District 113A AYP Status
During the Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, September 18th, Assistant Superintendent Dr. Mary Gricus presented the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) reports for our schools and the district. Students participated in the Illinois Standards Achievement Tests (ISAT) in March of 2012, and the final reports have been provided by the Illinois State Board of Education. District 113A is proud to note that our overall student population for the district and all three schools in the tested grade levels met the AYP targets in Reading and Math for 2012. Old Quarry Middle School made AYP in Reading and Mathematics for all of its subgroups, as well. That means that Old Quarry made AYP as a school. River Valley School and the district made AYP in Mathematics for all students, as well as all subgroups. However, because several subgroups of students did not meet the performance targets for Reading on the 2012 ISAT, the district and River Valley School did not make AYP. Though Oakwood School does not house any grade levels that take the ISAT, Oakwood receives an AYP rating based on the Reading and Mathematics scores of River Valley's 3rd grade students. Using those 3rd grade scores, Oakwood made AYP. It is important to note that even if the total student population of a school or district makes AYP, the AYP report will indicate that the school or district is not making AYP if one or more subgroups does not make AYP in Reading or Mathematics.
The district report, as well as the reports for Oakwood, River Valley and Old Quarry, can be found at the link 2012 Adequate Yearly Progress Status Reports below. The 2011 AYP Reports have also been provided as a reference. While the focus of AYP is primarily on individual schools, AYP status is also reported for the district as a whole and a variety of subgroups: White, Black, Hispanic, Asian, Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander, Native American, Two or More Races, Limited English Proficient, Students with Disabilities, and Economically Disadvantaged. A subgroup must contain at least 45 students to be reported for a school or the district. We have enough students in several categories to qualify for subgroups in Old Quarry and River Valley. Even if an individual school does not have enough students to qualify as a subgroup, the district may have a subgroup if the total number of students in the district is at least 45.
Criteria for AYP:
Schools and districts must meet these three criteria to make AYP in 2012:
1. At least 95% of students must be tested in Reading and Mathematics. This applies to the total school and district student populations, as well as each of the identified subgroups.
2. At least 85% of ISAT scores must fall in the “meets” and “exceeds” levels for both Reading and Mathematics. Again, this applies to the total school and district student population, as well as each of the identified subgroups.
3. Elementary schools must have at least a 91% attendance rate.
A higher percentage of our district’s students met or exceeded the state standards for Reading compared to the prior three years (the scores for 2009 through 2012 appear in the table below). The overall percentage of students meeting/exceeding the state standards for Mathematics in 2012 remained the same as in 2011.
While most of our students have continued to meet our high standards and expectations for achievement in the content areas tested, River Valley and the district as a whole did not make AYP because all of the subgroups did not make AYP. The district’s subgroups of Hispanic, Limited English Proficient, Students with Disabilities and Economically Disadvantaged did not reach the 85% performance target in Reading for 2012. River Valley School also did not make AYP in Reading for the Hispanic and Economically Disadvantaged subgroups. Because River Valley did not have enough students to make AYP performance subgroups in these two categories in 2011, River Valley could not use a "Safe Harbor" option offered by the Illinois State Board of Education to demonstrate growth from 2011 to 2012. That means that River Valley School has been placed in State Academic Early Warning Year 2 and must submit an updated, Board-approved School Improvement Plan to the Illinois State Board of Education. Additional procedures and federal sanctions will be required if River Valley does not achieve AYP in 2013.
The success with our general population and some of our subgroups is the direct result of the perseverance of our principals, teachers, support staff and parents who worked diligently to address the individual needs of students last year. The implementation of system-wide curricular changes and the addition of academic interventions also contributed to our students' success.
The School Improvement Teams will continue to analyze the 2012 data as well as trend data and will design improvement plans for students, grade levels and schools that did not meet the standards on the 2012 ISAT (especially those who are members of one or more of the lowest performing or “at risk” subgroups). The updated School Improvement Plans will be presented to the Board of Education during an October or November board meeting. The Illinois School Report Cards that contain detailed information about the performance of each grade level will be posted on our website when the Report Cards are published by the Illinois State Board of Education.
The Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessments will continue to provide critical information about individual students’ progress toward identified improvement goals so that the teachers and principals can modify and target instruction to each student’s specific deficit area/s. We will expand the MAP assessment program to Kindergarten in the winter of 2013 so that the teachers can begin to implement early interventions with our youngest at-risk learners. We will also use computer-based reading intervention programs (e.g., Lexia and Reading Plus, purchased with ARRA funds) to provide intensive instruction, practice and reinforcement for students who are struggling to master reading skills in grades three through eight. Other personnel and intervention support may also be acquired through the use of FY13 Title 1 funds.