, graduate on time and are ready for the world of college or careers,” she added.

Here’s the announcement from the NYS Education Department.

ESSA views student performance in these categories:

  1. Composite Performance: This is a measure of how well elementary and middle school students are performing on the state’s English Language Arts (ELA), math and science exams. For high schools, it is a measure of student performance in ELA, math, science and social studies exams.
  2. Student Growth: This is a measure of student improvement on statewide assessments in ELA and math for students in grades 4-8. Scores are compared to similar scores in the prior year(s).
  3. Academic Progress: This is measured by looking at progress on ELA and math state assessments against the long-term and short-term goals assigned by the state.
  4. Graduation Rates: This indicator is a measure of the four-, five-, and six-year cohort graduation rates, compared to the long-term and short-term goals assigned by the state.
  5. English Language Proficiency: This indicator measures the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) in meeting their individual goals on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT).
  6. Chronic Absenteeism: Chronic Absenteeism is determined by comparing the percentage of students who miss 10 percent or more days of instruction against long-term goals and short-term goals set by the state for each school/district.
  7. College, Career and Civic Readiness (CCCR): The College, Career and Civic Readiness indicator is determined by the percentage of students who leave school prepared for college, career and civic readiness. The number of diplomas, credentials, advanced course credits and enrollments a school has, as well as the number of career and technical education certifications, compared in long-term and short-term goals are factored into the school’s score.

The law categorizes and assesses student performance in these 10 subgroups:

  • All students
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Asian or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander
  • White
  • Multiracial
  • English Language Learners
  • Students with Disabilities
  • Economically Disadvantaged

In all 10 categories, students at Scotia-Glenville performed at or above expectations in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school year. The 2016-17 school year is the foundation for comparing school progress on the state tests.

ESSA views the data over a two-year period. So, a school’s subgroups must have success for two consecutive years to be considered in “good standing.” After two years of one or more subgroups failing to meet expectations, that school and district is no longer in “good standing.”

All schools are given one of these four designations:

  • Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving. The anticipated release of Recognition School designations is the spring of 2019.
  • School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any under-performing student subgroups.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School (TSI): TSI schools have at least one low-performing subgroup.
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School (CSI): CSI schools have an “all students” subgroup with under-performance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a four-year graduation rate below 67 percent.