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Syracuse City School District: Racing to the Top - Part III

In previous weeks, we have detailed the Syracuse City School District s (SCSD) situation in regard to the New York State Education Department s labeling three schools, Hughes Elementary, Delaware Academy and Fowler High Schools as persistently lowest achieving schools.

While there are significant steps in place (City Eagle, Feb. 4() for the district to meet the Federal Government s Race to the Top guidelines, there were already plans in place for the three schools and the district in general.

There is a long list of strategies in place for each school, but some of the more significant ones follow.

Hughes Elementary (Note: Hughes can be removed from the list if students continue the improvement made last year.):

Implemented and utilize the 4-Tiered System for Student Support in grades Pre-K through 6

Provided enrichment learning opportunities for students scoring at the lower levels (3 and 4) on the state assessments

Provided targeted instruction for English language learners (ELL)

Implemented Positive Behavior Intervention Supports for all students

Implemented and expand the after-school program

Delaware Academy:

Implemented and utilize the 4-Tiered System for Student Support in grades Pre-K through 6

Implemented a newly adopted English as Second Language (ESL) program

Created a partnership with SUNY Oswego and Project SMART to provide additional learning time for ESL students

Assigned Peaceful People to support classroom behavior programs and social/emotional learning

Fowler High School:

Implemented the Talent Development High School Program to increase instructional time for students scoring low on state assessment testing

Implemented Regents preparation classes for students who failed one or more Regents exams

Implemented the Fast ForWord reading intervention program for all 9th grade students

Established report card conferencing at grades 9 and 12.

Implemented the SU GearUp tutoring service to support content courses.

Additionally, the SCSD increased the availability and scope of professional development opportunities at each of the schools, as well as adding educational specialists, special education professionals and other staff to work in specific areas of need.

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