Harmony Hill Elementary School and Cohoes Middle School have been identified as Local Assistance Plan (LAP) schools based on performance in specific subgroups of students.
Q. What is a Local Assistance Plan or LAP?
A. A Local Assistance Plan (LAP) is a designation given to New York schools by the State Education Department. A school may be identified as LAP, if it meets one of the following criteria:
1. School failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for an accountability subgroup for the same accountability measure for the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school year results; or
2. School had a gap between the subgroup and the non-subgroup students for any of the accountability subgroups of 100 or more points for the 2013-14 Performance Index (PI) or 50 percent or more for the 2009 4-Year graduation rate and the gap for the same subgroup increased from the 2012-13 PI or the 2008 4-Year graduation rate; or
3. School is located in a district that is not identified as a Focus District and has a 2013-14 combined English Language Arts (ELA) and mathematics PI or a 2009 4-Year graduation rate at or below the cut points established on an accountability measure for a subgroup in a Focus District.
Q. Why is Harmony Hill a LAP school?
A. Harmony Hill Elementary School has been identified as a LAP school for missing progress benchmarks for the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years on the English Language Arts (ELA) New York State assessment among the white student population.
Q. Why is
Cohoes Middle School a LAP school?
A. Cohoes Middle School has been identified as a LAP school for missing progress benchmarks for the 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years on the Grade 8 Science New York State assessment among the white student population. A performance gap was also identified in the black student subgroup for 2013-14 combined ELA and Math New York State assessment scores.
A. The "Plan" part of this designation are the steps the school and district will take to correct the deficiencies identified by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).
Q. Does being a LAP school
mean that we are failing?
A. Absolutely not. The purpose of this review is to ensure that schools DO NOT fail. The plan above outlines the steps that the district has, and will make, in order to address all student needs in the indicated area.