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ESM assesses progress on preparing all students for college and career

Recently the New York State Education Department released the 2009-10 District Report Card. According to State Education Department officials, the report is an important part of raising learning standards for all students. The district report card provides information on the district status based on state and federal accountability systems. The report designates the status of the East Syracuse Minoa Central School District as a "District in Good Standing." This signifies that the district has met or exceeded the identified performance objectives in each area in the accountability group for all students.

English Language Arts and Mathematics assessment results are analyzed by teachers and administrators to inform instruction aimed at improvement in student learning as students progress from elementary through middle school and into high school. The report shows Secondary Level English results for general education students at 90 percent, with 45 percent of the students meeting the standards with distinction. Overall, 85 percent of the students, including those students with disabilities, met or exceeded the English standards. In mathematics, 89 percent of general education students met or exceeded the standards, with 49 percent reaching the level of distinction. In science the assessment results reflect 92 percent of fourth grade students and 90 percent of eighth grade students meeting or exceeding the learning standards. These significant areas of performance underscore the importance of a solid educational foundation for future opportunities in college and career.

The report indicates that ESM's graduation rate for 2010 was 88 percent. This, however, is not the complete picture, because it only takes into consideration students who received Regents' or Local Diplomas. Our actual graduation rate is closer to 98 percent, when one includes students who graduated two months later in August 2010, students with disabilities who graduated with Individualized Education Program (IEP) diplomas and students who have continued their education at ESM and will graduate in 2011. Students who completed their General Equivalency Diploma (GED) comprise 1 percent of the population.

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