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Contract for Excellence 2014-15

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 district.

 

The total contract amount is $1,792,209 -- the same as 2013-14. Click here to see the 2014-15 contract's spending plan.

 

Targeted schools

The plan targets students with the greatest educational need as identified on the Educational Need Matrix provided by the State Education Department.

 

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 Services; and

  • For teacher/principal quality: A portion of the salaries for literacy and math coaches.

William S. Hackett Middle School -- $397,185.50 will provide the following:

  • 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 position; and

  • 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 position; and

  • 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).

District-wide efforts

Efforts throughout the district generally fall into two categories:

  • ESL, literacy and math; and

  • Early education

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:

  • Evaluating teachers;

  • 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.

 

Public input

You are invited to share your questions, concerns or comments regarding the 2014-15 Contract for Excellence either in writing or at an upcoming public hearing.

 

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:

Superintendent of Schools

1 Academy Park
Albany, NY 12207

 

 

 

 

 

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