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Academics

State Report Cards

The NYS Education Department releases School Report Cards on 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 on districts and schools, as compared to their past years' performances and to other similar schools.

Report cards are released each spring for the previous school year. Click here for Bethlehem's most current NYS Report Card.

 

Race to the Top (RTTT)

Race to the Top, abbreviated R2T, RTTT or RTT, is a $4.35 billion United States Department of Education initiative created to spur innovation and reforms in state and local district K-12 education.

It is funded by the ED Recovery Act as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and was announced by President Barack Obama and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on July 24, 2009.

States are awarded points for satisfying certain educational policies, such as performance-based standards (often referred to as an Annual Professional Performance Review) for teachers and principals, complying with Common Core curriculum standards, lifting caps on charter schools, turning around the lowest-performing schools, and building data systems.

Click here to learn more about Race to the Top.

 

New York State Tests

The New York State Education Department mandates that all public school districts give state tests in English language arts, math and science to all students in grades 3-8. In addition, all fifth- and eighth-graders must take a state social studies test.

High School students in New York State are required to pass five Regents exams in order to graduate - in English, Math A, U.S. History & Government, Global History, and one science subject area.

 

Academic Intervention

New York State mandates that all public school district offer Academic Intervention Services (AIS) to any student who is falling behind in meeting the state standards.

Students are identified for AIS according to their performance on the state ELA, math, social studies and science exams in grades 4, 5 and 8. Bethlehem students who score in Performance Levels 1 and 2 are eligible to receive AIS in the designated subject area.