Office of School Reform
The goal of the Office of School Reform is to monitor school improvement at all sites. This must be accomplished by working collaboratively with US Department of Education officials, New York State Education Department representatives, staff in SCSD departments and each site's School Leadership Team (SLT). Furthermore, federal, state and local reviews to determine school progress are coordinated by the Office of School Reform.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has revised its public school accountability system and structure, as a result of an approved waiver of the Elementary & Secondary Education Act. Based on trend data for ELA, mathematics and graduation rates, Districts and schools are identified as REWARD, IN GOOD STANDING, FOCUS, or PRIORITY. Whereas Reward & In Good Standing schools respectively exceed or meet the adequate yearly progress (growth) expected, Priority & Focus schools are respectively furthest away from meeting this criteria. An analysis and evaluation of programming, as well as planning around efforts to improve are key elements of the school reform and improvement process. Additionally, all stakeholders should and must be engaged in monitoring the implementation of such plans. To find additional information on the NYSED accountability system, go to http://www.p12.nysed.gov/accountability/reports.html.
In the Syracuse City School District there is a District Comprehensive Improvement Plan, School Comprehensive Education Plans, Whole School Reform Plans and School Review Reports. Each of these plans are designed to facilitate school improvement in all areas of our work. The plans and school review reports will be available online as they are completed.