New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has identified Maine-Endwell High School as a Reward School, for the second consecutive year, based on its high achievement and progress. MEHS is one of 155 schools to be named a Reward School by the commissioner. There are 4,468 public schools in NYS.
Reward Schools are schools that demonstrate either high academic achievement, or the most progress with minimal gaps in students achievement between certain populations of students. A school must:
Be among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts (ELA) and math performance for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2016-17 school year; Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years for all groups of students on all measures for which the school is accountable, including the requirement that 95 percent of all groups participate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments; and
Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on accountability measures between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.
Additionally, high schools must have graduation rates above 80 percent to be a high achieving school and above 60 percent to be a high progress school; must have a percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation, or a Career and Technical Endorsement (CTE) must exceed the state average; and must show that students are graduating at a rate that exceeds the state average for students who didn’t demonstrate ELA proficiency when they first entered the school.
“These schools serve as models to other schools in the state to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement,” said Commissioner Elia.
“We are extremely proud of Principal Thomas Burkhardt and the entire faculty and staff for their continued demonstration of excellence, said Superintendent Jason Van Fossen. “Being named a Reward School validates our staff’s commitment to academic excellence and their tireless efforts to ensure all our students succeed. As a school community, we couldn’t be prouder.”