The 2014-15 Contract for Excellence plan of the City School
District of Albany will continue efforts to improve student achievement
in schools cited by New York State as needing academic improvement. It
also will build capacity to serve students in high-needs schools across the
The total contract amount is
$1,792,209 -- the same as 2013-14. Click here to see the 2014-15 contract's spending plan.
The plan targets students with the greatest educational need as
identified on the Educational Need Matrix provided by the State
The 2014-15 contract supports programs and services for students at
Albany High School, the Alternative Learning Center, William S. Hackett
Middle School and Schuyler Achievement Academy.
Albany High School and the Alternative Learning Center -- $519,475.50 will provide the following:
For increased time on task: Staffing in math,
social studies, special education and social work; full-service
school program through Parsons Child and Family
For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salaries for
literacy and math coaches.
William S. Hackett Middle School -- $397,185.50 will provide
For increased time on task: Staffing of a reading teacher and a home school coordinator;
full-service school program through Parsons Child and Family
Services; caseworker coordination through Catholic Charities;
For English language learners: Staffing of an English-as-a-second
language (ESL) teacher
For teacher/principal quality: A portion
of the salaries for
literacy and math coaches.
Schuyler Achievement Academy -- $105,869 and will
provide the following:
For English language learners: Staffing of an ESL teacher
For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salaries for a math
coach; a portion of the salaries for the instructional supervisors
for math ad English language arts (ELA).
Efforts throughout the district generally fall into two categories:
ESL, literacy and math
1) Director of ESL and refugee services --
1 position for a total $108,597
2) Instructional supervisors -- 2 positions
for a total of $203,533
ESL, math and literacy programs are
led by instructional supervisors who are responsible for:
Providing job-embedded professional development;
Aligning and implementing the Common Core Learning Standards
district-wide, with an emphasis on supporting data-driven instruction.
Support the comprehensive education plans as schools the state
identifies as "focus" or "priority."
Also, ESL teachers have been continued at schools with
high refugee and immigrant populations to help students meet academic
expectations and make academic gains.
2) Instructional coaches
-- 3.5 positions for a total of $240,124
The district is
committed to the instructional coaching model to ensure rigor and
implementation of the Common Core Learning Standards with an emphasis on
instructional delivery, classroom management and assessment.
The plan will fund
3.5 instructional coach positions.
3) Reading teachers -- 1 position William
S. Hackett Middle School, a half-time position at Arbor Hill Elementary School and
a half-time position at North Albany Academy
for a total of $152,334.
Early education -- 1 position for a total of $95,439
The district is committed to the retention of the 600-seat
full-day prekindergarten program to support early foundational
education, and the 2014-15 contract will
fund one prekindergarten teacher at Delaware Community School.
Contract for Excellence regulations indicate that the contract plan
should result in at least a 10 percent gain in the percent of the target
group students achieving the state standards. The target group students
are those at the identified schools that did not meet their benchmark
for annual progress, designated by the State Education Department as
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
Click here for
a timeline of 2014-15 Contract for Excellence activities.
You are invited to share your questions, concerns or comments regarding
the 2014-15 Contract for Excellence either in writing or at an upcoming
The district will hold a public hearing on the
2014-15 Contract for
Excellence on Thursday, June 19 from 6:30-7 p.m. at Thomas
O'Brien Academy of Science and Technology (TOAST), Lincoln Park, Albany.
Please submit written comments by July 17 to:
1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207