The biggest driving force was we believe we've been teaching kids how to be really good lemmings. We can put a Powerpoint up, they memorize it and give us back exactly what we want. We don't prepare them well to be critical thinkers in the world. So we wanted to change that system of learning and shift to more student-centric learning. A committee of teachers used research like Disrupting Class and Will Richardson's From Master Teacher to Master Learner. We started with a discussion of what teaching and learning should look like for this century. In the end, we're trying to move more ownership onto students, and trying to empower teachers to rethink how we make a difference for our students.
The vision of Mineola High School is to engage and inspire students with compelling classroom experiences that embrace new ideas, strategies and technology that enrich the learning process. All courses and curriculum will help students meet the challenge of becoming college and career ready in the 21st century. The school strives to create a positive school culture that promotes excellence in the classroom and lifelong learning.
Mineola High School belongs to a Digital Promise school district. Since 2015, all students and teachers are provided with iPads. The school is also redesigning the look and feel of the high school classroom to create flexible learning environments that encourage critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.
Contact: Dr. Whittney Smith, Principal
Mineola High School
10 Armstrong Rd
Garden City Park, New York
Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the New York State Department of Instruction implemented new assessments designed to be aligned with the Common Core State Standards. The new standards for proficiency in these subjects are higher than in previous years and the percent of students earning a proficient score is expected to be lower as a result of this change. See http://www.engageny.org/sites/default/files/resource/attachments/test_score_release_letter_to_parents.pdf from New York's Commissioner of Education for more information on these changes. In 2014-2015 New York used the New York State Assessments to test students in grades 3 through 8 in English language arts and math, and in grades 4 and 8 in Science. At present 2014-15 results are available only for English language arts and math. The tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New York. The goal is for 90% of students to meet or exceed grade-level standards on the tests.
In 2014-2015 New York used the New York State Regents Examinations to test high school students in English, math, global history and geography, US history and government, living environment, chemistry, Earth science and physics. Students must take at least five Regents Exams in order to graduate. Scores of 65 and above are passing; scores of 55 and above earn credit toward a local diploma (with the approval of the local board of education). The goal is for all students to pass the tests.
Beginning in 2013-2014, the New York State Regents Examination was replaced with Common Core aligned standards. The new Regents Common Core exams test students in math and English. Scores of 65 demonstrate partial mastery of standards and are sufficient to graduate. Scores of 75 or above demonstrate college- and career- readiness and are aspirational scores. No one is required to pass the Common Core to graduate until students who started ninth grade prior to 2013-2014 graduate. Until that time, students who started ninth grade prior to 2013-2014 have the option to take the old Regents exam in addition to the Common Core exam.