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Cloverdale board hears good report

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

CLOVERDALE -- On Monday, the Cloverdale Community School Corp. school board learned from CCSC Supt. Carrie Milner that the corporation had passed its Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) report.

During the 2002-03 school year, corporations nationwide were required to show annual improvements in academic achievement of the overall student population and identified student subgroups within the general population, including economic background, race and ethnicity, limited English proficiency and special education according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NLCB).

According to the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE), schools must make AYP in all student groups in order to meet AYP. The goal of NLCB is for all students to achieve proficiency in English/language arts and mathematics by 2014.

CCSC has passed the report three consecutive years after missing the grade in 2002. It also passed in 2002.

Still, Milner said she hoped to see even more progress in the future.

"Overall, we have a lot of work to do," Milner said. "But we continue to move in the right direction."

The IDOE says schools have two ways to make AYP, including:

  • meet all performance, participation and attendance/graduation targets for the overall student population and individual student groups with 20 or more students, and

  • meet attendance/graduation rate targets and reduce the number of students not meeting performance targets by 10 percent.

    IDOE also says corporations have two ways to make AYP, including:

  • meet performance, participation and attendance targets for overall student population and each student subgroup in one or more grade spans, and

  • meet attendance rate targets and reduce the number of students not meeting performance targets by 10 percent.

    The NCLB includes consequences for corporations that participate in the federal Title I program and do not make AYP. According to the IDOE, Title I schools, those with high percentages of students from low-income families, receive additional federal funding to help educate those at-risk students.

    Title I corporations that do not make AYP for two consecutive years enter what is called Improvement Status.

    IDOE says that Improvement Status consists of a series of interventions that become more extensive for each successive year that the school does not make AYP, including school choice, supplemental services, corrective action, restructuring planning and restructuring implementation.

    According to Milner Monday, several grades saw improvements in language arts and mathematics scores this year, helping the corporation pass the AYP.

    Meanwhile, the board heard an update from Milner regarding the corporation's mission, vision and belief statements as well as an update on future goals for the corporation.

    Milner handed the board members two pages regarding the issues.

    The corporation's mission statement, according to the handout, is to "educate all its students to their full potential in a safe, respectful and caring environment.

    The vision statement for the corporation involved eight points, including:

  • challenge, encourage, and empower students to reach their full potential,

  • provide a safe environment, which is conducive to learning,

  • celebrate and honor the diversity of people and ideas that enrich the community,

  • strengthen the vital collaboration between school, home and community,

  • teach students to behave responsibly,

  • encourage each student to develop a positive self worth and strong work ethic,

  • honor family time as an essential factor in student growth, and

  • sew the seeds of life-long learning.

    In addition, the belief statement included eight points. It also included three goals which were broken down into several strategic points. The goals included:

  • the corporation population will meet or exceed the Indiana standards performance cut score average in language arts by fall 2012 in grades kindergarten through third,

  • to provide a positive, safe, and secure environment for students, and

  • to develop a long-term facility plan by May 2008 and implement the plan by August 2012.

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