Legal Perspective No Child Left Behind (2001) A Statewide Accountability System Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP): Require schools to make AYP targets for all student subgroups. Program Improvement (PI): Schools that do not meet AYP for consecutive years are identified for Program Improvement and must implement the PI requirements. WHY STAR?
Legal Perspective Latest Developments New Standards & Assessments Common Core State Standards & Smarter Balanced Assessment System Transition Years PI status will be “frozen” for 1 to 2 years. A Hopeful Possibility Reauthorization of NCLB More sensible accountability system for “program improvement” identification WHY STAR?
Legal Perspective Requirements for PI Schools in Year 5 WHY STAR?
Program Improvement School Requirements Year ThreeYear FourYear FiveYear SixYear Seven School Improvement Corrective ActionRestructuring PI Year 1PI Year 2PI Year 3PI Year 4PI Year 5 Local Educational Agency (LEA): Provides technical assistance Notifies all parents of PI status and choice option Establishes peer review process to review revised school plan School: Revises school plan Uses 10% of Title I school funds for professional development Implements plan promptly LEA continues: Technical assistance Parent notification School choice LEA adds: Supplemental educational services (SES) option for eligible students School continues: Plan implementation Professional development LEA continues: Technical assistance Parent notification School choice & SES LEA adds: LEA identifies school for corrective action and does at least one of the following: - Replaces school staff - Implements new curriculum - Decreases management authority at school level - Appoints outside expert - Extends school year or day - Restructures internal organizational structure of school LEA informs parents and public of corrective action and allows comment. LEA continues: Technical assistance Parent notification School choice & SES LEA and School add: During Year 4, prepare plan for alternative governance of school. Select one of the following: - Reopen school as a charter - Replace all or most staff including principal - Contract with outside entity to manage school - State takeover - Any other major restructuring of the school’s governance arrangement. LEA provides notice to parents and teachers and allows comment. LEA continues: Technical assistance Parent notification School choice & SES LEA and School add: Implement alternative governance plan developed in Year 4 School continues in PI, and LEA offers choice and SES until school makes AYP for two consecutive years. School exits PI after two consecutive years of making AYP. Number of Years School Does Not Make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) Year One Did not make AYP Year Two Did not make AYP
PI Requirements During Year 5, implement plan for alternative governance of school. Select one of the following: Reopen school as a charter Replace all or most staff including principal Contract with outside entity to manage school State takeover Any other major restructuring of the school’s governance arrangement. WHAT is Alternative Governance?
Goal to improve student academic achievement in the school so as to enable the school to make AYP How Change the governance structure of the school in a significant manner that increases the District’s monitoring and oversight of the school’s operations and educational programs, typically with the guidance of an external technical assistance provider. What is… “major restructuring of the school’s governance arrangement”?
MORAL IMPERATIVE! Wanting the BEST for every one of our students through a continuous quest for improvement in our instructional effectiveness and our relationships with each individual student, particularly the underserved ones. WHY STAR?
HOW to support and monitor the school’s efforts in fulfilling our moral imperative and meeting the legislative requirements?
February STAR February STAR Garvey & Temple (2/20) Revisioning… STAR
STAR Agenda (2/20) Classroom Walkthroughs Staff Input on STAR Process (What’s working well? Questions? Suggestions for Improvement?)
April STAR April STAR Temple (4/3) Garvey (4/10) Assessing & Accelerating… COMMON CORE
STAR Agenda STAR Agenda (4/3 & 4/10) Assessing & Accelerating… COMMON CORE Classroom Walkthr ough (2 hours) Focus Group Dialogue (3 groups: ELA, Math, Cross-Curricular Teams) To conduct a needs assessment on Common Core understanding and implementation to guide the development of a professional development and support plan for the school staff.
STAR Reflections Teachers’ Voices Classroom Walkthrough Focus Group Dialogue Principals’ Voices Involvement Implications
TEAMWORK Sustainable and substantial school improvement is best accomplished through coordinated collective efforts when every one of the stakeholders fully participates in the quest for school improvement and holds each other accountable for his/her assigned roles. COMMUNICATION An open and ongoing dialogue with the school staff and other stakeholders in the entire process enables everyone to fully participate, understand the roles, and contribute to the process. Our Beliefs…Our Commitment…
Next Steps May STAR Visit Focus: CCSS Needs Assessment & Strategizing Temple: 5/8/2014 Garvey: 5/22/2014 Classroom Walkthroughs (Teacher Participants) Focus Group Dialogue (Other Departments & Leadership Team) School Planning School Planning (2-3 days in June)
Next Steps Professional Development ELA & SS Strand Reading: 8/13/2014 Writing: 8/18/2014 Math & Science Strand DOK Questioning Strategies: TBD Math: 8/18/2014 ELA: Expository Reading & Writing Program Training (6/12, 6/13, & 10/9) Science: Science Standards (6/9/2014) District- & School-wide Monthly PLCs in 2014-15