Both OESJ schools deemed ‘Schools in Good Standing’ under the new federal ESSA law

The 2019 ESSA accountability designations for NYS schools have now been released and Superintendent Joseph Natale is proud to announce that both the OESJ Elementary School and Jr/Sr High School have been deemed “in good standing” by the state.

A school identified as “in good standing” under the newly enacted federal ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) law means that all student performance subgroups are meeting or exceeding state measures.

“We are pleased that the ESSA law confirms what we have known right along – that we are doing an excellent job educating students at OESJ,” said Natale. “Despite this recognition, we will continue to sharpen our curriculum and deliver results for our students.”

Here’s the announcement from the NYS Education Department.

With the goal of ensuring that more students reach proficient levels on the NYS exams in 2019, Natale and administrators have examined and enhanced the current curriculum as well as the resources available to assist in student success. Read more about these district-wide efforts-

ESSA views student performance in these categories:

  • Composite Performance: This is a measure of how well elementary and middle school students are performing on the state’s English Language Arts (ELA), math and science exams. For high schools, it is a measure of student performance in ELA, math, science and social studies exams.
  • Student Growth: This is a measure of student improvement on statewide assessments in ELA and math for students in grades 4-8. Scores are compared to similar scores in the prior year(s).
  • Academic Progress: This is measured by looking at progress on ELA and math state assessments against the long-term and short-term goals assigned by the state.
  • Graduation Rates: This indicator is a measure of the four-, five-, and six-year cohort graduation rates, compared to the long-term and short-term goals assigned by the state.
  • English Language Proficiency: This indicator measures the progress of English Language Learners (ELLs) in meeting their individual goals on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT).
  • Chronic Absenteeism: Chronic Absenteeism is determined by comparing the percentage of students who miss 10 percent or more days of instruction against long-term goals and short-term goals set by the state for each school/district.
  • College, Career and Civic Readiness (CCCR): The College, Career and Civic Readiness indicator is determined by the percentage of students who leave school prepared for college, career and civic readiness. The number of diplomas, credentials, advanced course credits and enrollments a school has, as well as the number of career and technical education certifications, compared in long-term and short-term goals are factored into the school’s score.

In all 10 subgroup categories, students at OESJ performed at or above expectations in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school year. The 2016-17 school year is the foundation for comparing school progress on the state tests.

ESSA views the data over a two-year period. So, a school’s subgroups must have success for two consecutive years to be considered in “good standing.” After two years of one or more subgroups failing to meet expectations, that school and district is no longer in “good standing.”

All schools are given one of these four designations:

  • Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving. The anticipated release of Recognition School designations is the spring of 2019.
  • School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any under-performing student subgroups.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School (TSI): TSI schools have at least one low-performing subgroup.
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School (CSI): CSI schools have an “all students” subgroup with under-performance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a four-year graduation rate below 67 percent.