Title 1 School Improvement
October 19, 2015
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that according to 2014-2015 state student assessment results Bryan Elementary is in Year 2 of Title I School Improvement for the 2015-2016 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Schools are expected to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward that goal. The state goal for last year was to have 100% of all students in grades 3-8, & 11, be proficient on the state reading and math standards. Bryan has performed well on past assessments, however based on this year’s 100% proficiency requirement; Bryan has not met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) goal. Additional information about how our school compared to other schools in the state is available on the State of the Schools Report on the Nebraska Department of Education web site at: http://www.education.ne.gov/documents/SOSR.html. In 2014-15 Bryan Elementary did not meet AYP goals in 4 subgroups in Math.
Bryan Elementary receives federal funds from the Title I program. These funds help students who are not achieving at grade level in math or reading in high-poverty schools. One requirement of a school identified is to establish an Accountability Compact Team to assist in planning and evaluating strategies for improvement in the elementary school. Members of the team include staff from our district, ESU staff, NDE staff, and a parent from our school district.
We are concerned about the academic progress of all of our students. The Accountability Compact Team, with district and state assistance, has identified reading as the area of concern. As a result, we have implemented new core reading materials for use during the 2015-16 year. Student test scores, state assessment scores, school board input, and teacher input were all considered in making this decision.
Because Bryan has been identified as a school “in need of improvement” it must offer Public School Choice. If you are interested in having your child attend another school, please contact our school office at 324-3762
This identification also requires Bryan to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program. A list of the approved SES providers is available at the school’s office or at: http://www.lexschools.org/ under “Supplemental Educational Services”. Parents who choose to have their children participate in SES are asked to return the enrollment form to the Bryan office. Once notice has been received, we will make enrollment arrangements with the proider and parents will be contacted by their selected provider to begin tutoring.
We welcome your involvement at Bryan Elementary. There are many ways to participate including offering your input to the School Improvement Team, Title 1 parent information meeting, volunteering, and attending parent conferences with your child’s teacher(s). Other ways to support your child’s success are to assure that your child is prepared, attends school each day, and has completed their homework.
If you have questions about this information, please feel free to contact Mr. Welch at 324-3762. Please continue to work with us to make sure that we achieve success for every student.
Drew Welch, Principal
Bryan Elementary-Year 2
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