BKW is committed to helping students prepare for higher education and the 21st Century workplace through challenging and engaging academic programs. BKW offers a curriculum designed to nurture student development both inside and outside the classroom.
Strategies for Success Targets for 2015-16
The Berne-Knox-Westerlo Central School District has set the following academic goals for the 2015-16 school year.
1. GRADUATION RATE
Increase the graduation rate to 90%
2. REGENTS EXAM PASSING AND MASTERY RATES
At least 5 percentage point increase in passing and mastery rates
Departments will define skills necessary to pass and master the Regents exams and measure student progress on those skills on a quarterly basis
3. GRADES 3-8 STATE ASSESSMENTS
Aggregate proficiency rate across grades 3-8 to increase by 5% points
No grade level proficiency rate below 25%
4. COURSE FAILURES
Reduce course failures by 10%
5. READING BENCHMARK
Decrease the number of students reading below grade level by 10%
A dedicated teaching staff
The BKW teaching staff is comprised almost entirely of "highly qualified teachers," or teachers who hold a bachelor's degree or higher and have passed rigorous state teacher certification tests for core teaching subjects. For both schools combined, 99 percent of teachers are highly qualified, with the remaining 1 percent on the proper pace to become highly qualified within time limits set by the state.
Read more information about the new teacher and principal evaluation system.
Click above to read more about the Common Core Learning Standards
The Common Core Learning Standards are state-adopted and federally designed learning standards that ensure students across the country who graduate from high school are prepared to enter two or four year college programs or enter the workforce. The standards are clear and concise to ensure that parents, teachers, and students have a clear understanding of the expectations in reading, writing, speaking and listening, language and mathematics in school.
Testing Transparency Report
Based on the concerns conveyed to the Commissioner surrounding the use of assessments, and in accordance with Section 1 of Subpart F of Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2014, the Commissioner directed the Office of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness to review each district’s and BOCES’ APPR plan to identify opportunities for local action to ensure the minimum assessments necessary are used to inform effective decision making.
The Department encourages leaders to use the Testing Transparency Report to help review their currently approved APPR plan to identify modifications that would be approvable by the Department and result in less testing for students. The Department has consistently communicated that the amount of testing should be the minimum necessary to inform effective decision-making at the classroom, school, district and BOCES level.
Here is a link to the most recent BKW Report
More information, and an FAQ about transparency reports, can be
found by visiting:
More information, and an FAQ about transparency reports, can be found by visiting:
New York State Report Cards
Each year, the New York State Education Department releases school report cards for every public school and district in the state. Based on some key assessments taken by students in New York public schools, the report cards provide achievement data for districts and schools, as compared to their past years' performances and to other similar schools.
Download this document to view course offerings at the high school level for the school year.
BKW accesses a number of courses via the Distance Learning Network, powered by the Northeastern Regional Information Center.
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