All Chatham Central Schools In “Good Standing”
In September, The New York State Education Department (NYSED) removed Chatham Middle School from its “School In Need of Improvement” list and now classifies CMS as a “School in Good Standing.”
In 2011, the state identified CMS as a “School in Need of Improvement” based on state assessment results in English Language Arts for students with disabilities.
As a “school in need of improvement” CMS undertook a number of levels of self-study to identify and address areas of deficit in its educational program, and structured improvement plans to target those areas. These plans were reviewed by the Board of Education and BOCES, and where submitted to and accepted by the state. The District implemented ongoing improvement in core instructional areas, provided academic intervention services and additional literacy programs for students with disabilities, implemented scheduling changes to increase focus on academics, and provided additional professional development for staff.
With students showing improvement on test scores, the school meeting requirements set forth by the state, and with changes made to the way the state identifies schools as needing improvement, CMS is no longer considered “in need of improvement.”
Additionally, the Chatham Central School District, Chatham High School and the Mary E. Dardess Elementary School all continue to be identified as “Schools In Good Standing.”
For more information on state assessments or the No Child Left Behind accountability system for schools, please visit the NYSED website…