State Offers Help After Case Middle School Gets Low Marks For St

State Offers Help After Case Middle School Gets Low Marks For Student Performance

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Watertown's Case Middle School finds itself in the bottom 5 percent of schools in student performance.  It has been placed on the state's Comprehensive Support and Improvement list after a review of data from last school year. Some places the state says the school needs improvement: student progress and attendance.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Stacey Eger says that 1 in 4 kids who attend the school are chronically absent - a factor in why the school ended up on the state's Comprehensive Support and Improvement or CSI list.

"Case was identified for how all of our students performed as a whole. It's not based any on one aspect of performance but just based on the matrix of criteria and how we performed across the board," she said.

That criteria also included performance in English, math, and science as well as growth in English and math. Performance on the English language proficiency exam was also looked at. This month, state representatives will visit the school to conduct a needs assessment to help create a comprehensive education plan.  

Since Case Middle School is on the CSI list, the Watertown City School District is now considered a target district.  

"Which just means that we are a district that the state has identified as being in need of support. So they are looking at an opportunity to provided us with resources and supports," said Eger. 

Eger says those resources include money to help with the cost of visits to Albany required of CSI schools and collaborative meetings. She also says that the state's help will put the school in a better situation.  

"Just because we have been identified as school or a district in need of support, that doesn't necessarily mean that we are not doing great things here at Watertown already," she said. 

Eger said that for the school to be taken off the list, it has to perform above a state set progress goal for two years.

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