Giffen, Sheridan Prep identified as needing
In January 2019, the New
York State Education Department identified two district elementary
schools that did not meet their student achievement goals:
Giffen Memorial Elementary School and Sheridan
That means the schools need to take steps to
improve in order to meet the expectations created in the Every Student
Succeeds Act, the federal law that outlines how states can use federal
money to support public schools.
It also means that the schools will be governed
by the state’s receivership law, which appoints a “receiver” --
initially, the superintendent -- to oversee the turnaround of these
schools. The law sets a deadline by which the schools have to
The superintendent will work with Giffen and
Sheridan Prep principals and their respective school communities to
develop practices to meet and exceed the law’s expectations.
Giffen and Sheridan Prep both showed academic
progress in some areas in 2018 even though the state placed them in
At Sheridan Prep, the percentage of students
proficient in ELA (levels 3-4) increased from 9 percent in 2017 to 14
percent. The percentage of students at level 1, the lowest level, also
decreased from 56 percent to 38 percent in third grade.
In math, Sheridan Prep’s percentage of
proficient students increased from 6 percent to 14 percent.
At Giffen, in ELA the percentage of students at
level 1 decreased by 13 percentage points in third grade, by 20
percentage points in fourth grade and by 10 percentage points in sixth
grade. The school’s percentage of sixth-graders proficient in ELA also
increased from 5 percent to 15 percent.
“While Giffen and Sheridan Prep did not meet all
of their academic targets in 2018, it is important to note that both
schools did make progress,” Adams said. “We are confident that with the
strong partnerships these schools have begun to build through their
Community Schools models, and with the leadership and teamwork they have
in place, Giffen and Sheridan Prep will join our district’s list of
schools in Good Standing.”
All three district
schools that have been in receivership in the past – Albany High School,
Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy and William S. Hackett Middle School
– have made the improvement necessary to return to Good Standing.
The 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.
The state sets "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.
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.
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