Rhinebeck High School Named a "Rewards School" for 2015-16 by the New York State Education Department
The New York State Education Department again has designated Rhinebeck High School as one of the few “Reward Schools” among the 4,800 schools across the state. According to the State Education Department, Reward Schools are either schools that have demonstrated high achievement or that have made the most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. Rhinebeck High school was named a high achieving school.
To be identified as a Reward School, a school must be ranked among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English Language Arts and Mathematics performance for both the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2014-15 school year. In addition, Reward Schools cannot have unacceptably large gaps in the performance of student on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students, students with special needs, etc.) and students who are not members of that group.
High Achieving Reward schools at the high school level must have graduation rates of at least 80%, and the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation must exceed the state average. High schools must also demonstrate that their graduation rate for students who entered the school performing below proficient in ELA or math exceeds the state average.
Rhinebeck High School received a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner of Education Dr. Mary Ellen Elia as a result of earning this designation.