The New York State Education Department has designated Fayetteville-Manlius High School and Enders Road Elementary School as 2018-19 Recognition Schools, recognizing them as being among those in the state that have high academic achievement, growth and graduation rate and have made progress during the 2017-18 school year.
“We are very proud of our students and staff for embracing the district’s mission of committing to academic excellence with a focus on authentic learning experiences, civic responsibility and innovative programs,” Superintendent Craig J. Tice said. “This designation is a reflection of their devotion on a daily basis to bettering our school community and each other both in and outside the classroom.”
The two Fayetteville-Manlius School District schools are among 562 schools total that the state designated as Recognition Schools. High schools make up 234 of the schools, and elementary-middle schools account for 328, according to the state.
“The teachers and administrators at these Recognition Schools have taken to heart the critical mission of educating the whole child,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Our priority is fostering equity for our children across New York. These schools serve as models of the levels of performance we seek for all schools to be able to achieve in the future.”
Recognition Schools are identified as such because under New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan they are among the top performing for performance, student growth and/or graduation rate; met or exceeded either the school or state measures of interim progress for English language arts and mathematics, rate of Chronic Absenteeism, and College, Career, and Civic Readiness; and met the federally required 95% participation rate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments, according to the state.
“We are taking a more holistic approach to school and student achievement under ESSA and I am excited to recognize these schools for their accomplishments and progress,” New York State Commissioner of Education MaryEllen Elia said. “I commend the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students for the hard work and dedication they bring each day—it is truly paying off.”