NYSED Identifies 562 Recognition Schools as High Achieving/High Progress

And Sayville High School is one of them!

  • It’s official! Sayville High School has once again been identified by the NYS Education Department as a Recognition School.  2018-2019 Recognition Schools are identified as schools that have demonstrated high academic achievement, student growth and graduation rate, and have continued to show progress during the 2017-18 school year. This distinction is one more reason for Sayville to take pride in its schools.  The honor reflects positively not just on our High School administrators, faculty, families and students but on our entire school community.

    Congratulations Sayville Schools!

    Dr. John E. Stimmel, Superintendent of Sayville Schools


    The following is an excerpt from the NYSED website:

    Recognition Schools

    Schools Recognized as High Achieving and High Progress Under New York’s
    ​Every Student Succeeds Act Plan

    The State Education Department identified 562 high achieving and high progress schools as 2018-19 Recognition Schools, Commissioner MaryEllen Elia announced today. Under New York’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, 2018-19 Recognition Schools have high academic achievement, student growth and graduation rate, and have made progress during the 2017-18 school year. Each Recognition School will receive a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner.

    “The teachers and administrators at these Recognition Schools have taken to heart the critical mission of educating the whole child,” Board of Regents Chancellor Betty A. Rosa said. “Our priority is fostering equity for our children across New York. These schools serve as models of the levels of performance we seek for all schools to be able to achieve in the future.”

    “We are taking a more holistic approach to school and student achievement under ESSA and I am excited to recognize these schools for their accomplishments and progress,” Commissioner Elia said. “I commend the teachers, administrators, staff, parents and students for the hard work and dedication they bring each day—it is truly paying off.” 

    Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are among the top performing under ESSA for performance, student growth and/or graduation rate; met or exceeded either the school or state measures of interim progress for English language arts and mathematics, rate of Chronic Absenteeism, and College, Career, and Civic Readiness; and met the federally required 95 percent participation rate in the English language arts and mathematics assessments.

    Of the identified schools, 241 are located in New York City, 280 are located in the rest of the state and 41 are public charter schools. In addition, 131 of these schools were identified as Reward Schools last year (high performing/high progress schools under the prior accountability system). Following are the counts of Recognition Schools by school type and Need Resource Categories.

    Count of Recognition Schools by School Type

    Elementary-Middle Schools


    High Schools






    NYSED Identifies High-Achieving and High Progress Schools