Liberty Middle School designation rises to “Good Standing”

Thanks to the hard work of Liberty Middle School teachers, staff, administrators, parents and, most especially, the students, the Middle School has joined Liberty Elementary as a “School in Good Standing” with the New York State Education Department.

The Education Department this week confirmed that the Middle School has successfully attained the improved designation. In 2019, the Middle School was designated as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, meaning that too many students were underperforming.

“This is terrific news and testament to the hard work of our administrators and teachers,” said Liberty Superintendent Dr. Augustine E. Tornatore.

The designations are largely based on student performance on New York State’s annual English Language Arts and Math assessments, which are taken by students in grades 3-8. Other factors include academic progress, absenteeism, graduation rates, and English language proficiency.

Student data is further divided into 10 subgroups: all students, American Indian and Alaska Native; African American; Hispanic or Latino; Asian; White; Multiracial; English language learners; students with disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students.

The designations assigned to districts and schools are:

  • Recognition School: A school that is high-performing or rapidly improving.
    School in Good Standing: A school that does not have any underperforming student subgroups.
  • Targeted Support and Improvement School: Has at least one low-performing student subgroup.
  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement School: Has an “all students” subgroup with underperformance in the bottom 5 percent of all schools in the state and, for high schools, a graduation rate below 67 percent.

Liberty High School’s designation as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) School, remained unchanged.

TSI designated schools are required to develop a School Comprehensive Education Plan which identifies needs and evidence-based intervention solutions and seek input from parents, staff and students through an annual survey.

“Our administrators and faculty continue to develop new curricula and provide targeted professional development to ensure that all our Liberty students achieve at their highest level, progress every year, attend school every day, graduate on time and feel ready for the world of college or careers,” Dr. Tornatore said.

For more information on how the designations are determined, visit the State Education Department’s website.