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Clayton A. Bouton High School Designated a Reward School

New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has designated Clayton A. Bouton High School in the Voorheesville School District as a Reward School.  According to the State Education Department, Reward Schools are schools that demonstrate either high academic achievement or the most progress with minimal gaps in student achievement between certain populations of students.

The statement from the NYS Education department (quoted below) is available here:

“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 2014-15 and 2015-16 school years or be among the top 10 percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2015-16 school year;
  • Have made Adequate Yearly Progress for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 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 accountability measures between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students) and students who are not members of that group.
  • 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. Further, 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 show that students are graduating students at a rate that exceeds the State average for students who didn’t demonstrate ELA proficiency when they first entered the school.”

“These remarkable schools deserve to be recognized for their efforts,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “The dedicated teachers and administrators in these schools are making a difference in the lives of their students. I congratulate all of the schools that have been awarded with this designation of excellence.”

“These schools serve as models to other schools in the state to inspire them to achieve a high level of accomplishment and improvement,” Commissioner Elia said. “Schools that excel should be recognized, and I am thrilled that many of these schools continue to demonstrate high achievement year after year.”

Congratulations to the students, faculty, and staff of Clayton A. Bouton High School for their continuous efforts in support of high academic achievement.