In March 2016, the New York State Education Department designated the Liberty Central School District as a Focus District. View story from March 2016.
The state evaluates the performance of schools across the state, and Focus Districts and Focus Schools are among the lowest performing on the grades 3-8 English language arts and math state assessments. In addition to the district designation, both Liberty Elementary School and Liberty Middle School have been identified as Focus Schools.
The Focus designations for Liberty Central School District and its elementary and middle schools were given to the following specific subgroups:
- Liberty Central School District: “Economically Disadvantaged” and “Students with Disabilities”
- Liberty Middle School: “Black,” “Economically Disadvantaged,” and “Students with Disabilities”
- Liberty Elementary School: “Economically Disadvantaged,” “Hispanic.”
As a focus school, Liberty administrators allocate time to concentrate on its school’s improvement efforts to close the achievement gaps in an effort to help all students reach his or her learning potential. To do this, they have developed a Focus District Committee and a Building Leadership Team.
In October 2016, parents, students, staff members, and administrators were asked to participate in a Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) Survey to gain insight on our district leadership and capacity, school leader practices and decisions, curriculum development and support, teacher practices and decisions, student social and emotional developmental health, and family and community engagement. View story from October 2016.
The scores and analysis from these reports were used in 2017 to develop the district comprehensive improvement plan and school comprehensive educational plans. The findings, along with other data, were also used to inform district and school goals for 2017-18.
The Focus District Committee is comprised of administrators and teachers from each school. This district meets regularly to address ways in which the district can close the achievement gaps and help students thrive. Additionally, each individual school has its own Building Leadership Team (BLT) that discusses ways in which the school can grow and help students improve academically, socially and emotionally. This BLT is made up of administrators, teachers and parents. They oversee the school’s improvement plans and outreach goals.
For questions regarding the creation of the district or school improvement plan, please contact District Clerk/Secretary to the Superintendent Tania DeFrank at (845) 292-6990 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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