The Every Student Succeeds Act, or ESSA, the main federal law for K-12 public education, aims to ensure all children get a quality education. The law requires that states hold public schools accountable for how students achieve. ESSA does give states flexibility—their accountability systems can measure much more than just test scores.
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) has established a new set of indicators to measure school performance. NYSED developed these indicators with the input of thousands of people statewide—parents, educators, and experts. The new indicators include:
- student academic achievement;
- student growth and school progress;
- progress of English language learners;
- chronic absenteeism; and
- for high schools, graduation rates and preparing students for college, career and civic engagement.
Schools and districts earned a score for all students and for student subgroups. Such subgroups include members of racial and ethnic groups, low-income students, students with disabilities and English language learners. These levels are used to determine whether a district is a Good Standing District or a Target District and whether a school is in Good Standing or identified for Comprehensive Support and Improvement or Targeted Support and Improvement.
2019 - 20 Accountability Status
Understanding New York State Accountability System under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for 2020‐ 21 Accountability Statuses (Revised September 23, 2020)
Archived - Understanding the New York State Accountability System under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for 2019‐20 Accountability Statuses Based on 2018‐19 Results (July 2020)
Archived Accountability Designations
Participation Rate Improvement Plan
Participation Rate Improvement Plan Webinar 2019-20 - March 10, 2020
Memo: 2019 -20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan
Memo: 2019-20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan - 10 Percent
Recognition Schools List 2019-20
Recognition Schools Data File 2019-20
Identification Methodology for Recognition Schools based on 2018-19 School Year Results
Fact sheets on the new accountability system are available for parents and teachers. The fact sheet for parents is available in 11 languages.
14 Struggling Schools Make Demonstrable Improvement and Remain Under Superintendent Receivership - November 8, 2019
State Education Department Announces New School Accountability Determinations - January 17, 2019
2019-20 Title I School Improvement Grants (SIG) Basic - Planning Grants - May 13, 2020
Flexibility in the Use of Funds Associated with Approved 2019-20 Consolidated Applications for ESSA-Funded Programs During District and School Closures Due to COVID-19 - April 24, 2020
2019-20 Accountability Implications Based on April 2020 United States Department of Education Waivers and Changes to Commissioner’s Regulations §100.21 to Address the COVID-19 Crisis - April 17, 2020
Required Actions and Funding Levels for Target Districts, Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools, and Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) Schools - April 13, 2020
2019 -20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan - March 5, 2020
2019-20 Participation Rate Improvement Plan - 10 Percent - March 5, 2020
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability Status; Goals and Measures of Interim Progress (MIP) - October 2018
Long Term Goals and Measures of Interim Progress Memo for the 2022-23 School Year - July 2019
District/School MIPs for 2018-19 to 2022-23
Resources for Schools
Elementary School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - TSI
High School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - TSI
Elementary School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - CSI
High School Sample PowerPoint Template: Explaining the New Accountability System - CSI
2019-20 Charter School DCIP Equivalency Form
A charter school identified as a CSI or TSI school shall take such actions as are required by its charter authorizer pursuant to Article 56 of the Education Law consistent with the charter agreement that each charter school has with its charter authorizer. CSI charter schools receiving Title I funds must also submit a Charter School District Comprehensive Improvement Plan (DCIP) Equivalency Form to the Department by June 29, 2020.