Title I Annual Parent Meeting
All About Title I • State and Federal Accountability • School Focus Areas • The Benefits of Title I Agenda
The best for our children; • A better future for them; • Success in school and life; • To be happy; • To be a good citizen; • To be respectful, honest, and hard-working; • To exceed our current lifestyle. We all want…
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom” -- George Washington Carver Education is the KEY
The largest Federal assistance program for our nation’s schools • Provides additional academic support and learning opportunities for students at schools with high percentages of socioeconomically disadvantaged children What is Title I?
The federal government provides funding to states each year for Title I • The California Department of Education sends the money to the district • The school district identifies eligible schools and provides Title I funds • Generally, our district funnels Title I funds ONLY to elementary schools How Title I works
Education act signed into law in 2002 that aims to: • Ensure that every student has a high-quality education; • Challenge and motivate students; • Provide highly qualified teachers who use proven teaching methods;and • Ensure a safe, drug free learning environment No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) • The method by which the federal government assesses school progress • Criteria includes participation rate in state testing, proficiency rates on ELA and math state tests, and the school’s ranking in the state’s accountability system • The goal is for 100% of students to be proficient in English and Math by the year 2014 • School’s that receive Title I funds must make AYP every year or face consequences • This is why the district focuses Title I funds at the elementary level NCLB, Title I, & AYP
Federal law requires that if a school hits a certain percentage of low-income students, they will automatically become a Title I school. • This is the case with SMMS • As a result, we are subject to the consequences of not meeting AYP So why is SMMS Title I?
AYP considers 3 criteria: (participation, proficiency, API) • SMMS met the criteria in both participation and API • In order to meet proficiency standards the school and all subgroups must meet the federal target in English and Math • 89.2% for English and 89.5% in Math What you should know about AYP
Of all schools in San Diego County, 15% met AYP • NO secondary school in SMUSD met AYP • SMMS is the only secondary Title I school • As such, SMMS receives consequences of not making AYP What you should know about AYP
The California Department of Education uses the Academic Performance Index as its accountability standard • A school’s scores are based on how students score on state tests in the spring • English, Math, Science (8th only), and History (8th only) • The statewide performance target is 800 out of a possible 1000 points State API
The state offers an additional measure of a school’s progress with a Similar School ranking • This ranks the school’s API compared with the APIs of 100 other schools with similar demographic characteristics State API
SMMS 2013 API is 818 • Exceeds the state’s performance target • Exceeds the state average API of 789 State API
SMMS Similar School’s ranking is 10 out of 10 • Within the 100 similar schools used for this ranking, SMMS has the 5th highest API Similar Schools
SMMS is the only middle school in the district with schoolwide API growth • + 2 Schoolwide • SMMS grew in 3 out of 5 significant subgroup areas as well • + 10 White • +3 Socioeconomically Disadvantaged • + 2 English Learners • No Change in Hispanic/Latino • - 12 in Students w/Disabilities API Growth
The consequence of a Title I school not meeting AYP for 2 consecutive years • 78% of Title I schools are in some form of Program Improvement • SMMS has been placed in Year 1 Program Improvement Program Improvement
San Marcos Unified School District is in Year 1 Program Improvement In Good Company
Parents’ right to transfer to school of choice • 10% of Title 1 funds must be used for teacher professional development • Parent and teacher surveys about educational programs • Revise school plan to improve achievement of certain subgroups What does PI mean for SMMS?
The school must show improvement for 2 years in order to exit Program Improvement • Future is uncertain • California STAR tests will end in 2014 • Replaced by Common Core assessments in 2014/2015 • AB 484 legislation in the Senate will: • Suspend STAR tests in ELA and math as soon as this spring • Will allow for transition to new standards and test • Lift the development of API for the next 2 years What does PI mean for SMMS?
Title I programs provide supplemental support and programs that benefit all students • Additional teachers • Additional training for school staff • Extra time for instruction (before and/or after school programs) • Support classes within the school day • Supplemental teaching materials and technology • Parent education and involvement activities Many of the supports and programs we offer would not be available without Title I funding The Upside of Title I
Review and restructure supports for our lowest achieving students • Restructure our intervention programs • Implement a program review process to include data driven progress monitoring for all curricular programs • Incorporate more opportunities for parental education and involvement • Continue to focus on learning for ALL students How will we address PI?
College and Career Ready Instruction • “Common Core” standards • Increased rigor in the classroom • Emphasize conceptual understanding over procedural skills • Moving beyond “the test” to real world application • Literacy in every class • Preparing students in 21st century skills • The 4 C’s of 21st century success • Critical thinking • Collaboration • Communication • Creativity • College awareness • A-G requirements • Every grade counts • PACE Promise (CSUSM) • College-day Thursdays School Focus Areas
Student Responsibility • Academic, Social, and Emotional growth • Head, Heart, and Hustle! • Setting goals and achieving high standards • Honor Roll • C or better club • Behavioral accountability • No tardy incentives • Perfect attendance incentives School Focus Areas
We recognize that student achievement is a community effort. • Title I requires a School-Parent compact that outlines the shared responsibility of students, parents, and the school • Our compact can be found in your student’s planner • With 4 signatures The Parent-School Compact
As Principal, I will be responsible for: • Creating a welcome environment for students and parents • Reinforcing the partnership between parent, student, and staff • Ensuring teachers implement district curriculum and high quality instruction • Ensuring teachers provide homework assignments that reinforce classroom instruction • Acting as an instructional leader in support of teaching and learning The Parent-School Compact
As a Teacher, I will be responsible for: • Explaining my expectations, instructional goals, and grading system to students and parents • Implementing the district’s content standards and benchmark assessments • Explaining the SMMS code of conduct to students and parents • Teaching all necessary concepts to students before homework is assigned • Providing a safe and positive environment for learning • Communicating regularly with parents regarding their child’s progress The Parent-School Compact
As a Parent, I will be responsible for: • Sending my child to school regularly and on time • Supporting the SMMS code of conduct • Encouraging my child • Establishing a time and place for homework and supporting my child in developing good study habits • Finding out how my child is progressing by looking at school work, monitoring grades, and communicating with the school The Parent-School Compact
As a Student, I will be responsible for: • Coming to school on time, prepared to work and in possession of appropriate school materials • Completing all assignments to the best of my ability • Spending time at home completing assignments, reading, and studying • Practicing the rules in the SMMS code of conduct • Being a cooperative and motivated learner • Seeking help when I have difficulty understanding and completing school work • Checking my grades online and with my teacher The Parent-School Compact