AYP Requirements Met Through Transfers and Tutoring

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Thursday August 29, 2013

At the August 21st school board meeting, Director of Learning Stuart Weiss gave a presentation on the recently released Adequate Yearly Progress results. Adequate Yearly Progress is based on the premise that all students will be proficient in reading and math by 2014. In 2014, all students in all subgroups will be required to score 500 points. Points are awarded on NECAP (New England Common Assessment Program) and the VT alternative assessment as follows proficient with distinction (500), proficient (500), nearly proficient (300), below (100), and not completed (0). 

Four schools in the District did not make adequate yearly progress in 2011: South Burlington High School, Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, Chamberlin, and Orchard Elementary schools. Under the No Child Left Behind Act, the district was required to offer school choice to  students enrolled in those schools for whom there was another school to transfer into. Since there is only 1 middle school and 1 high school within the district, the students at those schools did not have a transfer option. Chamberlin and Orchard elementary students were given the opportunity to transfer to Central School.  While last year did not net a significant number of transfers of students to Central School, this upcoming school year paints a very different picture. According to Central School principal Sue Luck, ““We will have 43 students with us through school choice. 36 are new choice students and 7 were with us last year through choice. Overall, we have enrolled 60 new students for this school year (including the 36 choice).” This is an all time high.

South Burlington Schools received a number of acknowledgements as a result of their AYP scores for 2012. Of the 320 schools in Vermont, only 81 made AYP and Central and SBHS were among them (Central and SBHS have less than 40 students who receive free and reduced lunch in their respective schools and therefore, do not have any subgroups counted in their overall scoring). Both Chamberlin and Central Schools were recognized for their commitment to improvement (increase of 10%) rates in reading and math for students with disabilities. Nineteen schools in Vermont were recognized as having scores 15-20% higher than average and Rick Marcotte Central School was one of them. 

However, AYP results at Tuttle Middle School and Chamberlin and Orchard elementary schools varied. Tuttle, Chamberlin and Orchard made AYP in reading and math for most students, but students who qualify for free and reduced lunch (the only subgroup identified for AYP) did not make AYP in math at Tuttle, Chamberlin, or Orchard and AYP in reading for this subgroup was met only at Chamberlin.

Students who receive free and reduced lunch are the only subgroup large enough to count separately in terms of AYP results since no AYP decisions are made for subgroups under 40 students. If a school does not make AYP for three years in a row, they are required to provide supplemental educational services (SES) to their students. SBHS is not required to provide SES since they achieved AYP this year. 

However, since some Orchard and Tuttle Middle School students did not make AYP in reading and some students at Orchard, Chamberlin, and Tuttle did not make AYP in math, free tutoring services will be offered. The services, under the No Child Left Behind legislation would make these students eligible for extra help in reading and/or math. Children attending one of the three schools where AYP was not met who qualify for free or reduced lunch, could be eligible for free tutoring from a list of  State approved providers. To learn if one’s child is eligible, an “eligibility for free or reduced lunch form” must be completed along with the interest form by Monday, October 7. There are limits to the total amount of tutoring that can be provided and parents will be responsible for transportation. If a student has already transferred to Central, he/she is not eligible for the tutoring services. Thirty students will have access to the services, but if more than thirty students apply, a system will be set up where the students with the most need, based upon grades and other factors will receive top priority. Parents/guardians can expect to receive letters with more information shortly after the start of the school year.