Testing/Assessments and Learning Standards
February 25, 2008

New York State Accountability System

Author: Research and Educational Services: No. 200813

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In July of 2006, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education of the United States Department of Education (USDOE) approved New York State's request to amend its State accountability plan under Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Act of 1965 (ESEA), as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB). In September of 2006, the Board of Regents approved the New York State Education Department's proposed regulations to conform the Commissioner's Regulations to NCLB relating to school and local education agency accountability. This bulletin provides information on the components of New York State's accountability system. This Information Bulletin concludes with a section on "Advice to Local Leaders".

Highlights of the Changes

The amendments to Section 100.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education address the findings of the USDOE peer review and enable the State Education Department to:

• Modify the School Performance Index to incorporate the results from New York's grade 3-8 assessment program in English language arts and mathematics;

• Revise the Annual Measurable Objectives in English language arts and mathematics to reflect the use of grade 3-8 test results;

• Combine the elementary and secondary science criteria into a single combined elementary-middle level science criterion;

• Revise the definition of the graduation cohort beginning with the 2003 graduation cohort to make schools accountable for students after they received five months of instruction in a school or district;

• Incorporate the Limited English Proficient (LEP) subgroup students who had previously been considered LEP students during the prior one or two years in order to calculate Adequate Yearly Progress;

• Restrict the use of backmapping to schools serving exclusively students below grade three

• Restrict the use of the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test (NYSESLAT), for participation rate purposes, to limited English proficient students who have attended school in the United States (not including Puerto Rico) for less than one year; and

• Indicate that the NYSESLAT will no longer be administered, in lieu of the required State assessment in English language arts, for accountability purposes beyond the 2005-2006 school year.

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