Letter to Parents Regarding No Child Left Behind Educational Options
August 14, 2015
Dear Parents and Guardians,
We are dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life. To ensure the success of all students, the U.S. Department of Education, the State of Vermont, and Leland and Gray have set high standards that are reflected in what is taught in our classrooms. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires that adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading, writing, mathematics, and science be assessed annually in every public school in the country. Last spring Vermont began administering the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams for gr. 3-8 and 11 in reading, writing, and mathematics. Last May, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tested 4th, 8th, and 11th graders in science.
Every year in August, the Vermont Agency of Education announces the progress of every school. According to NCLB policies, nearly every school in Vermont does not make AYP and is in “Need of Improvement.” As a result, each school must implement an Improvement Plan, which can be found at www.lelandandgray.org. As many of you know, Leland and Gray has taken significant steps in training and supporting teachers to instruct writing in every subject area based on the new Common Core State Standards. In that way, students’ learning in the arts, physical education, and other areas essential to students’ full development and preparation for college and career are continually enriched by literacy and other critical thinking skills, rather than diminished. Not making AYP requires Leland and Gray to inform parents/guardians of our school’s status and our next steps:
1.The L&G community will review students’ annual performance on the SBAC and NECAP examinations in comparison to the state average (last spring’s SBAC exam results will be released by the VT Agency of Education in late August and posted on the school website).
2.The L&G administration will work with WCSU educators to improve students’ academic performance.
3.L&G will continue offering learning supports, including tutoring before and after school, math and English interventions, academic support courses, and HEY programs after-school and in summer.
4.Parents/guardians whose children are eligible for free meals may choose additional “supplemental educational services.” These SES programs are free learning supports provided outside of L&G, tailored to students’ math and literacy needs, by providers approved by the State of Vermont. Parents choose their preferred provider from the accompanying list. The deadline for requesting SES services is Friday, October 2, 2015. Please be aware there is a maximum funding allotment for each student’s service. If you are interested in your student participating in an SES program, please contact Terry Davison-Berger at 365-7355 or firstname.lastname@example.org. L&G does not provide transportation to SES services.
5.Limited school choice may be available to students in grades 7 and 8 within the supervisory union. Please contact the WCSU Superintendent, Dr. Steven John, for details.
6.You are encouraged to attend the Parent Advisory Group, which meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the library at 7-8 pm. In this forum, you can provide input on academic life and school climate matters. Please join our lively conversation and make L&G the best for everyone!
We will continue to communicate with you throughout the year regarding the school improvement efforts underway. Please look for updates in Monday Notes, the newsletter, and on the school website. Thank you for all your support.
|Dorinne Dorfman, Principal||Melanie Zwolinski, Director of Student Services|