Wayland Elementary recently received notice from the New York State Education Department it has been identified as a Recognition School based on results from the 2018-2019 school year.
According to the letter from NYSED, Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are currently schools in good standing that are among the top performing in the state under the *ESSA accountability system for academic performance in the core subjects, as well as for growth in English language arts or mathematics at the elementary level.
*The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a US law passed in December 2015 that governs the United States K–12 public education policy.
“This recognition speaks to the outstanding teamwork of our families, students, teachers, counselors and support staff,” said Principal Theresa Carhart. “Parents have committed to getting their kids to school and participating in state exams. Our teachers and support staff continuously seek out varied methods to meet the differing needs of our students with a goal to find the most effective outcomes related to learning. We’ve been looking at the whole child and how mental health needs impact learning and all of this attention to our children has resulted in an improving learning experience for our students. I am proud of the hard work and dedication of our educational professionals!”
Recognition schools have met or exceeded school or state measures of interim progress for English language arts and mathematical progress, the chronic absenteeism, and college, career and civic readiness indicators. These schools meet the federal 95 percent participation rate assessment requirement for the English language arts and mathematics assessments for all of their students group. Finally, Recognition Schools must also perform acceptably on the ELA proficiency indicator (if applicable) for the all students group and not be at risk of identification as a targeted support and improvement school.
Congratulations to the staff and families of Wayland Elementary School!