Annual Education Report

District Annual Education Report (AER) Cover Letter

January 30, 2017

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 educational progress for the Alcona Community School District and our schools. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and some requirements of state laws. Our staff is available to help you understand this information. Please contact Superintendent Shawn Thornton for help if you need assistance.

The District AER is available for you to review electronically, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school. Each school will also be communicating their own AER to parents directly.

These reports contain the following information:

Student Assessment Data – Includes the following three assessments: M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress), MI-Access (Alternate Assessment), and College Board SAT. Presents assessment information for English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8 and 11, and science for grades 4, 7, and 11, compared to state averages for all students as well as subgroups of students. The report helps users to understand achievement performance within grades and schools, and to make comparisons to district, state, and national achievement benchmarks.

Accountability Scorecard – Detail Data and Status

The accountability portion of the AER includes assessment proficiency and participation rates, graduation or attendance rates, as well as accountability scorecard status.

Teacher Qualification Data

  • Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels

  • Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers not considered highly qualified to teach such classes

NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • Provides state results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8

Review the table below listing our schools. For the 2016-17 year, no new Priority or Focus schools were named; some Priority or Focus schools did exit their status because they met the exit criteria. New Reward schools were identified using school rankings and Beating the Odds information. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving 30% of schools. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Reward school is one that has achieved one or more of the following distinctions: top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings, top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric), or “Beating the Odds” by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no status label is given.

School Name

Status Label

Key Initiative to Accelerate Achievement

Alcona Community Middle & High School

No Label

MTSS & PBIS

Alcona Elementary School

No Label

MTSS & PBIS

     

At Alcona Community Schools, we believe that a commitment to Excellence Today leads to student Success Tomorrow. We are committed to becoming a premier public school district that has high expectations for students and staff, engages and supports all learners, and produces highly competent students prepared for college or careers. Our K-12 focus on implementation of a multi-tier system of support (MTSS) and positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) supports our goal of early and proactive intervention to improve student academic and behavioral success.

We welcome parent and community involvement in our schools! We know that our success depends upon a strong, positive relationship with our community to support learning goals. Get involved in our schools. You will always be welcome! Our children are the key to the future and ensuring their success is our highest priority.

Sincerely,
Shawn S. Thornton
Superintendent of Schools