ESSA School Accountability

The New York State Education Department has recently released its new, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) school accountability determinations. The Fallsburg Central School District has been identified as a “target district;” the Fallsburg Jr.-Sr. High School has been identified as a school in need of “comprehensive support and improvement” (CSI). Student subgroups at the district and school (i.e., Fallsburg JSHS) levels have also been identified for “targeted support and improvement” (TSI).

NYSED’s new accountability metrics measure student achievement, student growth, academic progress, graduation rates, English proficiency, college/career/civic readiness, and attendance rates in new and myriad ways. The formulas used in each of these areas are complicated: In its attempt to measure schools beyond student performance on standardized assessments, it has developed methods that many have yet to fully comprehend. Also, by combining criteria into distinct categories (e.g., see table below: “Composite Performance & Student Growth”), NYSED has increased the number of possible ways a school or district can be identified.

Fallsburg CSD and JSHS have been identified for comprehensive support and improvement (CSI) based on the “all student” subgroup’s performance in:

The data included in these areas are mostly drawn from results in the NYS 3-8 assessments and graduation rates in 2016-17 and 2017-18. The school status has not changed due to Covid-19 and the lack of state assessments in 2020-21 and in 2021-2022. For a more detailed picture of every accountability level and student group, one may review the spreadsheet, “Fallsburg CSD ESSA School Accountability Determinations--2018–19.” Any cell highlighted in red indicates a subgroup or area that prompted CSI or TSI identification. One can jump to the “CSI Areas” and “TSI Areas” tabs for a summary of areas identified.

The district and JSHS will conduct needs analyses and develop new strategic plans for improvement--similar to the school comprehensive education plan (SCEP) and district comprehensive improvement plan (DCIP).

While these areas were identified for improvement, it should be noted that Benjamin Cosor Elementary School was found to be in “good standing.” Two student subgroups that had been identified for improvement previously by NYSED--English language learners and students with disabilities--were not identified as “level 1” in any accountability area under these new guidelines.

View the NYSED ESSA complaint procedures here:

For additional information on NYSED ESSA accountability, one may access and review the following:

Should you have any questions regarding this, please contact Dr. Sally Sharkey, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at (845) 434-5884 or

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Fallsburg CSD ESSA School Accountability Determinations--2018–19