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Board of Education Meeting
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Nov. 15, 2011

Golding designated as a School in Need of Improvement

The New York State Education Department has designated William H. Golding Middle School as a School in Need of Improvement (SINI).

The SINI designation means that the school has failed to meet adequate yearly progress (AYP) in one area for two years in a row as measured by the New York state assessments. Golding Middle School has missed AYP in the subgroup of Students with Disabilities on the English and Language Arts assessment for both the 2010 and 2011 assessment cycle.

“The process is already unfolding of what will be a thorough, evidence-based approach to systemic school-wide improvement for William H. Golding Middle School,” said Principal Scott McDonald.

McDonald has assembled a School Quality Review Team that is taking a comprehensive look at all the school’s programs, with a focus on special education. From that, a Quality Improvement Plan will be developed that will contain measurable goals for the school.

In addition, the school will be working with Meagan Kumar, a special education school improvement specialist, who will be providing technical assistance to the district.

The plan for improvement must be completed and submitted to the New York State Education Department by Jan. 31, 2012, with shorter term outcomes due every few weeks to the School Quality Review Team. Further details of the plan will be announced as they are finalized.

“It will take all the staff and a thoughtful, deliberate approach to high quality instruction to move our students to the next level,” McDonald said. “We are committed to our students and we will help them reach their maximum potential.”

The district as a whole is focused on improving student achievement. With the implementation of Common Core Standards, Race to the Top initiatives and a raise in the minimum scores needed to rate proficient on state testing, administrators and faculty have been reviewing programming relative to learning in the schools and exploring how to best make sure C-RCS students are prepared for the future with 21 Century skills.

“C-RCS is committed to giving every child a quality education and helping all students reach high standards of achievement,” Superintendent Lynn Macan said. “Every effort is being made to provide effective instruction to best meet the needs of each of our students.”

Golding Middle School will no longer be considered a school in need of improvement after it makes adequate yearly progress for two years in a row.

For more information, please read our SINI: Frequently Asked Questions.