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Charlotte Valley Central School (CVCS) is one of 84 school districts statewide that has been identified as a Focus District by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). This identification action is in accordance with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver that New York State (NYS) received from the United States Department of Education in June 2015. New York State is required to identify new Priority Schools, Focus Districts and Focus Schools no later than March 1, 2016.
The 84 Focus Districts were identified because of low performance and lack of progress in ELA and Math, combined, or graduation rates for one of more accountability groups (racial/ethnic groups, low-income students, English language learners, and students with disabilities). Decisions regarding the identification of Focus Districts are premised on the performance of students in grades 3-8 on (NYS) ELA and Math assessments; and identifications are made specific to sub-groups of students within the total student population. According to NYSED’s Office of Accountability, CVCS was identified for High School Combined ELA & Math based on 2014-15 results.
As a result of this Focus District identification, CVCS must participate in a Diagnostic Tool for School Effectiveness (DTSDE) Review. The DTSDE review evaluates school and district performance in six areas: district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, curriculum development and support, teacher practices and decisions, student social and emotional developmental health, and family and community engagement.
Since the Charlotte Valley School is identified as a Focus School Federal law requires school districts to offer parents the chance to transfer their children within the district from a Focus School to a school in Good Standing. In our district, this is not an option because we do not have multiple schools serving the same grade levels.
Through this identification and review process, we will focus our collective energy to study programs and identify ways to continually improve our total school program. As more information becomes available, and as the review process progresses, updates will be provided.
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