Pursuant to New York’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver and Commissioner’s Regulations Section 100.18(g)(6), NYSED has identified Local Assistance Plan (LAP) Schools since the 2013-14 school year. Currently, schools may be identified as LAP when they:
- have failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for three consecutive years for the same subgroup on the same accountability measure;
- have large gaps that are increasing between students who are members of a subgroup or students who are not members of a subgroup;
- are performing at a level that places schools among the lowest performing in the state for a subgroup.
As the New York State Education Department (NYSED or “the Department”) prepared to submit its next ESEA flexibility waiver renewal application to the Board of Regents for consideration in February 2015, NCC helped the Department assess recommendations from districts with Local Assistance Plan Schools in the 2013-14 or 2014-15 school years on how the LAP identification process can be made more effective. NCC also helped the Department obtain feedback on its most recent proposals for improving the process of identifying LAP Schools. NCC provided consultation to the Department on how to best obtain feedback, which ultimately included discussions with a statewide LAP Schools workgroup and a statewide survey. NCC helped design the survey, which the Department administered.