Curriculum and Instruction

 

Vision

The Lynbrook School District is committed to systematic and continuous instructional improvement that provides students with rich and rigorous learning opportunities.

 

Specialized Programs

Although we are proud of our students’ past successes, as evidenced in our District Report Card, we try to support students trying to close identified gaps in learning.  Two types of interventions are available to students as we address their diverse learning needs outside of special education, namely Academic Intervention Services (AIS) and Response to Intervention (RtI).  AIS are various forms of supplemental instruction provided in the general curriculum to assist students in meeting the State learning standards.  RtI is an educational strategy employing high quality research-based instruction to close achievement gaps for all students, in particular in reading in the early grades.

For students who require additional challenge, we also offer the Voyager Program.  The Voyager Program offers enrichment opportunities for students in grades 3-5 to extend their learning beyond the typical grade level curricula.

 

Assessments

In order to measure teaching and learning in the Lynbrook Public School District, both students and teachers are assessed in accordance with the New York State Education Department guidelines and calendar.

New York State administers ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Common Core tests in grades 3-8 intended to provide students, families, educators, and the public better measures of student proficiency in the knowledge and skills students need to succeed in college and careers.  Although we believe that this is valuable information, we do respect parents’ rights to opt out and request that you do so in writing prior to the test administration period.

At the high school level, students in New York State take Regents Exams to assess their mastery of New York State Learning Standards. In order to graduate from high school, students must pass exams in the following subjects: English, mathematics, science, and social studies.  Since the New York State Education Department does not require or recommend that schools use Regents examination grades as part of a student’s final grade average, these examinations will only be calculated as 20% of the final course grade for students who would benefit.  Students cannot opt out of Regents Exams, if they do they will not receive a grade in the course.
  
Under the law, school districts and BOCES are required to conduct an Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) for each teacher and principal, resulting in a rating of “highly effective,” “effective,” “developing,” or “ineffective.”  Parents and legal guardians of students may request the final quality rating and composite effectiveness score for each of the teachers and for the principal of the school building to which their children are assigned for the current school year.