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AYP Letter

posted Aug 18, 2014, 8:17 AM by Lynn Ackerman

August 15, 2014

 

Dear Parents and Families –

 

The No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), which was passed by the federal government in 2001, requires that all schools’ efficacy be measured annually based on their performance on standardized tests in English and Math.  The state of Vermont has set the bar for what adequate student performance on these tests should be, and schools that don’t meet that bar are identified under NCLB as being in need of “improvement” or “restructuring”.

 

As a part of complying with NCLB, every three years, expectations for school performance on standardized tests have been raised.  At this point, expectations for school achievement have reached the maximum level.  In order for a school to be considered effective by the federal government, every student in tested grades in that school must test as “proficient” on both standardized English and Math tests.  This is an incredibly high bar to meet annually.  This year, our school did not meet this goal, and neither did any other school in Vermont, a state whose schools rank highly when compared against the highest performing countries in the world.

 

2014 Adequate Yearly Progress Report (Based on 2013 Results)

Did not make AYP.  Title 1 Year 1 Corrective Action.

 

ACADEMIC INDICATOR

Met the Graduation Rate requirements

PARTICIPATION

Met all Participation requirements

READING Title 1 Year 1 Corrective Action

Did not meet requirements in Reading for all students, free/reduced lunch students, white students.

MATH Title 1 Year 1 Corrective Action

Did not meet requirements in Reading for all students, free/reduced lunch students, white students.

 

The fact that every school in the state of Vermont was unsuccessful in meeting the AYP standard is of little consolation to WRS.  We reject the NCLB labeling of WRS as an underperforming school.  We are constantly working to improve the quality of our instructional programs and student achievement.

At the conclusion of the 2013/14 school year, we established, for the first time, a baseline data program for all students. This data measures student yearly progress in the areas of math and ELA. We have found that all students have made growth during the past year. This is a start.

Reviewing the data and making educational plans for students is the first step in improving instruction. We have a school improvement team in place that will be working continuously to improve student performance.


 

 

 

As parents, you can support your student’s success by making sure they are prepared appropriately for school every day. You should establish and maintain contact with your student’s teacher. You can do this through email or our student information system Infinite Campus.

We are committed to continuous school improvement, and to supporting all of our students in their effort to succeed.  This is what we strive to achieve every day.  But we don’t believe that NCLB effectively measures the quality of our school—what our students know, or what our school and district are doing to support their learning and development.  This stance regarding NCLB as a model for measuring school quality is something that the Vermont Agency of Education has also been vocal about. 

 

While we reject NCLB labeling of all Vermont schools as “low-performing”, we are continuously working to improve the quality of our programs and student supports. This year, we will continue to partner with our District and the Agency of Education to implement a continuous improvement plan for our school that will support the needs of all of our school’s students.  We will be reviewing all of our programs as a part of a more comprehensive review of our school’s academic experiences and student supports.  We hope that you will continue to support our school in these efforts, and we value your involvement.

 

Thanks for your time,

 

 

 

Joseph V. Fleming

Principal

 

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