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Five Year Strategic Plan


Goal: Provide an Outstanding Educational Program.


Desired Outcome: The East Rockaway School District will increase achievement of all students by creating engaging learning environments that successfully balance curriculum, expectations and pedagogy.


  • Develop vertically and horizontally aligned K-12 curricula and rigorous academic programs in all content areas that challenge students and prepare them for college and careers.
  • Identify and use multiple measures/assessments of student learning, K-12.
  • Develop active citizens and responsive leaders among faculty and students who can think critically and work collaboratively to achieve effective solutions.
  • Provide ongoing opportunities for professional growth for all faculty to ensure high-quality teaching and learning for our students.
  • Develop a cyclical process to evaluate curricular areas and programs.



 Year-Three Measuring Success – Achievement

  September 2018
  • Our Regents results continue to improve, especially in social studies, physics and ELA.
  • We have had greater participation in our AP program due to increased course offerings and will be adding a SUPA Psychology program for the 2018-19 school year.
  • Increased achievement in ELA and math across grades K-8.
  • Districtwide framework for writing instruction has been implemented and teacher professional development is continuing.
  • Ongoing professional development for our teachers, including in the area of 1:1 technology strategies.
  • Increased enrollment in Science Research Program. The district even hosted its first annual Science Research Symposium this year.
  • Our students have been earning honors at many scholastic and athletic competitions, both locally and regionally.
  • More than 160 students designated as a scholar-athlete for having a 90 percent GPA or better. We also had 10 varsity teams recognized as scholar-athlete teams.


 Year-Two Measuring Success – Achievement

   September 2017  
  • NWEA results show continuous improvement and growth over the last three years in both math and reading across all grade levels in all buildings.
  • More students are earning an Advanced Regents Diploma than ever before.
  • Since 2012, the percentage of students moving on to a four-year college has tripled.
  • High School has adopted a “College Going Culture” which includes hosting SAT Prep classes, administering the PSAT for all students in grades 10 and 11, offering on- and off-site college visits and sending a guidance newsletter with monthly updates on new programs and scholarship information.
  • There has been more than a 10 percent increase in Advanced Placement enrollment in the last four years.
  • 25-30 percent of Advanced Placement students qualify as AP Scholars each year.
  • In 2016-17, 100 percent of students in Italian and Chemistry scored 3 or higher on their Advanced Placement exams and the average score was 3 or higher in Biology, Chemistry, English Language and Italian.
  • The average PSAT score has increased to more than 1060 in 2017-18.
  • Utilizing the Achieve 3000 program, students in grades 3-6 increased an average of 88 Lexile points in the 2016-17 school year.
  • Expansion of AVID to 7th and 9th grades.
  • Implementation of vocational training program, Practical Assessment Exploration System – PAES Lab.
  • Full-time math specialists at both elementary schools to provide opportunities for support in grades 3-6 and teaching assistants to provide support for K-2.
  • New DECA Club students advanced to NYS finals.
  • 145 NYS Scholar-Athletes in grades 7-12 (90 percent average or better) and eight Scholar-Athlete teams.
  • A districtwide framework for writing instruction has been implemented.
  • Continuation of professional development.

 Year-One Measuring Success – Achievement

   September 2016
  • District wide Writing Committee – Framework for Writing Instruction developed across all grades for 11/8 launch
  • Research Paper initiative implemented grades 7-12
  • Redesigned Business Skills for the 21st Century Course
  • Implementation of AVID 7th grade College and Career Skills CourseAdvancement Via Individual Determination
  • Teacher Professional Development
    • Thinking Maps
    • Elementary Literacy Models Co-teaching models and instructional strategies for SWD & ENL
    • One-to-One Technology instructional strategies
  • 32% Students Designated Honors by Achievement (up 4%)
  • Redesign of Skills and Achievement Program to incorporate enhanced vocational training component and selection of PAES Lab (Practical Assessment Exploration System)
  • Enhancement of HS Science Research Program
  • 40 % Reduction in Jr. Sr. High School suspensions
    • Decrease tied to social emotional learning/advisory/improved school climate
  • Addition of Elementary Math Specialist to develop tiered model of intervention in math to align with reading model.