Dear Baldwinsville Community:
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has recently released accountability designations as required by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). To foster equity, goals of the New York State ESSA plan include components which make schools equally welcoming environments for all students, increase fiscal transparency in school building spending, and use multiple measures to allow students to demonstrate proficiency in state learning standards.
Based on student performance and each of our school’s participation rates for the Grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics, and Science testing during the 2018-19 school year, our district has been designated as a target district. This is based on two of our schools, Elden Elementary School and Durgee Junior High School, being identified as schools in need of Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI).
Due to this designation, in the coming months our district will conduct a series of surveys to gather feedback from school staff, parents, and community members related to what is working well and what is not in order for us to develop an improvement plan. Additionally, teams at Elden Elementary School and Durgee Junior High School will be working to develop school improvement plans which will be submitted to our district level team for approval prior to implementation. These plans will be implemented during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 school years and progress will be regularly measured.
Thank you for all that you do to help our schools and district support all students in achieving their full potential. I look forward to your continued support and feedback as we work through the process of developing our improvement plan.
I have attached a document with additional information about the Every Student Succeeds Act as provided by the New York State Education Department. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Joseph M. DeBarbieri
Acting Superintendent of Schools
ESSA Fact Sheet