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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, September 9, 2005

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Jonathan Burman or Tom Dunn at (518) 474-1201



            A total of 511 schools have been identified by the State Education Department as In Need of Improvement under NCLB.  Of these, 57 schools were newly identified this school year.   

In addition, 71 schools have been removed from the Title I improvement list because they have made Adequate Yearly Progress for two consecutive years in all areas for which they were identified.   

Twenty-eight (28) of the newly identified schools and 47 of the newly removed schools were in New York City.           

All of these 511 schools receive Title I funds and must take a variety of actions under federal law.   

The Department also announced a list of schools that will be required to implement State accountability measures; these schools did not receive Title I funds for the number of years required to be identified as schools in need of improvement under federal NCLB requirements. A total of 180 schools have been identified as “Schools Requiring Academic Progress” (SRAP).  Of these, 6 schools are newly identified. These schools are required to develop a plan for improvement in the area(s) for which they are identified. The Department also announced that 22 schools had made sufficient progress to be removed from identification as SRAP schools.   

In addition to these schools, 21 schools that had previously been SRAP schools have now received Title I funds for a sufficient period of time to become identified as Schools in Need of Improvement (SINI) and two schools that had been SINIs were moved to the SRAP list because they will not receive Title I funds during the 2005-2006 school year. 

The number of schools identified as either in need of improvement or requiring academic progress decreased statewide by four percent from 721 to 691, even though the Annual Measurable Objectives needed to make Adequate Yearly Progress were raised last year. 

Schools In Need of Improvement receive additional funding. These schools, as well as Schools Requiring Academic Progress, also receive technical assistance to help them improve student performance.  Schools are held accountable for the achievement of students of different races and ethnic groups, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency, and low-income students.   

For the 2005-2006 school year, schools were identified based on Grade 4 and 8 English language arts, mathematics, and science results, as well as the performance of the 2001 high school cohort in English and mathematics, and the performance of the 2000 high school graduation cohort.  

Some of the schools identified today as needing improvement have educational programs that have produced good results for many students. However, the identified schools have not sufficiently improved achievement for particular groups of students, most often the students with disabilities subgroup.  In other cases, 95% of the students did not participate in State tests as required.  The data used to make these determinations are from the 2004-2005 State assessments. Several new elements of the accountability plan will be implemented in the 2005-2006 school year. Details regarding these changes can be found on the following pages.  

Under the Federal No Child Left Behind law, schools receiving Title I funds that did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the same subject and grade are designated as Schools In Need of Improvement. Among other requirements, these schools are required to development school improvement plans and offer public school choice.   

Schools that have been identified previously as in need of improvement that subsequently fail to make AYP on a criterion for which they have been identified are subject to additional requirements.  These schools are required to continue to implement their improvement plans, provide public school choice and also offer eligible students supplemental educational services SES).  These services are provided outside of regular school hours by an organization selected by the parent from a list of qualified providers approved by the Department.  Continued failure to make AYP will result in schools being subject to corrective actions or restructuring.

Schools Requiring Academic Progress do not fall under the provisions of Title I school accountability. However, they must develop improvement plans in the area for which they are identified and may also be required to take corrective actions or to restructure.  Schools Requiring Academic Progress are not required to offer public school choice or supplementary educational services.

There are – in New York City – 331 Schools In Need of Improvement and 93 schools Requiring Academic Progress for a total of 424 schools.  Last year, there were 457 schools that were identified as either in need of improvement or requiring academic progress.   

There are – outside of New York City  -- 180 Schools In Need of Improvement and 87 Schools Requiring Academic Progress for a total of 267 schools.  Last year, there were 264 schools that were identified as either in need of improvement or requiring academic progress.   

Beginning in the 2005-2006 school year, all public school students in grades 3-8 will be assessed annually in English language arts and mathematics.  The Department intends to replace its current Grade 4 and 8 Performance Indices with a single Grade 3-8 index that combines the results for all students who participate in the grade 3-8 testing program in a school. The Department will be submitting a request to the United States Department of Education to modify its current approved accountability plan to reflect the changes necessary to conform to the new grade 3-8 testing program. 

Given the planning involved in meeting SINI and SRAP requirements, the Department strives to provide districts with the information they need to determine the accountability status of their schools at the earliest possible date. Earlier this year, the Department informed school districts which schools would be required to provide choice and SES in the 2005-2006 school year as well as those that might have to provide choice and SES based upon 2004-2005 school year results.  To facilitate the provision of SES, the Department has approved 260 SES providers with multiple sites across the state. 

 Later this year the Department will provide additional information regarding schools identified for improvement and requiring academic progress and will announce the lists of districts in need of improvement and schools and districts that have been identified as High Performing/Gap Closing or rapidly improving.   

 Information on New York’s accountability system is available at

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