New Rochelle Schools Fail to Make the Grade as NYSED Reward Schools

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NEW ROCHELLE, NY -- New York State Commissioner John B. King, Jr. has identified 354 high achieving and high progress schools as Reward Schools. Thirty eight schools in Westchester County were named "Rewards Schools" for 2014 by the New York State Education Department. No New Rochelle schools were on the list.

Reward Schools are either schools that have high achievement or schools that have made the most progress in the state and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

Be among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2012-13 school year.
Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95% of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.
Not have unacceptably large gaps in the student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.

In addition, elementary and middle schools must demonstrate that students are making annual growth in ELA and math that exceeds the State average and that the school’s lowest achieving students are also making gains that exceed the State average, High schools must have graduation rates of at least 80% to be a high achieving school and 60% to be a high progress school and the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation or a Career and Technical Endorsement (CTE) must exceed the state average. High schools must also demonstrate that their graduation rate for students who entered the school performing below proficient in ELA or math exceeds the state average.

All "Rewards Schools" for Westchester County were named to the list as “high performing” schools based on high test scores. None of the schools in the City School District of New Rochelle were designated as “high performing” or “high progress”.

Each Reward School will receive a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner. Title I Rewards Schools that have been identified as Reward Schools based on both 2011-12 and 2012-13 school year results are eligible to apply for a Reward School grant, if the school is not currently receiving this grant.

Westchester County Rewards Schools are listed below (ordered by school district)

Ardsley High School - Ardsley UFSD
Bedford Village Elementary School - Bedford CSD
Briarcliff High School - Briarcliff Manor UFSD
Briarcliff Middle School - Briarcliff Manor UFSD
Todd Elementary School - Briarcliff Manor UFSD
Bronxville Elementary School - Bronxville UFSD
H C Crittenden Middle School - Byram Hills CSD
Robert E Bell School - Chappaqua CSD
Seven Bridges Middle School - Chappaqua CSD
Croton-Harmon High School - Croton-Harmon UFSD
Eastchester Senior High School - Eastchester UFSD
Greenvale School - Eastchester UFSD
Edgemont Junior-Senior High School - Edgemont UFSD
Seely Place School - Edgemont UFSD
Purchase School - Harrison CSD
Farragut Middle School - Hastings-On-Hudson UFSD
Hastings High School - Hastings-On-Hudson UFSD
Irvington High School - Irvington UFSD
Main Street School (4-5) - Irvington UFSD
John Jay Middle School - Katonah-Lewisboro UFSD
Katonah Elementary School - Katonah-Lewisboro UFSD
Meadow Pond Elementary School - Katonah-Lewisboro UFSD
Lakeland High School - Lakeland CSD
Lincoln Titus Elementary School - Lakeland CSD
Thomas Jefferson Elementary School - Lakeland CSD
Walter Panas High School - Lakeland CSD
Chatsworth Avenue School - Mamaroneck UFSD
Murray Avenue School - Mamaroneck UFSD
Colonial School - Pelham UFSD
Pelham Memorial High School - Pelham UFSD
Siwanoy School - Pelham UFSD
Pleasantville High School - Pleasantville UFSD
Midland School - Rye City SD
Edgewood School - Scarsdale UFSD
Greenacres School - Scarsdale UFSD
Tuckahoe High School - Tuckahoe UFSD
Valhalla High School - Valhalla UFSD
Yorktown High School - Yorktown CSD

For more details on the Reward School identification methodology visit.

The Reward Schools list is available on the State Education Department (SED) website here.

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