District Improvement Letter
August 03, 2011
Dear Nell Holcomb R-IV School District Parent and/or Guardian:
Under the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, each state is required to assess all school districts/schools to determine if each district/school has made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the academic testing standards and additional measures set by the state. AYP decisions are based on the results of state testing in communication arts and math and the district’s attendance rate and graduation rate. If the school and district have not made AYP for two consecutive years in any one of the four areas, it is considered “in need of improvement”. The Nell Holcomb R-IV School and District are kindergarten through eighth grade, thus graduation rate does not apply.
Based on the results of this past year’s (2010-2011) academic testing in communication arts and math and the district’s attendance rate, the Nell Holcomb R-IV School and District did not make adequate yearly progress for the following reasons:
1. In Communication Arts, the School and District did not attain AYP due to an overall score of 54.5% of students in proficient and advanced. The target score was 75.5%. Also, the School and District only met in one out of four subgroups. At this point, the Nell Holcomb R-IV School and District is not in School and District Improvement in Communication Arts because the School and District have not had two consecutive years of not meeting AYP in Communication Arts.
2. In Mathematics, the School and District did not attain AYP due to an overall score of 52.0% of students in proficient and advanced. The target score was 72.5%. Also, the School and District met zero out of four subgroups. Last year, the School and District was in School and District Improvement, Level 1 delayed. By not meeting AYP in 2010-2011, the Nell Holcomb School and District is in School and District Improvement Level 2.
Under federal guidelines, the School and District is to offer public school choice. The Nell Holcomb R-IV School and District does not have any other schools to offer public school choice.
Because this is the second year of this designation, the School and District are considered to be in Level 2 of District/School Improvement in Communication Arts. We will continue to implement the plan for improvement which was developed previously. One important component of this plan will be parent involvement in both the development and implementation of the plan.
You can also help by increasing your understanding of the assessment, understanding the importance of good attendance and graduating from school, visiting schools and becoming a volunteer, and engaging in reading and math strategies at home.
Information about No Child Left Behind and what parents can do to improve student achievement can be found at http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml.
Darryl Pannier Mary Boeller