The State Education Department announced district and school accountability determinations as required by the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and New York’s ESSA plan. New York State Education Commissioner, MaryEllen Elia, identified 245 schools as needing Comprehensive Support and Improvement including, Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School. Principal James Buhrmaster stated, “Our Board of Education, Superintendent, administrators, faculty, staff and I are focused on providing the support our students need to succeed.”
Based on data for the 2017-18 school year, every school district in the state earns a score of 1 to 4, where 1 is the lowest and 4 is the highest, for each ESSA accountability indicator. Accountability indicators include:
- student achievement in English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies;
- student growth in English language arts and math;
- 4-, 5-, and 6-year graduation rates;
- student readiness for college, career, and participation in civic life;
- acquisition of English proficiency by English language learners; and
- chronic absenteeism.
The Taconic Hills Junior-Senior High School was identified mainly based on student growth in ELA and Math for 7th and 8th-grade students and chronic absenteeism for the same group.
All schools, including Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School, who were identified as needing Comprehensive Support and Improvement must complete the following actions:
- Participate in an on-site needs assessment led by a team assembled by NYSED;
- Review additional data and documentation to identify needs to be addressed in the school’s improvement plan;
- Conduct surveys of parents, staff, and students;
- Develop, in consultation with parents, school staff, and students, a School Comprehensive Education Plan that is submitted to NYSED for approval;
- Identify a school-wide evidence-based intervention to be included within the improvement plan.
NYSED will visit Taconic Hills Jr/Sr High School on March 27-29 to examine practices and determine needs. The School will assemble an Improvement Team in March to create a School Comprehensive Educational Plan based on the needs assessment, and survey data. This team will include representatives from all stakeholder groups; students, teachers, staff, and administrators.
You are invited to learn more about the school’s improvement plan on Saturday, March 9, 2019, during session 2 at our Success Fest from 10:25-11:10 am. Mr. Buhrmaster will provide an overview and lead a question-answer session.
To learn more from NYSED click here: accountability data
The success and well-being of our students are our highest priority and we feel confident that our school improvement plan will address these challenges and raise the level of achievement for all students.