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December 11, 2017

Academics

 

 

The Duanesburg Central School District is committed to preparing students to meet the academic demands of a Regents diploma and much more, preparing them for successful careers and rewarding lives. Duanesburg offers a K-12 program designed to promote the academic and personal development of all students.

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APPR: Annual Professional Performance Review

 

APPR stands for Annual Professional Performance Review and it is the process by which teachers and principals are evaluated in New York State. The intent of APPR is to assist educators to improve the quality of instruction in schools and, in turn, to improve students’ performance and readiness for colleges and careers.

District APPR plans must meet strict state guidelines and be negotiated with local unions. Under state guidelines, APPR takes into account classroom observations and student performance. Teachers and principals across New York ultimately receive an overall effectiveness rating every year.

Learn more about APPR by following the link below:

APPR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 

GLOSSARY OF TERMS

 

Requesting ratings: All parents/guardians will have the right to obtain the APPR quality ratings and composite effectiveness scores for their child's teacher(s) and principal(s) once the scores are officially available in accordance with state law. Requests may be made in person, and parents/guardians will be asked to complete a form available from the principal's office at their child's school.

Common Core State Standards & State 3-8 Assessments

The state learning standards are essentially a series of learning goals and expectations that guide curriculum development and teaching practices across the state. The standards, adopted by New York in 2011, are comprised of the Common Core State Standards – national academic standards developed by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers – along with a small set of additional standards.

The Common Core State Standards were developed by a group of key stakeholders – teachers, business representatives, school administrators, governors, state education leaders, and content experts – from 46 states, including New York. [LEARN MORE ABOUT CCSS & 3-8 ASSESSMENTS]

Making numbers count: How educators use data to guide instruction & improve learning

Just like doctors use data and analysis to make decisions about patient care, teachers and school leaders collect information every day about students to ensure a successful learning experience. In fact, data and analysis are key to everything that goes on inside a school facility—from how a building is designed and the way services are provided to decisions about curriculum and technology.

Educators use a variety of methods and tools to gain a better picture of what a student’s needs might be. Such information helps them understand which instructional strategies are working and where more support and alternative strategies are required. READ MORE (PDF)

Resource: Glossary of tests

Tests, assessments, exams: teachers use them daily to gain valuable insight and feedback on what and how students are learning. DOWNLOAD GLOSSARY PDF

Resource: Tests, assessments, exams as time savers

View a video about why assessments- of any type - are used in school and how they save time for students and teachers. VIEW VIDEO

Resource: A History of New York State Standardized Tests

The Board of Regents were created by the state Legislature in 1784  to oversee all public schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and educational corporations in the state. The first Regents exams were administered in 1865. A lot has happened since then. VIEW AN INFOGRAPHIC ON THE HISTORY OF STANDARDIZED TESTS IN NYS

Federal education law

 

President signs Every Student Succeeds Act

Dec. 14, 2015

For the first time since 2001, the U.S. has new federal education legislation. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaces the No Child Left Behind Act that expired in 2007. READ MORE

Resources to learn more

 

For more information on the federal Race to the Top education initiative and NYS Regents Reform agenda, please visit the following websites:

• Engage NY: http://engageny.org/

• Common Core State Standards (general info): http://www.corestandards.org/

Other resources for parents

 


Parents/guardians may find the following learning-focused websites helpful:

https://www.teachingchannel.org

http://www.khanacademy.org/

 

Online parent and student information system available

parent portal image and linkAn online communication tool allows parents and students convenient online access to a secure site with information about a student's academic program and progress. The system, available through the district’s student management system—eschooldata, is generally known as a “parent portal.” The portal will provide access to middle and high school student class schedules, progress reports and report cards. [LEARN MORE]

New York State Report Cards

Every year the New York State Education Department releases a report card for every school district and school in the state. The report cards provide achievement data on districts and schools, as compared to their past years' performances and to other similar schools. Report cards are released each spring for the previous school year.

School report cards and interim reports

Duanesburg distributes report cards four times per year for the elementary and high school levels as well as interim reports four times per year for high school students.

Response to Intervention program & Academic Intervention Services

To ensure all students are receiving the type of instruction they need to be successful, Duanesburg Central School District teachers have used a nationally recognized instructional program, Response to Intervention (RtI), since the 2009-10 school year.

 Why RtI? "Districts shall identify students to receive Academic Intervention Services (AIS) through a two-step process. First, all students that score a level 1 must be assigned to an AIS class for remediation. Secondly, students performing below the median scale score between a level 2/partially proficient and a level 3/proficient on a grade 3-8 English language arts (ELA) or mathematics state assessment shall be considered for AIS. Upon identification of a student for consideration for AIS, districts shall then use a district-developed procedure, to be applied uniformly at each grade level, for determining which students shall receive AIS. After the district considers a student’s scores on multiple measures of student performance, the district determines whether the student is required to receive AIS."

Students shall be considered for AIS / RtI 3-8 if the median scale score between a level 2/partially proficient and a level 3/proficient and:

They were equally deficient in ELA and/or Mathematical units and lesson assessments (report card) for the 2015-16 school year.

They were equally deficient in the districts common formative assessment (NWEA) for the 2015-16 school year.

RtI plans and parent notification of service will be provided for those identified to receive service.

[LEARN MORE ABOUT RTI: BACKGROUND INFO]  

Textbooks for private school students

Capital Region BOCES is the textbook provider for Duanesburg. Each year, BOCES notifies families of private school students about dates for returning textbooks at the end of the school year and arranges to have textbooks delivered to the child's school for the start of the school year. (Families will be notified in case of exception.) If you have questions about ordering, picking up or returning your child's textbooks, please call Anne McCoy at Capital Region BOCES, 464-5123. The BOCES Textbook Loan Service is located at 20 Walker Way, Albany, NY 12205

UNIQUE OFFERINGS

 

 

 

Besides traditional academic course offerings, students may participate in a number of unique programs:

  • > Through an arts-in-education grant, the district is able to provide students in all grade levels with access to a professional-level music, art and dance program with Proctors Theatre. [LEARN MORE]
  • > Advanced-level classes offer students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school through the Project Lead the Way program, Advanced Placement and University in the High School classes. Several courses provide students with more hands-on experiences in forensics, health, journalism and environmental science. [DOWNLOAD THE HIGH SCHOOL AND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK -PDF]
  • > Access to career education opportunities are provided by the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School, which gives students hands-on experience.
  • > Dozens of extracurricular clubs and activities available at the high school and elementary school, including a school newspaper, drama club, Student Council and MasterMinds team.
  • > The district's youngest students have been participating in a full-day kindergarten program since the 2008-09 school year.