The School Improvement Team is responsible for the implementation of the Differentiated Accountability system which was approved by the United States Department of Education in January 2009 and adopted by the NYS Boards of Regents in May 2009. The goal of the Differentiated Accountability system is to better match the support and interventions provided to schools (to improve student achievement) with the academic reasons that led to the schools identification for improvement under No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Specific activities include:
- Assists districts to improve school performance and student achievement in low-performing schools. The Team focuses on districts with schools in Improvement, Corrective Action and/or Restructuring and is responsible for the implementation and follow-up of School Quality Reviews (SQR), External School Curriculum Audits (ESCA), and Joint Intervention Teams (JIT).
- Coordinates/participates in on-site reviews of selected schools, coordinates the writing of reports and makes recommendations for follow-up by the Educational Expert/Distinguished Educator.
- Oversees District Improvement and Corrective Action activities and approves required School and District Improvement Plans (except for Persistently Lowest Achieving (PLA) schools).
- Provides assistance to the Title I School and Community Services Team in the review and approval of District Comprehensive Educational Plans (DCEPs), selected Consolidation Applications (ROS), and Title I School Improvement Grants.