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.

Lynbrook Schools offers enrichment opportunities to all of our students through our Flight School. For students who require additional challenge, we also offer the Voyager Program. The Voyager Program offers opportunities for students in grades 4-5 to extend their learning beyond the typical grade level curricula. To learn more about these programs, please click here.

 

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.

 

Title Grant Programs

Title I, Part A provides supplemental financial assistance to school districts/schools with a high percentage of children from low-income families, to provide all children a significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, high-quality education and to close educational achievement gaps.

Title I, Part C - The New York State Migrant Education Program establishes or improves programs of education, including support services, for migratory children and their families.  Applications are available in both English and Spanish.

Title I, Part D provides supplemental educational/transitional services to students in residential facilities across New York State.
Title II, Part A is designed to advance excellence in teaching and learning and to promote equity in educational opportunity throughout the State.

Title III is designed to enable English Language Learners/Multilingual Learners and Immigrant Students to develop English language proficiency, as well as access the State’s challenging academic standards, through the provision of high-quality instruction and support.

Title IV, Part A provides supplemental funding to help provide students with a well-rounded education, improve school conditions and improve the use of technology.

Title IX, Part A (the McKinney-Vento Act) provides support to ensure that homeless children and youth have equal access to the same free, appropriate, public education; including a public preschool education, with the opportunity to meet the same challenging state content and student performance standards.

For more information, please contact Dr. Gerard Beleckas at 516-887-0255 or Dr. Maureen Berman at 516-622-1396.  If you are not satisfied with any of the title grant programs, the following is a link to the process for submitting and resolving complaints with the New York State Education Department’s (NYSED) Office of ESSA-Funded Programs alleging that a local educational agency (LEA), grantee or NYSED has violated a law, rule, or regulation in the administration of any “covered Federal program” under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).