Education department names schools that need improvement
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CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- Several Capital Region school districts have been identified as schools that must develop improvement plans for their schools.
According to the State Department of Education, failing schools could be identified in two categories: Priority schools or focus schools.
Priority schools are among the lowest five percent in the state, have a graduation rate of less than 60 percent and show that students are not making progress in English and math performance. Several schools in the Albany, Schenectady, Troy and Amsterdam districts are among those identified on that list.
Focus schools are those in which students with disabilities or who are from low income homes are among the lowest performing in the state in English and math. Several schools in the same districts, as well as Gloversville and Hudson Falls, are listed as focus schools.
Using funding from the state, these schools must develop plans that will implement whole school reform.
Additionally, the Commissioner identified 250 high achieving and high progress schools. In our area, just to name a few. Bethlehem, Mayfield and Lake George High Schools were listed as reward schools.
Reward schools are eligible to compete for a Commissioner’s Schools Dissemination Grant of up to $100,000.
For more information, visit www.p12.nysed.gov.