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  • Harry Hoag Elementary identified as local assistance plan school

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  • The Fort Plain Central School District has been notified by the New York State Education Department that Harry Hoag Elementary is a local assistance plan school.
    Schools are identified as LAPs either for not making adequate yearly progress for a subgroup for multiple years, having increasing gaps in performance between the subgroup and students not in the subgroup or having a subgroup performance at or below a certain point.
    SED identified Harry Hoag Elementary a LAP school for failing to make adequate yearly progress in English Language Arts for three consecutive years for students with disabilities.
    This was based on assessment data from the 2009 - 2010, 2010 - 2011 and 2011 - 2012 school years.
    Districts, public schools and charter schools are held accountable for student performance according to federal No Child Left Behind and state regulations. Districts and schools are assigned a “status” based on student performance and are subject to certain consequences if it is not satisfactory. The state Education Department previously grouped schools into three status categories — reward, focus and priority — until it added the LAP category this year. State leaders describe LAP schools as a watch list of schools that need to improve to avoid slipping into focus status.
    In accordance with state regulations, a district in good standing — such as Fort Plain — that has LAP schools will be required to “work with the identified school(s) to complete a diagnostic self-review document and report template for each identified LAP school.” Both must be approved by the board of education and posted to the districts’ website by Nov. 22.
    To complete the report, districts have three options:
    • Complete the self-review internally, using state available resources;
    • Enlist a Special education school improvement specialist through the local BOCES to assist with walk-throughs, interviews and a final report; and
    • Enlist SESIS support for the entire self-review process, which includes professional development.
    “Fort Plain chose the second option, which allows the SESIS to assist to some degree in the completion of the report,” said special education director Theodore Arndt in a news release.
    According to the state Education Department, the self-review document and report template will fill the regulatory requirement for LAP schools to develop a plan that specifies the following:
    • The process by which the plan was developed and how school leadership, staff, parents and students were given meaningful opportunities to participate in the development of the plan;
    • The additional resources and professional development that will be provided to LAP schools to support implementation of the plan; and
    • The actions to improve the performance of the subgroup(s) for which the school was identified and the timeline for implementation of the actions.
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