Fort Plain district in ‘good standing’

FORT PLAIN – The Fort Plain Central School District, including the Harry Hoag Elementary and Fort Plain Jr./Sr. High School, are listed as being in “good standing” by the New York State Education Department, based on student test scores from the 2013-14 school year, a news release said.

Harry Hoag Elementary previously had been labeled a Learning Assistance Program school for failing to make adequate yearly progress in English language arts for three consecutive years for students with disabilities. This was based on student test scores from the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years.

In accordance with state regulations, a district in “good standing” – such as Fort Plain – that has LAP schools are required to complete a diagnostic self-review document and report template for each identified building.

Part of Harry Hoag’s plan included the implementation of a co-teaching model. Co-teaching is an instructional delivery approach in which general and special education teachers work together in the same classroom, the news release said.

Student test scores improved at Harry Hoag in the 2013-14 school year, in large part because of the co-teaching approach, said district Superintendent Douglas Burton.