Overview

Alternative Quality Review

Alternative Quality Reviews refer to formative reviews that are conducted by the school’s network. These reviews do not yield a published report although reports for all schools identified as Priority or Focus by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) will be submitted to NYSED.

Principal's Guide to the Alternative Quality Review
The Principal’s Guide to the Alternative Quality Review, new for 2013-14, provides an overview of the Alternative Quality Review (AltQR) process and describes the four different types of AltQR and their respective reports.

New School Quality Review

Schools in their first year of operation experience a New School Quality Review (NSQR), a one-day review conducted by the school’s network team. During this review the school leadership and network team reviewer address the five weighted Quality Review indicators as well as one additional selected indicator from the Quality Review rubric. The results of this review are shared with the school and the Office of New Schools. Documents related to the NSQR are posted below. 

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Peer Quality Review

The Peer Quality Review is a 1-day formative review experience for schools in their second year of existence and schools that have demonstrated sustained student growth, as measured by three consecutive years of “A” Progress Report overall grades. It is an opportunity for principals to work with a peer principal, and with their network teams to strengthen high-leverage practices and structures.

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Developing Quality Review

The Developing Quality Review (DQR) is designed to provide schools that received a rating of developing on their 2012-13 Quality Review with the opportunity to work together with their network team to strengthen the school’s instructional core, improve student outcomes, and meet the criteria for reaching proficient or well-developed on the Quality Review.

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Priority and Focus School Quality Review

Priority and Focus School Quality Review (PFQR) is designed to provide schools that have been identified by the New York State Education Department as Priority or Focus with the opportunity to work together with their network team to strengthen the school’s instructional core, improve student outcomes, and meet the criteria for reaching proficient or well-developed on the Quality Review. In addition, the PFQR report includes a set of recommendations that will be used to develop the subsequent School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP).

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DTSDE Aligned Recommendations for Priority and Focus Schools

According to the NYS ESEA waiver, all Priority and Focus schools are required to undergo a review aligned with the Diagnostic Tool for School and District Effectiveness (DTSDE) rubric during each year of the wavier (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15). The review process includes the formulation of a set of five recommendations aligned to the 2013-14 DTSDE rubric.

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Other Reviews

Integrated Intervention Team Reviews

Under the regulations of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver, there are two accountability designations used by the New York State Education Department (NYSED) for schools in need of improvement: Priority and Focus. NYSED will conduct Integrated Intervention Team (IIT) visits in selected Priority and Focus schools.

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Contacts

For questions and comments, email the Office of School Quality.

Educators can find more information about the Alternative Quality Review in ARIS Connect.