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implementation and accountability

Investing the Additional CFE Funds for Measureable Results

Empirical evidence shows that when effectively spent, adequate school funding yields dramatic improvements in academic achievement. With the passage of the Education Budget and Reform Act of 2007-08 (Education Act), New York's schools are finally getting the resources they need to address past funding inadequacies.

The Education Act's accountability measures are meant to ensure that the new resources reach the highest-need students in the lowest-performing schools. When properly implemented, they also provide the transparency necessary to determine if the stated goals are being achieved.

The Education Act's key accountability tool is the Contract for Excellence (Contract). Each low performing school district receiving a substantial funding increase is required to submit a Contract indicating how the additional funding will be spent and what it will accomplish.To learn more about the Contract for Excellence click here.

Other Education Act accountability measures include:

  • requiring the Board of Regents to design new measures for school success that look at year-to-year growth of individual students and broaden key measures to include factors such as high school graduation, college enrollment and graduation rates in addition to test scores;

  • requiring districts to provide clear information to parents through school leadership report cards, plain language student progress reports that track year-to-year progress on state tests and a straightforward written explanation about these tests.

Putting Teeth into Accountability

The long-range impact of the accountability provisions will largely depend on how assertive the Board of Regents, the state Commissioner of Education and the New York State Education Department (NYSED) are in their oversight roles.

CFE, in concert with the Alliance for Education (AQE), is working to ensure that the state employs an assertive role in the oversight of districts. This oversight includes the thorough review of proposed Contracts and careful monitoring of approved Contracts. Statewide advocacy with NYSED, the Commissioner and the Regents is a critical complement to local district efforts.

CFE reports on New York City's Contracts for Excellence are helping to hold the city accountable for allocating its Contract funds in accordance with the letter and the spirit of the law. You can access CFE's reports here.



Parents from across the state march on the Capitol in Albany to show support for CFE.
CFE Litigation CFE v. State of New York
In 2006, after 13 years in the Courts, the New York State Court of Appeals affirmed the right of every public school student in New York to the opportunity for a sound basic education and the state’s responsibility to adequately fund this right, but deferred to the Governor and the Legislature to determine the appropriate amount. more >