NYS EDUCATION DEPARTMENT NAMES RHINEBECK HIGH SCHOOL A "REWARD" SCHOOL
The New York State Education Department has designated Rhinebeck High School as one of 354 “Reward Schools” among the 4,800 schools across the state.
According to the State Education Department, Reward Schools are either schools that have demonstrated high achievement or that have made the most progress in the State and do not have significant gaps in student achievement between subgroups. Rhinebeck High school was named a high achieving school.
To be identified as a Reward School, a school must be ranked among the top twenty percent of schools in the state for English Language Arts and Mathematics performance for both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years or be among the top ten percent of schools in terms of gains in ELA and math performance in the 2012-13 school year. In addition, Reward Schools cannot have unacceptably large gaps in the performance of student on an accountability measure between students who are members of an accountability group (e.g., low-income students, students with special needs, etc.) and students who are not members of that group.
High Achieving Reward schools at the high school level must have graduation rates of at least 80%, and the percentage of students in the school who graduate with a Regents diploma with advanced designation must exceed the state average. Rhinebeck High School graduated 91% of its students after 4 years in 2013, and 41% of the graduates earned an Advanced Regents Diploma. High schools must also demonstrate that their graduation rate for students who entered the school performing below proficient in ELA or math exceeds the state average.
Rhinebeck High School received a certificate of recognition from the Commissioner of Education, Dr. John King, as a result of earning this designation.