ESSA School Accountability, 2019
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. 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 need to conduct needs analyses and develop new strategic plans for improvement--similar to the school comprehensive education plan (SCEP) and district comprehensive improvement plan (DCIP). The JSHS will also receive an integrated intervention team (IIT) review by NYSED on February 20-22.
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.
The district will hold informational sessions at faculty meetings and community forums to explain these new determinations. The district and JSHS will convene strategic planning committees to review and revise the current plans for the 2019-20 year. Upon the completion of the IIT review in February, JSHS school leadership will enact the recommendations made by the NYSED team.
For additional information on NYSED ESSA accountability, one may access and review the following:
- NYSED’s Fact Sheet for Parents
- NYSED’s Hoja Informativa Para Padres
- NYSED’s Fact Sheet for Teachers
- NYSED’s Accountability Status Report Guide
Should you have any questions regarding this, please contact Dr. Matthew T. Evans, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction at (845) 434-5884 or firstname.lastname@example.org.