New York State Education Commissioner Elia recently identified South Side High School as one of 185 schools in New York State to be recognized as a Reward School. These are schools that demonstrate either high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement between certain populations of students. In her statement Commissioner Elia said, “These schools serve as models to other schools in the State to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement.”
To be identified as a Reward School, a school must:
- Be among the top 20 percent of schools in the State for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2015-16 school year;
- Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments; and
- Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on accountability measures 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, High schools must have graduation rates above 80 percent 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. In the 2015/2016 school year South Side High School had a 97% graduation rate, 99.6% of graduates received a Regents diploma and 86% of graduates received a Regents diploma with advanced designation.
Congratulations, South Side High School!