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Accompsett Middle School actively promotes achievement, manners, and spirit by providing a safe and supportive learning environment which nurtures each student’s academic, social, emotional, and physical development while challenging them to reach their full potential. Achievement – we will reach our academic goals Manners – we will model polite behavior Spirit – we will demonstrate commitment to our school at Accompsett Middle School, the faculty, staff, administrators, and parents collaborate to provide a learning community which meets the needs of young adolescents.
March 11, 2020
Dear Accompsett Middle School Community,
The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently released accountability ratings for all school districts and schools throughout the state. Accountability determinations are made based upon a variety of data, including student performance on the New York State English Language Arts and mathematics assessments, among other things, as part of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
NYSED has designated Accompsett Middle School as a Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school. As a result of this TSI designation, the Smithtown Central School District has been identified as a Target District. The complex formula used to determine accountability ratings considers how various subgroups within the school performed on assessments in the 2018-2019 school year. In addition to actual student performance, the non-participation (opt-out) of students on the assessments is also factored into the accountability calculations.
At Accompsett Middle School, the students in one subgroup (economically disadvantaged) did not meet the performance expectations set by New York State. It is important to note, however, that this subgroup had a 66.1% opt-out rate on last year’s ELA and mathematics assessments. Due to the high number of test refusals, the number of students in this subgroup who took the assessments was quite small. The high number of test refusals was a significant factor in this accountability identification.
As a result of this identification, the District and school will be required to follow a series of actions that have been prescribed by NYSED over the next two years.
I strongly believe that designating Accompsett Middle School as a TSI school based solely on the performance of a small number of students in a single subgroup does not accurately represent the quality of the District, faculty, staff or students. This identification is not consistent with the actual achievement of the students in the district or in this particular subgroup.
In Smithtown, we educate the whole child and take pride in offering students an outstanding education. We are honored to serve all students and will continue to support and maintain high expectations for everyone.
Interim Superintendent of Schools