Weekly Feature

2018-02-07 / Education

Amherst High School lauded as ‘High-Performing Reward School’

For the third consecutive year, Amherst Central High School has been named a High-Performing Reward School by the state Education Department.

According to district officials, Amherst is one of five high schools in Erie County and one of 155 high schools statewide to achieve this recognition level for the 2018-19 school year.

Each Reward School will receive a certificate of recognition from the state education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia.

“The 2018-19 Reward School designation is a testament to faculty and staff at Amherst Central High School whose mastery of content knowledge and instructional delivery has created a robust academic environment for all students,” said Gregory Pigeon, principal of Amherst High School.

District officials said that to be identified as a Reward School, a school must:

• Be among the top 20 percent of schools in the state for English language arts 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.

• Not have unacceptably large gaps in student performance on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group — such as low-income students — and students who are not members of that group.

High schools must have graduation rates above 80 percent to be a high-achieving school, and the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation or a Career and Technical Endorsement must exceed the state average.

Additionally, high schools must demonstrate that their graduation rate for students who entered the school performing below proficient in ELA or math exceeds the state average.

District officials added that based on its 2017-18 designation as a High-Performing Reward School, Amherst High School was the spotlight school in a Strategies for Success feature in the December 2017 issue of the OA Newsline, a publication from the state Education Department’s Office of Accountability.

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