# Strategizing with Safe Harbor Carissa Moffat Miller, PhD Deputy Superintendent, Assessment Roger Quarles Superintendent, Caldwell.

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Strategizing with Safe Harbor Carissa Moffat Miller, PhD Deputy Superintendent, Assessment cmiller@sde.idaho.gov Roger Quarles Superintendent, Caldwell District rquarles@caldwellschools.org

Overview Calculating safe harbor Safe harbor as your “saving grace” How to handle data to target safe harbor (or other appeals) District and school use of safe harbor Examples of schools making AYP with safe harbor How safe harbor has changed instruction/focus within schools

Calculating Safe Harbor  Two separate requirements -- each must be satisfied to meet AYP  First step: a 10% decrease in not proficient students over last year. % of not proficient students, year 1 - % of not proficient students, year 2 % of not proficient students, year 1  If first requirement is not made, group does not make AYP and 2 nd calculation is not required

Calculating Safe Harbor  Step 1 Example: White Reading 2008-09 = 60% not proficient White Reading 2009-10 = 50% not proficient 60% of not proficient students(08-09) - 50% of not proficient students (09-10) 60% of not proficient students (08-09) 16.67% decrease in not proficient students

Calculating Safe Harbor  Step 2:  Did subgroup make third Indicator (Language Usage) target?  If target is made, group makes AYP For Reading

Calculating Safe Harbor  Step 3 (if needed):  If Language Usage target is not made:  Was the % of students who are proficient or advanced equal to or higher than previous year?  Example: LU 2009-10 = 63% Proficient LU 2008-09 = 57% Proficient 63%-57% = 6% increase in Third Indicator  Safe Harbor satisfied = make AYP in Reading

Safe Harbor as your “saving grace” Indexing-Idaho’s Partial Proficiency Weighted Model Percent "Proficient or Higher" Required to Meet AYP 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-132013-14 Reading85.690.495.2100 Mathematics83.088.794.3100 Language Usage75.183.491.7100

Safe Harbor as your “saving grace” Text in slide

Safe Harbor as your “saving grace” Export to Excel function Use auto filter Sort students who are included in the proficiency calculations Sort by the category of student Ensuring the data is correct Viewing data for areas of concentration

District Perspective Caldwell School District

Safe Harbor as your “saving grace” 1. There is more than one way to make it 2. Gives districts an opportunity to improve 3. Focuses the conversation around continuous improvement and accountability

District and School Use of Safe Harbor Instructional coaches at each school track progress and goals. Caldwell High made AYP for the first time. Instructional coaches like Rose Rettig are in all 10 of our buildings.

Schools using Safe Harbor Five of eight Caldwell schools making AYP used Safe Harbor. Principals and teachers focused instruction on each child’s needs.

Safe Harbor and Instruction Van Buren Elementary teachers collaborate daily within grade levels and discuss each student’s needs and progress. Van Buren third graders have scored 100 percent proficient in math.

Know your kids Examine records to make sure all demographic information is accurate.

Know the rules, do the math and identify a “go-to” person Data flows from the district, to DRC, to the SDE and back. Make sure you replicate the math from your original data and compare it with what comes back to you. Appeal if the findings don’t match up.

Contact Us Carissa Miller 332-6901 cmiller@sde.idaho.gov Roger Quarles 455-3300 rquarles@caldwellschools.org

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