Accountability

Fallsburg CSD Re-Identified as Focus District

Fallsburg JSHS Re-Identified as Focus School

Benjamin Cosor Elementary School in Good Standing


According to the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the Fallsburg Central School District has been re-identified as a focus district, pursuant to NYSED’s Accountability Waiver with the U.S. Department of Education. The Fallsburg Jr.-Sr. High School (JSHS) has been re-identified as a focus school; the Benjamin Cosor Elementary School (BCES) has been identified as a school in good standing. BCES was previously identified as a focus school.


These determinations were based on student performance (i.e., performance indices based on proficiency rates) on NYS assessments. NYSED had determined to identify 10% of all schools in the NYS as focus or priority schools. It established cut-points on performance indices that would meet this quota.

The performance index is determined based on the following formula:

PI = % of students at level 2 + % of students at level 3 + % of students at level 3 +% of students at level 4 + % of students at level 4.

The district was re-identified based on the performance of the African-American/black student subgroup on the 2014–15 NYS 3–8 assessments in ELA and math. The performance index target, to avoid identification, was 61. The district’s performance index for this subgroup was 46.5. The district had been previously identified, using the same identification methods, for multiple subgroups, including, but not limited to, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged students. The district met all elementary/middle-level performance index targets except for the African-American/black student subgroup.

The Fallsburg JSHS was re-identified based on the performance of the students with disabilities subgroup on the 2014–15 NYS 7–8 assessments in ELA and math. The performance index target, to avoid identification, was 29. The JSHS’ performance index for this subgroup was 14. The JSHS had also been previously identified for multiple subgroups, including, but not limited to, Hispanic/Latino and economically disadvantaged students. The JSHS met all elementary/middle-level performance index targets except for the students with disabilities subgroup.

It should be noted that the district and JSHS met all performance targets for high school-level accountability (i.e., Regents exam results) and graduation rates.

Though the same assessment data were used, determinations on focus districts and schools are different in methodologies than the “adequate yearly progress” (AYP) determinations on school report cards.

What does this mean?

The District and JSHS will continue to be reviewed according to the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) review protocols established by NYSED.

Unlike other focus schools, the JSHS will not be required to offer school choice since it is the only school with a 7–12 grade-span within Fallsburg CSD. As a re-identified focus school, the JSHS will be required to implement one element of NYSED’s “Whole School Reform Model."

Next Steps

The JSHS will receive a DTSDE review in 2017–18. The Fallsburg Central School District will conduct a self-review during the 2017–18 school year.

We will continue to monitor and support progress towards attainment of the goals detailed in our district comprehensive improvement plan (DCIP) and school comprehensive education plan (SCEP).


If you are seeking more information on this accountability status, you may visit NYSED’s accountability website by clicking here. You may also contact Matthew T. Evans, Ed. D., Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, at (845) 434-5884, or mevans@fallsburgcsd.net should you have any questions regarding this.