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School Improvement Plan 2014-2015

School:

 

Clarkrange High School

District:

 

Fentress County

Analysis of last year’s final results:

Areas of Greatest Progress:

Areas of Greatest Challenge:

(1)       Graduation Rate (93.8%)

(2)       Algebra I EOC Proficient/Advanced increased from 42.5% in 2013  to 61.7% in 2014  (2nd highest growth rate in the state)

(3)       Algebra II EOC Proficient/Advanced increased from 12.4%  in 2013 to 42%  in 2014 (3rd highest growth rate in the state)

(4)        English I Proficient/Advanced increased from 60.3% in 2013 to 78.4% in 2014

(5)       English II Proficient/Advanced increased from 57.9% in 2013 to 66.7% in 2014. 

(1)  ACT Scores (ACT Benchmarks were not met in any area.)

(2)  Continue to increase overall proficiency in Algebra I, Algebra II, English I and English II by at least 3 percentage points.

(3)  Economically Disadvantaged (gap- Algebra I 16.2%,  Algebra II 33.6%, English I 9.7%)

(4)  Students with Disabilities
(gap- Algebra I 48.9%, Algebra II  43.4%,  English I 30.2%, English II 35.5%)

Source of Progress:

Source of Challenge:

(1)             Early graduation is made possible for those in danger of dropping out due to family financial responsibilities. Credit recovery is available to help keep students on track for graduation.  It is also used to aid transfer students in correcting identified deficiencies due to differing curriculum.   Adult high school is available for those who have fallen behind in their credits.  It keeps students in school by allowing them to earn more credits at a faster pace.  It also allows a teen parent to continue his/her education.   Plant the Seed Program was implemented to encourage the value of continuing education.  Home visits are made to check on any arising situations.  They are used to organize and coordinate financial support from local churches and philanthropic groups.  Counseling is used to maintain close family and interpersonal relationships.

(2), (3)     Through PLC's the Math department works collaboratively to plan activities.  Also, data is analyzed to find areas of need for all students within each math classroom.  STAR  Math allows us to identify a student’s current level of proficiency so he/she can work on identified deficits.  Students are given practice on objectives and can only test when proficiency is demonstrated.  Mastered objectives are reviewed throughout the new lessons to ensure retention of knowledge.  Free tutoring is also available before and after school.  Benchmark Exams are given monthly to track students progress leading toward End-of-Course Exams.   

(4), (5)  Through PLC's the English department works collaboratively to plan activities.  Also, data is analyzed to find areas of need for the all students within each English classroom.  STAR  Reading allows us to identify a student’s current level of proficiency so he/she can work on identified deficits.  Benchmark Exams are given monthly to track students progress leading toward End-of-Course Exams. 

     CHS is blessed to be a school with a wide variety of technology available to be used with students.  There are two open computer labs and a mobile laptop lab available for completion of class projects, research, ACT practice online, and the use of various software programs such as Word, Excel and Power Point.  All classrooms are equipped with a teacher laptop station, Smart Board, and projector.  Many teachers use their Smart Board for bell-ringer activities which incorporate writing skills into their classrooms on a weekly basis

(1)   CHS scores are below state averages on the math and science.  We believe that more professional development is required for teachers to fully understand how to reach the ACT benchmark standards.  Teachers need to also be trained to use all the College Board test information from the Explore and the Plan to better place students for academic assistance

(2)  More effective use of the Benchmark Exams can help continue improvement of students' scores.  Data Link has been added to help identify specific standards that are most problematic for students. 

(3), (4)   The gaps between the economically disadvantaged and the non-economically disadvantaged and between students with disabilities and non-students with disabilities are significant.  The teachers at Clarkrange High School attend in-service on improving teaching methods through differentiated instruction.  We must place more importance on instruction, materials and technology for all students to be more successful on high-stakes exams.

 

Goals for this school year:

Overall Achievement Goals:  (Aligned to First to the Top Goals)

(1)   Improve ACT composite score of 17.8  in 2013- 2014 by 1 point (18.8) in 2014-2015

(2)   Increase proficient/advanced percentages in Algebra I from 61.7% in 2013-2014 to 65% in 2014-2015, Algebra II from 42% in 2013-2014 to 45% in 2014-2015, English I from 78.4% in 2013-2014 to 81.4% in 2014-2015  and English II from 66.7% in 2013-2014 to 69.7% in 2014-2015.

Subgroup Goals: (List each subgroup individually)

(3)   Narrow the achievement gap for the economically disadvantaged in Algebra I  from 16.2% in 2013-2014 to 13.2% in 2014-2015 and narrow the gap in English II from 30.6% in 2013-2014 to 27.6% in 2014-2015

(4)   Narrow the achievement gap for the students with disabilities in Algebra I  from 48.9% in 2013-2014 to 45.9% in 2014-2015, Algebra II  from 43.4% in 2013-2014 to 40.4% in 2014-2015, English I from 30.2% in 2013-2014 to 27.2% in 2014-2015  and narrow the gap in English II from 35.5% in 2013-2014 to 32.5% in 2014-2015

Other Required Goal Areas:

(1)   Continue to meet or exceed graduation rate of 90%

(2)   Increase proficient/advanced percentages in Algebra I from 61.7% in 2013-2014 to 65% in 2014-2015, Algebra II from 42% in 2013-2014 to 45% in 2014-2015, English I from 78.4% in 2013-2014 to 81.4% in 2014-2015  and English II from 66.7% in 2013-2014 to 69.7% in 2014-2015.Continue to test a minimum of 95% of our students

(3)   Continue to meet or exceed state attendance rate of 93%

Plan for this school year:

Key strategies to achieve goals:

(1)    Remediation (Intervention)

(2)    Weekly after school ACT tutoring as requested

(3)   CASE Exams for ACT and ACT Plan Prep.

(4)   Benchmark Exams

Key strategies to achieve progress for students with the greatest need:

(5)  Accelerated Math for remediation and enrichment (or Data Driven Instruction)

(6)  Tutoring-before and after school for core courses

(7)  Renaissance Program to reward academic achievement and attendance

(8)  Field Trips to provide cultural experiences not readily available in this area (studies show that exposure to cultural diversity improves vocabulary, thus improving test scores)

Projected costs and funding sources for key strategies:

(1), (2) and (4) No additional cost; (3) The school district pays; (5) purchased with Perkins (CTE) federal funds for the Contextual Algebra and Contextual Geometry classrooms; (6) Teachers paid with extended contract money; (7) Funded by local businesses; (8) Funds are raised by individual groups

Benchmarks  for Progress

Benchmark:

Timeline:

(1)                 Focused Enrichment (Students are placed in an area that has been recognized as a challenge based on at least 3 achievement points.

Daily (11:00-11:30)

(2)                The purpose of this tutoring is to allow students the opportunity to bring in problem areas and have one on one tutoring with a volunteer mathematics major in our community.  Any student who wants to improve his/her ACT  math score may attend any or all provided sessions.

Every Wednesday afternoon from 3-4 pm

(3)                CASE College and Career Readiness Exams

Monthly through March

(4)                Benchmark Exams help us to recognize students deficiencies and recommend remediation.

Given every 4 1/2 weeks

(5)                Accelerated Math allows us to identify a student’s current level of proficiency so he/she can be advanced to the expected level.  Students are given practice on objectives and can only test when proficiency is demonstrated.  Mastered objectives will be reviewed throughout the new lessons to ensure retention of knowledge. 

Daily or as required to meet objectives

(6)                All core subjects offer free tutoring by certified personnel

English:  Tuesday-Thursday

3-4 pm

Math:  Monday-Thursday 7:30-7:55 am

Science:  Monday-Wednesday

3-4 pm

(7)                The goal of the Clarkrange Renaissance is to encourage students to (a) achieve better grades, (b) improve attendance, (c) improve behavior, (d) assist the school in becoming a better learning facility, and (e) promote and instill the value of pride, self-confidence, self-worth and that everyone can achieve.  It is the intent for those students who need improvement to see the value and importance of education.  In turn, students will be motivated to perform better in school.  We want to create a culture that recognizes excellence. 

Semi-annual celebration with rewards throughout each semester

(8)                The Art and Music departments also orchestrate a combined art show and choral concert for cultural enrichment.  Connection to cultural experience and personal relevance is known to enhance student motivation and learning. Acknowledgment and valuing of learners’ cultural experience is also considered an important aspect of creating relationships that lead to learning. (Elements Comprising the Colorado Literacy Framework:  V. Cultural Experience and Personal Relevance)

Periodic trips as time and funds allow

 

Each April (Art Show, Spring Concert)

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