Office of Accountability

Self Assessment, Alternate Cohort, and Special Act Alternative Accountability System


The Accountability, Policy and Administration office is responsible for determining AYP for Self Assessment schools, and schools with Alternate Cohorts. This office also makes SURR determinations for Special Acts schools.

1. If you are looking for information on completing a Self Assessment for 14-15, please scroll down to Section 1

2. For information on alternate cohort accountability, please scroll down to section 2

3. Special Acts Alternate Accountability System is explained in Section 3


Section 1: Self Assessment System for Schools

In accordance with the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) must be determined for each public school and charter school in the State.  To meet this requirement of NCLB, Commissioner’s Regulations Part 100.18 requires that a self-assessment be conducted in those schools for which decisions regarding AYP cannot be made based upon students’ participation in State assessments.

Questions about this requirement may be directed to Paulette Coppin at (718) 722-4553.

Self Assessment Form for 2014-15 (33 KB) MS Excel

NCLB Statewide Self Assessment Requirements for 2014-15 (28 KB)

Template of letter sent to respective Districts/Charter Schools (45 KB)


Section 2: Accountability system for schools with alternate cohort

Commissioner’s Regulations 100.18 allows schools in which more than half the students enrolled have previously been enrolled in another high school or in which more than half the enrollment is receiving special education services to voluntarily submit the performance of an alternative high school cohort.

Alternate cohort Memo (44 KB)

Alternate Cohort data submission guidelines for 2011 cohort (40 KB)


Section 3: Special Act District Alternative Accountability System

Please note - Data collection for this program is suspended till further notice

Participating Special Act Districts have been approved to pilot the use of STAR assessments towards evaluating academic gains and gap reduction. The results from STAR assessments will be used only to determine SURR status, and will not be used to determine AYP status; unless the school does not have an accountability cohort.


Last Updated: August 28, 2015