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District Comprehensive Improvement Plan

In the 2018-2019 school year, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) adopted a new set of accountability measures aligned with the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), the primary education law for public schools in the United States, replacing No Child Left Behind.

The main purpose of ESSA is to ensure public schools provide a quality education for all students, particularly, the achievement of historically disadvantaged students who fall into one or more of four subgroups. These subgroups include students in poverty, students of color, students who receive special education services, and students with limited English language skills.

As a result of the performance of 12 students on the NYSED Math/ELA assessments from 2016 - 2019, Buchanan-Verplanck Elementary School (BV) was designated as a Targeted School for Improvement (TSI). Students of color and students who receive special education services did not meet state and federal achievement targets in Math and/or ELA. Because we have a school designated as TSI, the District is designated as well.

Given this designation, an improvement was developed in collaboration with administrators, teachers, and parents in the 2019-2020 school year. The plan shared HERE outlines the goals set by this committee and the strategies for achieving the goals. It is important to note that the District is not identified for lack of meeting ESSA Accountability measures. The District remains in Good Standing.

Due to the pandemic, NYSED canceled elementary assessments in 2020 and 2021. As a result, BV (and all other designated schools in the state) remains a school with this designation based on performance from many years ago, even though those students are now in middle and high school.