School and District Accountability
The United States Department of Education (USDE) approved amendments to the accountability section of New York State’s consolidated state plan under the ESSA on September 8, 2023. Incorporating input from educational experts and stakeholders, including public comment, the approved amendments include:
- Components from the one-year Restart Phase, such as modifications to accountability indicators and timelines;
- Indicators provided for informational purposes only; and
- Modifications to identification and exit criteria and timelines.
The USDE approval letter and the clean and redline versions of the New York State ESSA plan, as well as a table of approved changes, can be found on the ESSA plan webpage.
Rebuild Phase Information Webinars
To provide stakeholders with further support in understanding the two-year Rebuild Phase of New York State’s accountability system, the New York State Education Department (NYSED) has prepared a series called “Rebuild Phase Information Webinars” that explains components of the accountability system and the identification methodology and provides examples.
The table below lists the topics in this series. Additional webinar materials for these topics will be introduced throughout the 2023-24 school year.
|Identification and Exit Criteria
|Weighted Average Achievement and Core Subject Performance (Elementary/Middle Level)
|Weighted Average Achievement and Core Subject Performance (High School Level)
|English Language Proficiency
|Webinar will be posted here when it becomes available.
|Student Growth and College, Career, and Civic Readiness (CCCR)
|Webinar will be posted here when it becomes available.
May 2023 Webinar: Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability Rebuild for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 School Years
In May 2023, while the Rebuild Phase was pending USDE approval, NYSED provided a webinar to help stakeholders understand the components of the proposed plan. While the USDE has since approved the proposed amendments to the accountability system, this webinar can be a useful resource as a general overview of the Rebuild Phase. A more detailed and updated explanation of the components of the accountability system is provided in the Rebuild Phase Information Webinars series, found above.
The webinar, titled “Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Accountability Rebuild for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 School Years,” provides information on the proposed Rebuild Phase that includes:
A brief overview of how NYSED restarted the accountability system in the 2022-23 school year.
An explanation of NYSED’s proposed plan to rebuild the accountability system for the 2023-24 school year based on 2022-23 school results and for the 2024-25 school year based on 2023-24 school year results.
A recording of the webinar can be found here:
A PDF version of the webinar presentation slides can be found here:
Questions related to the accountability system can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2022-23 School Year Indicator Information Sessions Related to the Federally Approved One-Year State Plan Addendum under ESSA
In September 2022 the United States Department of Education (USDE) approved the one-year ESSA State Plan Addendum for making 2022-23 school year accountability determinations using 2021-22 school year results. NYSED has designed a five-part series, “Indicator Info Sessions,” that will explain how each of the accountability indicators will be calculated under the one-year accountability system for the 2022-23 school year.
2022-23 School Year Indicator Information Sessions Resources and Recordings
- "New York State Accountability Indicator Info Sessions for the 2022-23 School Year: Frequently Asked Questions for a compilation of questions that were provided via email or through session participants and answers developed by NYSED
- "Understanding the New York State Accountability System under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) for 2022‐2023 Accountability Statuses Based on 2021-2022 Results"
|#1: Weighted Average Achievement and Core Subject Performance (Elementary/Middle Level)
|Info Session #1 Presentation Slides
|Info Session #1 Recording
|#2: Weighted Average Achievement and Core Subject Performance (High School Level)
|Info Session #2 Presentation Slides
|Info Session # 2 Recording
|#3: Graduation Rate
|Info Session #3: Presentation Slides
|Info Session #3 Recording
|#4: Chronic Absenteeism
|Info Session #4: Presentation Slides
|Info Session #4 Recording
|#5: English Language Proficiency
|Info Session #5: Presentation Slides
|Info Session #5 Recording
2022-23 School Year Approved ESSA Accountability State Plan Webinar, Addendum, and FAQ
This webinar provides information on New York State’s ESSA State Plan Addendum that was approved by USDE in September 2022. The webinar explains the one-year accountability system that will be used for making 2022-23 school year accountability determinations using 2021-22 school year data. After a series of public comment and stakeholder feedback, NYSED submitted the ESSA Accountability State Plan Addendum to USDE in August 2022. The full text of the ESSA Accountability State Plan Addendum and USDE approval letter of the addendum can be found here. Questions concerning the content of the webinar can be directed to email@example.com.
New York State Accountability Restart for the 2022–2023 School Year using 2021–2022 School Year Data: Frequently Asked Questions provides information regarding frequently asked questions related to the accountability restart for the 2022-23 school year. The FAQ document covers topics related to the 2022-23 school year accountability determinations process, accountability indicators, supports and funding for identified schools, future determinations beyond the 2022-23 school year, and data reporting.
The following materials were developed in 2022 in preparation for restarting the ESSA accountability system for the 2022-23 school year. These resources were provided, some in draft form, to inform stakeholders and to seek stakeholder input. The final, approved full text of the ESSA Accountability State Plan Addendum and USDE approval letter of the addendum can be found here.
July 2022 ESSA Accountability State Plan Draft Addendum
This July 2022 webinar provides information on the restart of the ESSA accountability system and how 2021–22 school year results will be used to make accountability determinations for the 2022-23 school year as required by ESSA. The webinar explains changes that NYSED plans to submit to USDE as an addendum to the current State ESSA plan. The ESSA Accountability State Plan Addendum allows NYSED to modify accountability indicators, the methodology for making accountability determinations, and the exit criteria for previously identified schools. The plan addendum allows NYSED to make accountability determinations based solely on the use of 2021-22 school year data.
A survey was used to seek stakeholder input regarding the ESSA Accountability State Plan Addendum. The survey received stakeholder input through Friday, August 5, 2022.
April 2022 ESSA Accountability Restart Webinar for the 2021-22 School Year
This April 2022 webinar provides an overview of the recent accountability waiver denial, flexibilities and constraints given by the United States Department of Education (USDE) for restarting the accountability system, and a description of the state of the accountability indicators in the 2021-22 school year.
A survey was used to seek stakeholder input on possible modifications to New York State’s accountability plan for determining school accountability based on results from the 2021-22 school year. The survey received stakeholder input through Friday, April 29, 2022.
Questions concerning the April and/or July 2022 webinars and surveys can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Accountability (OA), in alignment with the approved New York State ESSA plan and Commissioner’s Regulations, oversees the accountability data of schools and districts in the following areas:
- Accountability Methodology
- Identification of the accountability status of schools and districts
- Implementation the self-assessment process for schools with special circumstances
- Measures of Interim Progress
- Modification of existing public schools and registration of new public schools under Public School Registration
- Oversight of the classification and accountability status of Transfer High Schools
- School Receivership Demonstrable Improvement Indicators
- State Monitors
- Variance from Section 100.2(a) of the Commissioner's Regulation for the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) - Alternative Mode of Building Administration