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1 Avon Public Schools Our mission is to educate all students to be life long learners and responsible citizens in a global society.

2 District Indicators of Success DistrictState Average # of Days Absent Attendance Rate95.4%94.6% Retention Rate1.0%2.5% Grade 9-12 Dropout Rate2.0%3.8% Graduation Rate89.2%80.9%

3 Special Education % of District% of State

4 AYP determinations for schools and student subgroups are based on answering “Yes” to 3 out of 4 questions: A.Are all (or almost all) students taking part in MCAS? B.Has the school met the state’s target Composite Performance Index for the current review period? C.Is the rate of improvement such that all students will reach proficiency by 2014? D.For K-8 schools: Does the attendance meet the state target or represent a 1% improvement over 2007? For high schools: Did the Class of 2008 meet the state graduation rate target?

5 Measuring School and District Performance Using a “Proficiency Index” The Proficiency Index measures the extent to which students have attained or are progressing toward proficiency in ELA and mathematics. It is a 100-point index. Schools and districts are assigned points ranging from 0 to 100, based on student performance results. The Proficiency Index enables the MA DOE to combine MCAS results from multiple grades and years (2 year cycle) into a single performance measure.

6 Proficiency Index Measures How Close A School Is To All Students Being Proficient/Advanced Failing/Warning Needs Improvement Proficient Advanced points 100 points 25 points 50 points 75 points High Low High This is the target for All Students Student’s MCAS Scaled Scores

7 Alternate MCAS Assessments For the school year, 7 students in grades 3 through 10, participated in an alternate form of assessment. Fifteen (15) portfolios were compiled for students over the course of 6 months. Students could receive a grade of Awareness, Emerging, Progressing, or Needs Improvement. All portfolios earned a score of progressing.

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9 Massachusetts NCLB Performance Targets for ELA and Mathematics

10 Massachusetts State Performance Targets for Cycle IV English Language Arts Mathematics Composite Performance Index

11 Schools that can answer yes to A and D and either B or C for the school itself as well as its subgroups, “make AYP.”

12 Ralph D. Butler Elementary School Aggregate LEP Special Ed F/R Lunch African Am Asian Caucasian Hispanic Native Am AYP ELA A - Participation MathELAMathELAMathELAMath B - Performance C - Improvement D - Attendance

13 Avon Middle-High School Aggregate LEP Special Ed F/R Lunch African Am Asian Caucasian Hispanic Native Am AYP ELA A - Participation MathELAMathELAMathELAMath B - Performance C - Improvement D - Attendance

14 Adequate Yearly Progress Summary NCLB Accountability Status Performance Rating Improvement Rating AMHS English Language Arts Improvement year 1 Subgroups HighNo Change AMHS Mathematics No StatusModerateOn Target Butler English Language Arts No StatusHighDeclined Butler Mathematics No StatusHighNo Change District English Language Arts No StatusHighDeclined District Mathematics No StatusModerateOn Target

15 Adequate Yearly Progress Summary NCLB Accountability Status Performance Rating Improvement Rating AMHS English Language Arts Improvement Year 1 Subgroups HighNo Change AMHS Mathematics No StatusModerateOn Target Butler English Language Arts No StatusHighDeclined Butler Mathematics No StatusHighNo Change District English Language Arts No StatusHighDeclined District Mathematics No StatusModerateOn Target

16 Adequate Yearly Progress Summary NCLB Accountability Status Performance Rating Improvement Rating AMHS English Language Arts Improvement Year 1 subgroups HighNo Change AMHS Mathematics No StatusModerateOn Target Butler English Language Arts No StatusHighOn Target Butler Mathematics No StatusHighAbove Target District English Language Arts No StatusHighDeclined District Mathematics No StatusModerateOn Target

17 Butler Elementary School Adequate Yearly Progress History ELAAggregate ELAAll Subgroups MathAggregate MathAll Subgroups Yes No Yes No Yes NoYes Status No Status

18 Avon Middle-High School Adequate Yearly Progress History ELAAggregate ELAAll Subgroups MathAggregate MathAll Subgroups Yes No Yes NoYes NoYes Status Improvement Year 1 – Subgroups No Status

19 Avon Public Schools Adequate Yearly Progress History ELAAggregate ELAAll Subgroups MathAggregate MathAll Subgroups Yes No Yes NoYesNoYes Status No Status

20 Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education According to DESE…828 schools (50%) are on the state’s 2008 list of districts and schools in need of improvement because they did not make AYP for two or more consecutive years. The 828 schools are spread across 243 districts.

21 Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Percentage of schools across the state identified for improvement, corrective action, or restructuring: Elementary Schools 45% Middle Schools 75% High Schools25%

22 Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education “Under a federal accountability system that raises the bar each year, it’s not surprising that more of our schools have been identified.” Mitchell Chester Education Commissioner

23 Because students can earn a score which ranges from , and that score will place them in one of 4 categories, there is no simple way to calculate grade level improvement from one year to the next.

24 A method to determine growth is to assign each range of scores a number from 1-20 and to then calculate the average. This then allows us to compare scores from one year to the next. Advanced Proficient Needs Improvement Warning

25 Grade 4

26 Grade 5

27 Grade 6

28 Grade 7

29 Grade 8

30 Grade 10

31 Tenth Grade Passing Rate Number of Students Percent of Students Passed ELA, Mathematics and Science 4984% Passed two out of three assessments 814% Passed one out of three assessments 1 (has moved) 2% Not Yet Passed any assessments 00% Total Students Enrolled 59100%

32 Number of retests for the eleventh grade SubjectNumber of retests English/ Language Arts 4 Mathematics2 Science4

33 Percentage of Students in the Boston Globe South Region who passed the 10 th grade science test 100% Cohasset, Norwell, Sharon, West Bridgewater 99% Canton, Duxbury, Walpole 98% Hingham, Westwood 97% Dedham, Foxborough Regional Charter, Freetown-Lakeville, Norton, Pembroke 96% Norfolk County Agricultural, Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical, Old Rochester, Silver Lake, South Shore Regional Vocational Technical, Weymouth, Whitman-Hanson 95% East Bridgewater, Hanover, Mansfield, Marshfield, Milton, Norwood, Scituate 94% Avon, Plymouth South Technical 93% Foxborough, Plymouth South, South Shore Charter, Stoughton 92% Abington, Hull, Quincy North 91% Braintree, Bridgewater-Raynham, Bristol Plymouth Regional Vocational Technical 90% Middleborough 89% Plymouth North 88% Blue Hills Regional Vocational Technical, Rockland 85% Carver 83% Brockton, Wareham 82% Quincy 81% Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical 78% Randolph 70% Holbrook

34 The Keys to 1.Avon Public Schools will be presented with a rigorous curriculum aligned with the state curriculum frameworks. Assessment-driven instruction will be used to attain a high level of achievement. Student mastery of the curriculum will be measured through a wide variety of assessment tools. 2.Avon Public Schools will be instructed by highly trained, professional teaching staff. 3.Avon Public school students will be provided opportunities to take an active leadership role within the school community. Students will be engaged in the learning process and will contribute to decision-making. 4.Avon Public School students and staff will demonstrate the skills of lifelong learners. Students and staff will communicate pride in their accomplishments. 5.Parents of Avon Public School students as well as the larger Avon community will demonstrate a sense of pride and ownership in the Avon schools.

35 What’s Next? 1.Meetings with each school’s staff to review MCAS data 2.Staff will analyze data in grade level and subject specific meetings 3.Student success plans and Educational Proficiency Plans will be created for all students who scored in the warning and needs improvement categories to help facilitate the remediation process 4.Academic Support Service grant allocation will be used to provide tutoring to all eighth, ninth and tenth graders who did not pass one or both MCAS assessments

36 What’s Next? 5.Special Education teachers will participate in Alternative Assessment workshops 6.The Avon Curriculum Team, ACT, will analyze district data to coordinate curriculum alignment 7.School Improvement Councils will use data to aid in the development and assessment of the Improvement Plans. 8.Data will be collected on the outcomes of implementing the John Collins Writing Program. 9.ACT will analyze the scores of students who have only attended Avon Schools verses those who have moved at some point after first grade 10.A plan to work with the district’s subgroups in the area of English/Language Arts will be developed and implemented.

37 What’s Next? 11.Teachers will conduct an item analysis of current MCAS results in the area of ELA and Mathematics. 12.Teachers will work in grade level and subject area teams to identify areas of concern, as indicated by MCAS item analysis, and identify teaching strategies at each grade level 13.Teachers will work in grade level and subject area teams to develop open response questions to be implemented across the curriculum for each grade level. 14.Teachers will implement identified mathematical problem solving strategies, on a weekly basis, through the direct teaching of these strategies through open response questions. 15.All teachers at the Butler School will provide a minimum of 60 minutes of direct Reading/ELA and Mathematics daily.

38 What’s Next? 16.Teachers in grades 2 through 6 will implement “Rocket Math” at least 3 days per week to reinforce automaticity with math facts. 17.All teachers at the Butler School will provide the principal with a weekly report regarding math instruction. The report will list the lessons that were taught during the week, list the number of days “Rocket Math” was implemented, and identify skills that students had difficulty with. 18.Information attained through the Butler teachers’ weekly math reports will be shared with the math specialists so that support can be provided. 19.At the Butler School, the math specialist will serve as a resource for classroom teachers in the area of mathematical instruction. 20.All students in grades 2 through 6 will be provided with 45 minutes of math enrichment by a math specialist

39 What’s Next? 21.Title 1 remediation will be available to students in grades 1 through 6 in the area of Reading/Literacy and Mathematics. 22.All students will be provided with direct instruction in the area of test taking strategies. 23.Teachers will develop graphic organizers to assist students in open response questions. 24.All teachers will be requested to have students participate in sustained writing as part of their course requirement and students participate in at least one sustained writing activity per day. 25.Students will receive direct instruction in the use of graphic organizers to answer multiple part mathematical questions. 26.The expectations of “BEST EFFORT” will be communicated to all students.

40 Avon Public Schools Continuing to move from Good To Great!


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