Academics

Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

In the Voorheesville Central School District, we seek to support the achievement of all students by fostering their potential for scholarship, curiosity, critical thinking, and problem-solving. We work to build students’ capacity for independent, self-directed learning and to develop their social and emotional growth and well-being. We believe that each student brings unique strengths to our school community and, by offering an array of learning opportunities, we endeavor to develop each student’s talents and interests, while challenging them with rigorous academics.

Grade Promotion and Placement Policy

Decisions about student promotion and placement are at the discretion of the building principal. These decisions are guided by recommendations of teachers and staff members, past academic performance and parent/guardian input. Past academic performance refers to a variety of indicators of student achievement and growth. The district’s promotion and placement policy was adopted by the board of education following a review by the district administration.

Title I/Right to Know

Teacher Qualifications

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), parents/guardians have the right to know the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teachers, including:

  • Whether a teacher has state certification for the grade levels and subjects he or she is teaching;
  • Whether a teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;
  • Whether the teacher is teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher;
  • Whether their child receives services from paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications; and
  • Whether their child has been taught for four or more weeks in a row by a teacher “who does not meet applicable state certification or licensure requirements at the grade level and subject area in which the teacher has been assigned.”

Parents/guardians may request their child’s classroom teacher’s professional qualifications by contacting Director of Curriculum Karen Conroy at kconroy@voorheesville.org or 518-765-2382, ext. 703.

Testing Information

Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), parents/guardians have the right to know specific information about the required assessments their child will take. These assessments include:

  • NYS Assessments:

    • In the spring of each school year, students in grade 3-8 take:
      • NYS Assessment for English Language Arts
      • NYS Assessment for Mathematics
      • NYS Science Assessment will be undergoing some changes in the coming years. In June 2022, Grade 8 will be the last grade to participate in the NYS Science exam based on the 1996 science standards. Beginning in the 2022-23 school year, Grades 5 and 8 will be tested in the spring with the new assessment aligned to the new NYS P12 Science Learning Standards.
  • Our Local Benchmark Assessments:

    • PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) assessment is used in kindergarten as a universal screening tool. The results are used to provide effective literacy instruction and prevent future reading problems.
    • The Star Assessments for Reading and Math are used in grades 1-8 as a universal screening and progress monitoring tool to identify students at risk of experiencing difficulties in reading and math.
    • The Fountas and Pinnell benchmark assessments are administered one to one with students and are used as an additional resource for K-3 teachers. The results assist teachers with providing effective literacy instruction and student placement for guided reading.
  • Benchmark assessments are scheduled for universal screenings three times a year (September, January/February, and May/June) and usually take about 20-30 minutes a session.
    • Screening results are not included in the calculation of any student grades. Parents who are interested in results of the screenings may issue a request with the child’s teacher.