School is back in session, and students are entering the regular routine — packing their lunches and backpacks in preparation for a day of learning. But how well are they learning? How does their school stack up against the others on Long Island?
The New York State Department of Education categorized each school and district into four performance tiers for the 2014-15 school year. Six schools on Long Island received the lowest ranking while 704 are in good standing.
From lowest to highest, the rankings are as follows:
Priority: Schools or districts in the lowest 5 percent statewide for English and math that are not making progress from the previous year.
Focus: Schools or districts that "must develop comprehensive plans to support improvement efforts."
Local Assistance Plan: Schools or districts that need to improve performance to avoid slipping into the Focus category. This category functions as a watch list and there are 49 Long Island schools with this designation.
Good standing: Schools or districts that meet state criteria for adequate performance.
Twenty schools on Long Island received the Focus ranking and 49 Local Assistance Plan.
Additionally, the state designated as "reward schools" those that have made yearly progress in a range of accountability categories. Ninety-nine Long Island schools received this designation.
Explore the data to see where the highest- and lowest-ranking schools on Long Island are.
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