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August 2013 Page 5 of Vol. 6 No. la Parents Notes www.drayton.k12.nd.us Phone (701)454-3324 Fax: (701)454-3485 RELEASE OF DIRECTORY INFORMATION I DENIAL REQUEST FORM I I Clip, sign both forms, and return to office if you wish to have your child's named I withheld from publication and from any mailing lists provided to colleges and / or the I military services. | TO: Administration, Drayton School District I I do NOT wish Directory Information concerning my child to be released from school I records without my prior written consent. I understand this will exclude my child's name I from parent mailing lists, school yearbook and newspapers, commencement programs, I I inPUblicatinSthe public Ofmedia.hOnor rolls, school website, and other school information about students I I I Signature of Parent / Guardian I ' I I MILITARY RECRUITER PROVISION I I do NOT wish Directory Information concerning my child to be released to military I recruiters without my prior written consent. I I I Signature of Parent / Guardian L .., ,,., .,,, .,,,, ,,,. ,,. , .,,, , _. .., ,.,. .  ,,_ ,,,. j Monday, June 24, 2013 Dear Parents, Our school district is dedicated to providing its students the education they need to prepare them to graduate from high school and enter their adult lives. Our school is committed to maintaining a high quality education for our students, and we are working hard to provide continuous support to our teachers and our students as they work toward achieving the high academic standards we have set for them. What is Adequate Yearly Progress? Federal law, under the No Child Left Behind Act, requires increased accountability for schools to reach high standards for all students in reading and mathematics. Each year, as part of the requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act, the state releases Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for each school building in the state of North Dakota. These reports measure our students' performance in terms of the percentage of students who are at or above state-defined academic standards in reading and mathematics as measured by the North Dakota State Assessment. The reports are called Adequate Yearly Progress reports (otherwise known as AYP reports), and the school is required to share these reports with its parents. See Table 1 On following Page. How is AYP determined? The No Child Left Behind Act requires states to set proficiency standards (or goals) for.schools. The state uses these proficiency standards to indicate if schools are making AYP. The state looks at the percentage of the school's students who are meeting or above each standard. There are actually four specific criteria that the state reviews to determine if a school has made AYP. These four criteria include: 1. Whether the percentage of students taking the North Dakota State Assessment (in both the composite and each subgroup) meet the state's annual AYP goals in the proficient and advanced proficient areas in reading and math. 2. Whether 95% of the students in the school, as well as in each subgroup, took the state assessment. 3. Whether the school has met the secondary indicator for participation rates: Elementary/Middle Schools -- student attendance rates High Schools -- student graduation rates 4. Whether the school's achievement and participation rates have passed the test for statistical reliability. Did our school make AYP? Enclosed you will find our school'sAdequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP report). You will note our school's AYP status on at the bottom of the report. According to the report, our school did make AYP. Our school actually made AYP through the Title I Trump provision. Although the school made AYP according to the 2012 2013 North Dakota State Assessment data, the school must make AYP for two consecutive years before being removed from program improvement status. Although our school celebrates our accomplishments, we must also state that our school will remain in program improvement for the subsequent school year. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has a multi-tiered approach that applies various rules allowed under No Child Left Behind to help a school make AYP. One of these rules is called the Title I Targeted rule, otherwise known as Title I Trump. This rule exists as AYP calculations are a requirement under Title I law. This rule allowed our school to base the AYP results solely on the assessment scores of students that receive Title I servi(es within our building. Due to this rule, our school made AYP. We are very proud of our school's accomplishments and believe our hard work is leading to higher student achievement. Our school will continue to work hard to provide a quality program and appropriate content to address the needs of all of our students. School-wide training and hard work has paid off, as evidenced by our enclosed AYP report. To ensure sustained improvement, the school will continue to support staff straining and initiatives throughout the school year. What specific area(s) resulted in our identification as not making AYP? If you take a closer look at the enclosed AYP report, you will see that we did not meet the state goals in the following areas: `/ NONE, the indicator's value is within statistical reliabihty. What does our status as a Program Improvement School mean? Meeting the educational needs of all of our students is a high priority at our school. Because we have been identified for program improvement, our staff has defined a plan to improve student test scores in reading and mathematics. The plan is based on data identifying the needs of our students, staff and school, and is focused on research-based methods of raising student achievement. The specific activities that we are undertaking to try and improve the number of students reaching proficiency on the North Dakota State Assessment include the following: `/We will be undertaking focused reading groups to better meet the needs of the students, grouping students across grade levels with common issues to better service the reading needs of all students. v Staff training on the identification of student strengths and weaknesses. ,/Implementation of new structured math curriculum at the elementary level. What does this mean for our school? Once a school has been identified as not making AYP for two or more consecutive years, the school enters what is called program improvement status. The information below outlines the sanctions our school must follow during this stage of its program improvement: ,/Program Improvement Plan -- Currently, a team of school personnel is working on developing a plan to raise mathematics and reading scores within our school. We are asking for your assistance and participation in our efforts to address our school's identification for program improvement. ,/ Over the last year a team of school personnel began the work to develop a plan to improve our school and student achievement within our school. The process we have been using to do this is through the NDMILE school improvement system. A school leadership team, led by the building principal, has worked to assess 99 school improvement research based areas consisting of (1) school leadership & decision making, (2) curriculum, assessment & instructional planning, (3) school & community, & (4) classroom instruction. A plan of action in each of these areas has been created and approved by the Department of Public Instruction. This plan also addresses numerous items pertaining to the school's Adequate Yearly Progress needs and initiatives. During the course of the upcoming school year our faculty will implement, assess, and continuously update these plans as implementation occurs. We are asking for your assistance and participation in our efforts to address our school's identification for program improvement. If you would like to review this plan, please contact the school office and we will be happy to provide you with the information. enhance the curriculum in each classroom. The curriculum is standards based and meets the approval of the Department of Public Instruction. Also, the district plans to use PD360 a professional development website to enhance professional practices during the supervision and evaluation process. b) The district will evaluate the current schedule for the elementary staff in order to add more minutes of instruction in Math and Reading. This will include reading blocks that are scheduled at different times to fully utilize the time of the instructional strategist. c) The District will administer NWEA testing within the first three weeks of school. The data will be collected and disseminated to the teachers as soon as practical. The teachers will meet to assess the data and discuss what the data is telling us to determine a plan to address then needs of each student. Also, our elementary teachers will utilize the Plato Learning Test Packs to develop prescriptions for the areas of weakness in each student. d) Our teachers will attend grade level meeting at the Red River Valley Education Cooperative to assess the spring NWEA test results and develop strategies and changes to address the area of greatest need. The results of the fall test will be used by our staff as a planning tool for our staff to insure all standards are being adequately addressed with proper instruction and student practice. 6) What is the district doing for high quality professional development? a) The District provides high quality professional development both internally and externally. The district has four professional development days each school year. One day, prior to the start of the school year is utilized for miscellaneous issues and two days are devoted to identified curricular and staff-focused activities. The fourth day comes during the beginning of the second semester and provides follow up to the identified focus activities. These focus activities occur through a cooperative approach with the RRVEC and Walsh-Pembina groups. Also, professional development will occur on a continuous basis throughout the school year with the use of PD360 materials focusing on individual teacher needs. b) Another activity that will be employed to improve student performance will be daily classroom visits by the principal to observe instruction and student engagement. Feedback will be provided as needed using the PD360 program that will provide information on techniques and best practice. Teacher team meetings will be convened once every two weeks to provide a forum to the teachers to share progress and strategies that have shown positive results. 7) What strategies is the district performing in order to promote effective parent involvement in all schools in the district? a) The Drayton Public School employs a number of methods to communicate and involve parents. First, our website provides parents with information regarding schedules, policies, lesson plans, calendar events and a variety of information pertinent to the parents and children.Also, we use PowerSchool as our student administration system. Our parents and students can Iogin and view information regarding grades, attendance, assignments, and any disciplinary conferences. b) We also host a number of meetings for our parents throughout the school year. Prior to school our elementary teachers have an open house in their classroom designed to connect with the parents, students and the teacher. Each teacher introduces the parents to their daily schedules and expectations. c) Also our Leadership Team is planning a parent meeting for prior to the start of school in August to share our program improvement plan and to solicit volunteers from our parents to become an active member of our leadership team and to assist in creating a community outreach program to insure parental involvement. d) The Leadership Team will continue their work on the parent handbook. This handbook will outline the things parents can do to help their child be successful in school. The handbook will also include strategies that can be used to assist their children in the completion of homework and the use of a variety of online resources that can be used to help the student master the concepts presented each day in school. Professional Development Requirement -- Our school is required to use 10% of the district's Title I allocation on professional development that is specifically designed to improve classroom teaching. Our school plans to implement the following high-quality, ongoing professional development within the school: Additional staff training on the identification of student strengths and weaknesses. lmplementation of new structured math curriculum at the elementary level. The Drayton Public School District is also supportive of our initiatives. The district assists us in our professional development by: Supporting the elementary plans, staff training on the identification of student strengths and weaknesses. Implementation of new structured math curriculum at the elementary level. The state also offers our school professional development through an annual program improvement workshop, a quarterly program improvement newsbrief, a monthly newsletter, as well as ongoing technical assistance and support. Additional Resources -- Our school believes with the dedication of staff, the support of families, the cooperation of the community, and adequate resources, all children can succeed. Our school remains committed to No Child Left Behind's goal of closing gaps in the achievement among our students. For this reason, our school has undertaken a number of initiatives to ensure that all children attain proficiency, including: Staff training on the identification of student strengths and weaknesses. Implementation of new structured math curriculum at the elementary level. School Choice -- During our school's duration in program improvement, we must offer parents school choice, which means that parents may transfer their students to other schools in the district that have met AYP status. However, since our school district has only one school to choose from (i.e., we are not a large district with more than one elementary school), the school choice provision is not available to parents. Getting Involved As you can see in the activities identified above, we have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We would like you and your child(ren) to continue to be an active participant in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school's program improvement plan and offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement. If you would like to be involved, by volunteering at the school or participating on one of our school improvement committees, please contact the school at [enter contact information]. Educationally yours, Hy C.J. Schlieve Superintendent, Drayton Public School Monday, June 24, 2013 Dear Parents, Our school district is dedicated to providing its students the education they need to prepare them to graduate from high school and enter their adult lives. Our school is committed to maintaining a high quality education for our students, and we are working hard to provide continuous support to our teachers and our students as they work toward achieving the high academic standards we have set for them. What is Adequate Yearly Progress? Federal law, under the No Child Left Behind Act, requires increased accountability for schools to reach high standards for all students in reading and mathematics. Each year, as part of the requirements for the No Child Left Behind Act, the state releases Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for each school building in the state of North Dakota. These reports measure our students' performance in terms of the percentage of students who are at or above state-defined academic standards in reading and mathematics as measured by the North Dakota State Assessment. The reports are called Adequate Yearly Progress reports (otherwise known as AYP reports), and the school is required to share these reports with its parents. Table 2 Following Page. How is AYP determined? The No Child Left Behind Act requires states to set proficiency standards (or goals) for schools. The state uses these proficiency standards to indicate if schools are making AYP. The state looks at the percentage of the school's students who are meeting or above each standard. There are actually four specific criteria that the state reviews to determine if a school has made AYP. These four criteria include: 1. Whether the percentage of students taking the North Dakota State Assessment (in both the composite and each subgroup) meet the state's annual AYP goals in the proficient and advanced proficient areas in reading and math. 2. Whether 95% of the students in the school, as well as in each subgroup, took the state assessment. 3. Whether the school has met the secondary indicator for participation rates. Elementary/Middle Schools -- student attendance rates High Schools -- student graduation rates 4. Whether the school's achievement and participation rates have passed the test for statistical reliability. Did our school make AMP? Enclosed you will find our school's Adequate Yearly Progress Report (AYP report). You will note our school's AYP status on at the bottom of the report. According to the report, our school did make AYP and has NOT been identified as needincj imDrovement. Our school actually made AYP through the Title I Trump provision. The North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has a multi-tiered approach that applies various rules allowed under No Child Left Behind to help a school make AYP. One of these rules is called the Title I Targeted rule, otherwise known as Title I Trump. This rule exists as AYP calculations are a requirement under Title I law. This rule allowed our school to base the AYP results solely on the assessment scores of students that receive Title I services within our building. Due to this rule, our school made AYP. What is our school doing to maintain its AYP status? Improving the educational achievement of our students has always been a priority in our school district. We are constantly working to implement research-based methods of teaching and learning that will present our students with a quality educational program which provides them with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed upon graduation from our school. Currently, our school is undertaking the following improvement measures: ,/ Program Improvement Plan-- Currently, a team of school personnel is working on developing a plan to raise mathematics and reading scores within our school. We are asking for your assistance and participation In our efforts to address our school's identification for program improvement.