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Gloversville school cited in report

GHS needs improvement in English language arts: state

November 5, 2010
By AMANDA WHISTLE, The Leader-Herald

GLOVERSVILLE - Gloversville High School has been identified by the state Education Department as a school needing improvement under the No Child Left Behind Act.

The state's annual Report Card Accountability and Overview Report, released Thursday, bases those findings on test scores and students' performance in English language arts and mathematics. The state said the high school was deficient in the area of English language arts and also indicated students with disabilities subgroup at the elementary and middle-school levels weren't meeting "adequate yearly progress" in English.

Statewide, 532 schools were identified as needing improvement.

Gloversville school officials have said they are working on developing a comprehensive educational plan to submit the state but also noted the state does not take into account all sub-groups of students when analyzing the data. This may be why the district was listed as needing improvement even though it frequently graduates several students with academic scholarships with accredited colleges and universities, Gloversville school officials said.

"While we have challenges to overcome across the board in the high school, we also have many areas of success to be proud of," Superintendent Robert DeLilli said in a news release. "Many of our students leave here on full academic scholarship to prestigious colleges - that doesn't happen by accident." About 80 percent of Gloversville graduates pursue higher education, the release said.

Parents, teachers, administrators and students have been meeting weekly since September to come up with areas - based on analysis of attendance, performance, assessment, discipline and other data - where efforts for improvement need to be centralized, the release said.

"Involving all stakeholders is a key element to this plan," Frank Pickus, assistant superintendent of curriculum, said in the release.

DeLilli and Pickus were in a meeting this morning and couldn't be reached for further comment.

The district's plan, which will identify current effective practices while highlighting specific areas that need improvement, is expected to be submitted to the state by the end of December, according to the release.

State-mandated Supplemental Educational Services are already available to all high school students. For more information, parents are encouraged to contact their school principal or Pickus at 775-5791.

Amanda Whistle covers Gloversville news. She can be reached at



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