Rhinebeck High School Named A Reward School by State Education Department for 5th Consecutive Year
The State Education Department has identified Rhinebeck High School as a 2017 Reward School, one of 155 high achieving and high progress schools across New York State, Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia announced on February 1, 2018. Reward Schools are schools with high academic achievement or those with the most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. Each Reward School will receive a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner.
“The teachers and administrators at these Reward schools work hard each day to raise the bar and give their students opportunities to achieve their dreams,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “The proof is in the results these schools have obtained and I am thrilled to celebrate their success.”
“It’s truly impressive that so many of this year’s Reward Schools were able to maintain the designation for three years in a row,” Commissioner Elia said. “All of these schools serve as models to others in the state to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement.”
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 (ELA) and math performance for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years, or be among the top ten 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 an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.
In addition, Reward 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 and the 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. 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.
Of the identified schools, 64 are located in New York City, 73 are located in the rest of the State, and 18 are public charter schools. In addition, 107 of these schools were identified as Reward Schools last year, and 81 have been identified as Reward Schools for three consecutive years. Of those 81 schools, Rhinebeck High School has been named as a Reward School by the New York State consecutively for each of the past five (5) years.
According to Rhinebeck school superintendent Joseph L. Phelan, “This recognition that has been bestowed upon Rhinebeck High School is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the school district’s K-12 teachers, staff, administrators, students, and parents, as well as members of the Rhinebeck community, who work in, learn in, and support Chancellor Livingston Elementary School, Bulkeley Middle School, and Rhinebeck High School. We look forward to the continuing support of our community to enable us to enable all of our children to learn and to excel at extended levels of achievement.”