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    2013-2014 Union Gap School District Status: Focus - Special Education
    - posted Feb 19th, 2013 -
     
     
     

    February 8, 2013

     

    Kurt Hilyard, Superintendent

    Union Gap School District

    3201 South 4th Street

    Union Gap, WA 98903-1894

     

    Dear Superintendent Hilyard:

     

    RE:      Reward, Priority, Focus, and Emerging School(s) Identified under Washington’s ESEA Flexibility Request

     

    As required by Washington State’s approved Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request (http://www.k12.wa.us/ESEA/PublicNotice.aspx), the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) identified 69 schools for Reward (Highest Performing and/or High Progress) for 2013–14. Additionally, 307 schools were identified as Priority, Focus, or Emerging for

    2013–14; this includes the 282 schools previously identified as Priority, Focus, or Emerging for

    2012–13. Determinations are based on the school’s performance over three (3) years (Attachment A).

     

    The list of newly identified schools was determined using the same methodology (approved by the U.S. Department of Education) as was used to identify the first group of Reward, Priority, Focus, and Emerging schools. Data on state assessments in reading and mathematics and graduation rates from the 2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–12 school years were incorporated into the calculations for newly identified schools. Please note that a school’s Title I status during those three school years was a factor in these calculationsHowever, a school’s Title I status in subsequent years (e.g., 2012–13 or

    2013–14) will not alter the four (4) generated lists or the requirements for identified schools.

     

    OSPI leadership called all superintendents with newly identified Reward, Priority, Focus, and Emerging schools during the week of February 4-8.  This letter serves as official notification to superintendents with newly identified and continuing Reward, Priority, Focus, and/or Emerging schools in 201314. The table below lists schools from your district that have been identified for

    2013–14. The first column identifies the school; the second column indicates the classification.

     

    Table 1. Reward, Priority, Focus, and Emerging Schools in 2013–14

    School

    Classification

    Union Gap School**

    Focus (SWD)

    * New designation for 2013–14

    ** Same designation as in 2012–13

     
     
     
     


     

     

    Kurt Hilyard, Superintendent

    Page 2

    February 8, 2013

     

     

    Schools identified as Priority, Focus, or Emerging must meet certain requirements/expectations (Attachment B) and are eligible for supports and services (Attachment C). Districts are urged to fund all identified Priority, Focus, and Emerging schools with Title I, Part A dollars; this includes Title I- eligible, but not yet served schools. Washington has a federally approved waiver that allows Priority schools with graduation rates less than 60% to be served out of customary rank order.

     

    Districts are to assure that each identified school notifies its constituents (e.g., parents, community members, and staff) of its status as a Reward, Priority, Focus, or Emerging school. The timing and means of this communication are a district prerogative and should meet the “reasonableness” test, that is, notification should occur well before the start of the school year. The means of communication should be such that all applicable individuals will have access to the information. The communication must clearly articulate why the school was identified as a Reward, Priority, Focus, or Emerging school (e.g., a Focus school’s persistently low performance among its English Language Learner subgroup on state assessments). Additionally, the process the district and school will use to ensure substantial increases in student achievement in Priority, Focus, and Emerging schools must be articulated.

     

    To support superintendents, principals, and teams in Priority, Focus, and/or Emerging schools, the Office of Student and School Success, in partnership with regional Educational Service Districts (ESD), will conduct outreach sessions during February and March. Specific information will be provided by your ESD.

     

    Questions or requests for additional information may be directed to Andrew (Andy) Kelly, Assistant Superintendent for Student and School Success, at (360) 725-6424 or andrew.kelly@k12.wa.usThe agency TTY number is (360) 664-3631.

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Bob Harmon, Assistant Superintendent

    Special Programs and Federal Accountability

     

     

    Attachment A:             Definitions and Calculations Used to Identify Reward, Priority, Focus, and

    Emerging Schools

    Attachment B:              Requirements Approved as Part of Washington States ESEA Flexibility Request

    Attachment C:              Supports and Services Approved as Part of Washington State’s ESEA Flexibility Request

     

    c.         Alan Burke, Ed.D., Deputy Superintendent, K–12 Education, OSPI

    Andrew Kelly, Assistant Superintendent, Student and School Success, OSPI


     

     
     
     
     
     

     

    Definitions and Calculations Used to Identify Reward, Priority, Focus, and Emerging Schools

     

    The following were used to identify each classification of school; definitions align with  federal guidance and the calculations were approved as part of Washington State’s ESEA Flexibility Request.

     

    Reward – Title I-participating school at least 1 of 3 years (2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–12)

     

    ·    Highest Performing:

    o Title I-participating at least one year (2009–10, 2010–11, and/or 2011–12);

    o Met Adequate Yearly Progress (2009–10, 2010–11) or Annual Measurable

    Objectives (2011–12) in both Reading and Math for 3 years in all students”

    group and all subgroups;

    o Sufficient N for all 3 years for Low Income subgroup for Reading and Math (N is at least 30 for 2009–10 and 2010–11; N is at least 20 for 2011–12);

    o At least 50% of students met standard on Reading/Math combined over 3-year period; and

    o Did not have a negative trend over the 3-year period.

    ·    High-Progress: In top 10% of Title I schools in Reading/Math combined for 3 years or for graduation rates for 3 years. OSPI used 1:1 ratio of achievement to change to create

    the rank-ordered list of schools.

    Note. Schools identified as Reward schools cannot have subgroups in the same performance band as schools on lists generated to identify Priority, Focus, or Emerging schools.

     

    Priority – Title I-participating schools and Title I-eligible secondary schools that graduate students

    ·    N is at least 46 schools (at least 5% of total number of Title I schools in Washington

    State)

    ·    Includes:

    o Continuing Priority schools:

    §    27 SIG Schools (i.e., schools receiving federal School Improvement Grants

    (SIGs) over 3 years to implement one of four federal intervention models; the goal is to turn around performance, close persistent achievement gaps, and substantially improve student learning and outcomes; and

    §    19 lowest achieving schools from the list of Persistently Lowest Achieving Schools” (PLAs) developed in fall 2011 to satisfy federal requirements in Washington State’s School Improvement Grant Application and state statute (E2SSB 6696). The 19 schools include 7 high schools with graduation rates less than 60% and the 12 lowest achieving schools in Math and Reading (combined) over 3 years.

    o Newly Identified Priority schools:

    §    The 18 lowest achieving schools in bottom 5% of Title I schools in Reading

    and Math (combined) for 3 years (2009–10, 201011, and 2011–12); does not include schools already designated as Priority or Focus for 2012–13; and

    §    One Title I-eligible high school with graduation rates less than 60% for 3 years (2009–10, 2010–11, and 2011–12).


     

    Focus – Title I-participating schools

    ·    N is at least 92 schools (at least 10% of total number of Title I Schools in Washington

    State)

    ·    Selected from bottom of ranked list based on subgroup performance for Reading/Math (combined) for 3 years and/or for graduation rates for 3 years; schools are ranked based on difference between all students meeting standard (100%) and the performance of each subgroup.

    ·    Includes Continuing Focus schools only, that is, schools identified as Focus for 2012–13 based on data from 2008–09, 2009–10, and 2010–11). No new Focus schools were identified for 2013–14.

     

    Emerging – Title I-participating schools

    ·    N is at least 138 schools (next 5% up from the bottom of the Priority list and next 10%

    up from the bottom of the Focus list.)

    ·    Includes:

    o Continuing Emerging schools: 130 Emerging schools in 2012–13 that were not re- classified as Priority schools for 2013–14.

    o Newly Identified Emerging schools:

    §    14 additional schools from bottom of the Priority list; these replace the 14

    Emerging schools re-classified as Priority for 2013–14; and

    §    6 Title I-participating high schools with subgroups having graduation rates less than 60% over 3 years.


     

     

     
     
     
     

    Requirements Approved as Part of Washington State’s ESEA Flexibility

    Request

     

     

     

     

    Priority

     

    Focus

     

    Emerging

     

    Engage in Needs Assessment (Spring 2013)

    (External)

    (External)

    (Internal)

    Implement turnaround principles (i.e., Student and School

    Success Principles) described in federal guidelines

     

     

     

     

    Implement meaningful interventions aligned with unique needs of school and identified subgroups

     

     

     

     

    Craft Student and School Success Action Plan using Indistar online planning tool; address findings from Needs Assessment; align plan with Student and School Success Principles; submit to OSPI for review by June 30, 2013

     

     

     

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    **

     

    Implement plan; develop 90-day benchmark plans aligned with plan; monitor progress toward intended goals

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Engage in professional development aligned with turnaround principles (i.e., Student and School Success Principles) and/or meaningful interventions

     

     

     

     

    District: Set-aside up to 20% of Title I, Part A funds; ensure school(s) implement plan as designed; build capacity to sustain improvements over time

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    *Use findings from external Needs Assessment

    **Use findings from internal Needs Assessment


     

     

     
     
     

    Supports and Services Approved as Part of Washington States ESEA Flexibility Request

     

     

     

     

    Priority

     

    Focus

     

    Emerging

     

    Leadership Coach - Provides Technical

    Assistance, Coaching, and Monitoring

     

    (on-site)

     

    (on-site)

     

    (differentiated based on action plan)

     

     

    Needs Assessment (NA)

     

    (External)

     

    (External)

     

    (Internal)

     

    Comprehensive Data Packages

     

     

     

    OSPI Review of Student and School Success

    Plan

     

     

     

     

    Access to OSPI/ESD professional development and services

     

     

     

     

    Minimal iGrants to support engagement in professional development and services

     

     

     

    Access to “Mentor Schools” (Reward Schools, SIG Schools with similar demographics)