ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOLS DISTRICT 914

 

ANNUAL REPORT ON CURRICULUM, INSTRUCTION, AND STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT

 

2013 FALL REPORT

 

The mission of the Ulen-Hitterdal Public Schools is to provide a safe positive learning environment in which all are offered the opportunity to participate, grow, and become life long learners.

 

When people talk about the curriculum of a school, they usually mean the subjects and courses that are taught and those students take and pass.  However, the State Board of Education (SBE) and the Minnesota Department of Education have identified basic standards and are requiring graduates of the Class of 2000 and thereafter to demonstrate what they know and do in order to receive a diploma from a public high school in Minnesota. 

 

Minnesota Graduation Components

 

The components include academic standards in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, and Physical Education.

 

Title I Assessments

The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) and alternate assessments (MCA-Modified and MTAS) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Students take one test in each subject. Most students take the MCA, but students who receive special education services and meet eligibility criteria may take the MCA-Modified or the MTAS.
The list below gives the tests available for each subject, with grades given in parentheses behind each test.


Reading:  MCA (grades 3-8, 10) or MCA-Modified (grades 5-8,10) or  MTAS (grades 3-8, 10)
Mathematics:  MCA (grades 3-8, 11) or MCA-Modified (grades 5-8, 11) or MTAS (grades 3-8, 11)
Science:  MCA or MTAS (grades 5, 8 and high school)


Diploma Assessments
The Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) are the state tests that fulfill Minnesota's high school graduation requirement for students who entered eighth grade in 2005-06 or later. These tests measure essential skills in Writing, Reading and Mathematics for success in the 21st century. If a student does not pass the first time, retests are available.

Students who do not pass the Mathematics GRAD are eligible to receive a high school diploma if they:

1.     Pass/complete all state and local coursework and credits required for graduation by their school board.

2.     Retest until they pass the mathematics GRAD or take at least two retests, whichever comes first.

3.     Participate in math remediation (tutoring) offered by the district.

Graduation Assessments in the future:
Based on new legislation, the graduation assessment requirements have changed. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible once a comprehensive review of the new requirements is completed.

 

 

DistrictÕs Overall Test Results (spring 2013)

MATH

 

 

 

2013 Math MCA-III Grade 03

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

71.5%

62,707

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

66.7%

27

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

66.7%

27

 

 

 

2013 Math MCA-III Grade 04

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

71.2%

61,387

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

76.0%

25

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

76.0%

25

 

   

 

2013 Math MCA-III Grade 05

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

60.0%

58,864

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

57.7%

26

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

57.7%

26

 

 

 

2013 Math MCA-III Grade 06

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

57.0%

59,432

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

31.8%

22

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

31.8%

22

 

 

 

2013 Math MCA-III Grade 07

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

56.0%

59,190

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

64.7%

17

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

64.7%

17

 

 

2013 Math MCA-III Grade 08

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

58.9%

58,686

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

60.0%

30

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

60.0%

30

 

 

2013 Math GRAD Grade 11

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

66.4%

58,457

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

71.4%

14

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

71.4%

14

 

 

DistrictÕs Overall Test Results (spring 2013)

READING

 

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 03

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

57.2%

62,389

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

37.0%

27

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

37.0%

27

 

 

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 04

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

54.0%

61,153

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

56.0%

25

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

56.0%

25

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 05

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

63.8%

58,557

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

61.5%

26

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

61.5%

26

 

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 06

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

59.3%

59,284

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

63.6%

22

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

63.6%

22

 

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 07

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

54.0%

59,326

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

33.3%

18

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

33.3%

18

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 08

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

54.1%

59,037

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

34.5%

29

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

34.5%

29

 

 

2013 Reading MCA-III Grade 10

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

62.3%

60,424

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

53.3%

15

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

53.3%

15

 

   

 

 

 

DistrictÕs Overall Test Results (spring 2013)

SCIENCE

 

   

 

 

2013 Science MCA-III Grade 05

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

59.7%

59,930

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

61.5%

26

ULEN-HITTERDAL ELEMENTARY

61.5%

26

 

2013 Science MCA-III Grade 08

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

43.8%

60,233

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

30.0%

30

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

30.0%

30

 

2013 Science MCA-III Grade HS

Organization

Percent_Proficient

Number_Tested

STATEWIDE

53.0%

55,498

ULEN-HITTERDAL PUBLIC SCHOOL DIST

60.0%

15

ULEN-HITTERDAL SECONDARY

60.0%

15

 

 

 

 

DISTRICTS OVERALL TEST RESULTS

WRITTEN COMPOSITION (spring 2013)

 

86% of the 21 students (grade 9) who took the written composition test passed.

 

 

Graduation Requirements

 

Students graduating from Ulen-Hitterdal High School will need to meet the following graduation requirements as set by Board of Education.

 

            English -- 4 credits                                         Social Studies -- 4 credits

            Science -- 3 credits                                        Mathematics -- 4 credits

            Physical Education -- 1 credit                         Health -- 1 credit

            Plus Electives            

 

 

TITLE 1

The purpose of the districtÕs Title I Program is to identify and help students who do not meet the minimum competency skill level or who are not making sufficient progress in mathematics and/or language arts. Title I is also designed to provide those students with remedial opportunities to assist them in meeting a competency skill level.  The Title I program is based on the belief that the school, home, and student share a responsibility in helping all students master these essential academic skills.

Criteria for selection of students to be served under Title I is an NWEA score of 60% or less, teacher / parent recommendation, student needs assessment, MCA scores, G-RADE and G-MADE scores (for kindergarten only) and students who are at risk of failing the stateÕs content and performance standards.  Currently, services are being provided to students in K - 6.  

29 students in grades K-6 in the school population are currently being served by Title I. 25 of the 29 students are enrolled in reading and 19 of the 29 students are enrolled in math.  

Other programs Title I is involved in include:  A Reading Intervention Program-Response To Intervention (RTI) (in the form of the intervention "Read Naturally") has been implemented in our school and "Accelerated Reader " continues to be encouraged in the Title department.  Before school tutoring, 1:1 classroom help with Title paras, group work help with paras, and Math & Reading programs are available for Title students as well. 

 

Progress Report on the Districts Goals 2012-2013

 

1.     Continue to maintain and enhance technological integration within the classroom curriculum.

-Updated classrooms to support technological upgrade

-Continuous technology training to improve teaching and learning

-Purchased IPADS, smart boards, mimeo boards and Kindles

     

2.     Promote job satisfaction, personal achievement and individual and team effort, encouraging personal advancement both within and outside of the school.

-Wellness committee continue to meet regularly

-Health and safety committee meet regularly

 

3.     Utilize RtI data to identify students who may be at risk academically, combining these scores with NWEA scores to enhance learning and teaching; working with all testing data, training teachers to read and use data to make appropriate curricular changes and improvements.

-Expanded RtI to include more grades and added math

-Continue to utilize tier 2 interventions

-Continue to conduct grade level meetings on a consistent basis

-Continue to include the use of data and assessments to inform classroom practice

-Increased teachersÕ and principalsÕ knowledge and skills in providing appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessment to help students meet and exceed state academic standards.

-Provided professional learning communities that focus on student achievement.

 

4.     To equip teachers, through TCIT training, with skills in positive attention and consistent discipline.  Through positive teacher-child interactions, studentsÕ social / emotional adjustment will be increased.

-Continues TCIT training and follow up by trainer

-Open communication for ongoing suggestions and consultation

-Training of different teachers for more continuity in elementary classrooms

-Continuous updates on best practice and research on TCIT training

 

5.  To promote and provide a safe and healthy school environment for students, teachers, staff, and community.

-Food cart continued for healthy snacks for elementary students

-Healthy snacks available for teachers daily

-Surveillance cameras in working order and the addition of bus cameras

 

           

2013-2014 District Improvement Plan (including Staff Development Goals)

 

1.  Improve student achievement of state and local education standards in all areas of curriculum.

 

2.  Promote job satisfaction, personal achievement and individual and team effort, encouraging personal advancement both within and outside of the school.

 

--Health and safety committee meet regularly

--Wellness committee continues to meet regularly

--Expanded surveillance cameras to include bus cameras.

--Follow up on recommendations of health and safety and wellness committees.

--Implemented a Òfood cartÓ for elementary students to provide healthy snacks.

 

3.  Utilize RtI data to identify students who may be at risk academically, combining these scores with NWEA scores to enhance learning and teaching; working with all testing data, training teachers to read and use data to make appropriate curricular changes and improvements.

 

-Expanded RtI to include more grades.

-Implemented tier two interventions.

-Continued grade level meetings on a consistent basis.

-Restructured RtI organization/staff for more consistent and valid data collection.

-Continued to include the use of data and assessments to inform classroom practice.

-Combined RtI as an integral part of school board, district wide and school wide educational improvement plans.

-Included teachers, principals, parents and administrators in planning sustainable classroom focused activities that were not one day or short term workshops.

-Increased teachersÕ knowledge of academic subjects and understanding of effective instructional strategies using scientifically based research.

-Increased teachersÕ and principalsÕ knowledge and skills in providing appropriate curriculum, instruction and assessment to help students meet and exceed state academic standards.

-Provided for professional learning communities that focus on student achievement.

-Evaluated designs and strategies for impact on teacher effectiveness to increase student academic achievement and improve the quality of future professional development.

 

4.  To improve overall MCA-II scores; provide students to show academic growth and improvement through standardized and curriculum based testing formats.

 

--MCA data and scores available for appropriate staff.

-Tutoring sessions and specific classes to improve scores and achievement.

-Attendance at MCA/RtI/NWEA conferences and professional workshops to stay current on changes and most effective teaching practices.

-Continued to combine all scores along with additional resources such as the learning locator number for each student, to enhance learning in conjunction with strong communication among departments, grade levels and administration.

-Continued to maintain Annual Yearly Progress status.

 

           

2013-2014 District Improvement Plan (including Staff Development Goals)

 

1.     Improve student achievement of state and local education standards in all areas of the curriculum.

2.     Improve staff collaboration by implementing new teacher evaluations, peer review models and best practice methods.

3.     Effectively teach and model character building education that addresses harassment and bullying.

4.     Maintain and enhance technological integration within the classroom curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Testing Program

 

The districtÕs current testing program is listed below:

 

            TEST                          GRADE                                  REASON

            NWEA                        Grades 2-10                Achievement and Placement

            MCA II                       Grades 3 - 8                AYP/Academic progress of students

            MCA II                       Grades 5, 8, 11-sci.     Academic progress of students

            MCA II                       Grade 10-reading         AYP/Academic progress of students

            MCA II                       Grade 11-math            AYP/Academic progress of students

            MCA-II/GRAD          Grade 9-writing           Graduation

            MCA-II/GRAD          Grade 10-reading         Graduation

            MCA-II/GRAD          Grade 11-math            Graduation

            Strong II                      Grade 10                     Career Interest Inventory

            PSAT                          Grade 11                     Achievement

            ASVAB                       Grade 11                     Achievement/Career Exploration

            PLAN                         Grade 10                     Achievement / Career Planning

            EXPLORE                  Grade 8                       Achievement / Career Exploration

            ACT/SAT                   Grade 11-12                Distribute information on these tests

            RTI                             Grades K-6                 Early Interven./Benchmark probes

 

 

Advisory Committee 2012

 

Advisory committee membership, selection, and terms are being reviewed and will be revised as recommended by the Board of Education and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

 

Current members of the committee are listed below:

Allen Zenor - Superintendent                                    Janet Maesse – facilitator

Kent Henrickson - Principal                                     Melissa Kossick - facilitator              

Julie Mies - Test Coordinator                                   Rhonda Sweeney - facilitator