SINI (School in Need of Improvement) A school identified as In Need of Improvement is one that did not meet the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets for two consecutive years. AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) indicates satisfactory progress toward the goal of proficiency for all students. To make AYP, schools must meet or exceed minimum student participation and academic performance targets on annual state assessments.
PLA (Persistently Lowest-Achieving) The States's designation of schools as "persistently lowest achieving" are schools currently in Improvement Status Under Differentiated Accountability, schools that have the lowest combined performance on New York State English and Mathematics tests and that have failed to demonstrate progress on these assessments. Additionally, schools can be identified as persistently lowest-achieving include: middle and high schools that are eligible but do not recieve, Title I funds, and; schools that have had graduation rates below 60% for several years.
IEP (Individualized Education Program) describes the special education and related services specifically designed to meet the unique educational needs of a student with a disability. An IEP is the guiding document for a student's educational program. It includes all of the goals, objectives, present levels of performance and related services that are recommended for the student.
DBN (District Borough Number) is a code used by the Department of Education to track schools (Example: The Earth School DBN – 01M364).
ELA (English Language Arts) refers to the language portion of the New York State Exam.
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