Fall 2016 update
The City School District of
Albany, in partnership with the Community Engagement Teams at each of
the schools identified under the state's receivership law,
continues to submit required documents to the State Education Department to move forward with the efforts to raise achievement for all
students at Albany High School and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy.
The following reports were
submitted to the Education Department on Nov. 7.
Albany High School
Schuyler Achievement Academy
Due to its progress in the 2015-16 school year,
William S. Hackett Middle School was removed from the state's list of
2015-16 school year
The district submitted
Community Engagement Plans, Public Notification Templates and supporting
evidence to State Ed for each school – Albany High School, William S.
Hackett Middle School and Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy.
district also submitted Continuation
Plans, Indicators for Demonstrable Improvement and quarterly reports for all three schools.
Follow the links below to download the documents
submitted for each school.
Albany High School
William S. Hackett Middle School
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy
The law initially applied to 144 New York schools the state
has identified as “struggling” or “persistently struggling,” including
Albany High School, Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and William S.
Hackett Middle School.
Albany High and Schuyler were designated as
“struggling” schools and Hackett was designated as a “persistently
struggling” school. They were identified because their overall
performance on state tests significantly lagged behind other schools in
the state for more than three years at Albany High and Schuyler, and
more than 10 years at Hackett.
Due to its progress in 2015-16, Hackett was removed from the list.
The new law appoints a “receiver” -- initially, the
superintendent -- to oversee the turnaround of these schools, and sets a
deadline by which the schools have to demonstrate improvement. Receivers
are authorized to make several changes, including lengthening the school
day or school year, making curriculum changes and, in more drastic
cases, replacing teachers or administrators.
Hackett had one year to show progress; Albany High and Schuyler
have two years.
The state set "demonstrable improvement"
guidelines for each school. If a school does not meet those goals
during that time, the state will require the Board of Education to
appoint a state-approved outside receiver, removing the district’s
ability to control future decisions about the school.
Also, in accordance with the law, each school
has submitted an improvement plan to the state.
The state has provided provisional approval for the improvement plans for
all three schools: Albany
Hackett and Schuyler.
will affect the schools
As the receiver for each school under its current
status, the superintendent will work with each principal and the
three school communities to develop practices to meet and exceed the
expectations of the law. Change opportunities at the schools could
Changes to curriculum
Extending the school day and
Each school also is required to
create a community engagement team under the new law. Each school's
community engagement team will consist of the principal, parents and
guardians, teachers and other school staff, and students. The team's
membership can be changed at any time.
Each community engagement team must develop
recommendations for improvement of the school and solicit input through
public engagement. The team will present its recommendations
periodically to school leadership and the receiver.
The City School District of Albany held public
hearings in August 2015 at the three schools affected by the new state
Superintendent Marguerite Vanden Wyngaard, Ph.D.,.
hosted meetings Aug. 11 at
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy for about 70 attendees and at
Albany High School for about 100 attendees. She hosted a similar
William S. Hackett Middle School for about 60 attendees Aug. 12.
At each hearing, Dr. Vanden
Wyngaard discussed how the law will affect that school. In
addition, parents and members of the public had opportunities to share
their thoughts and concerns, and ask questions. Written comments were accepted through Aug. 28.
More information about school turnaround
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