District Annual Education Report - AER
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2010-2011 educational progress for the Homer community School District and our schools. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and some requirements of state laws; however, our staff is available to help you understand this information. Please contact Geoff Howe, district curriculum director for help if you need assistance.
The AER is available for you to review by visiting the links listed below, or you may review a copy in the principal’s office at your child’s school.
The report contains the following information:Student Assessment Data − Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), Michigan Merit Exam (MME), and Michigan’sAlternative Assessment Program (MI-Access)
• Presents achievement data for English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8 (MEAP), for grade 11 (MME) and science for grades 5 and 8 compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students.
• Provides achievement data for English language arts, mathematics and science for students with significant disabilities (MI-Access) compared to targets for all students with disabilities as well as subgroups of students.
• Helps readers understand achievement progress within schools and compare these to district and state achievement.
Homer Community Schools . . . The Destination District Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Detailed data and status provides information from assessments, graduation and attendance rates and AYP status in relation to four criteria:
• The district must test 95% of students in total and in each required subgroup.
• The district must attain achievement goals in English language arts and mathematics or reduce the percentage of students in the nonproficient category of achievement significantly ("safe harbor") annually.
• The district must attain achievement goals for each subgroup that has at least 30 students in the group.
• The district must meet or exceed the other academic indicators set by the state: graduation rate for high schools and attendance rate for elementary and middle schools.
Teacher Quality Data
• Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels.
• Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers not considered highly qualified to teach such classesNAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress).
• Provides state results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8.
• Cannot be compared with MEAP results for grades 4 and 8 because there are no national standards.
For 2010-2011, the Homer Community School district made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in English language arts and mathematics; however, all schools in the district did not make AYP. Below you will find a list of the schools not making AYP, the reasons for not making AYP and a summary of the actions underway to improve. The principal has a letter and school specific AER that will help answer your questions.
These are also posted on the district and school web sites.
Reason(s) for not making AYP
Key actions underway to address the Issues:
Economically disadvantaged student subgroup did not meet cut score on mathematics Michigan Merit Exam. The high school will partner with the Calhoun Intermediate School district to identify specific standards and measure student progress throughout the 2011-12 school year.
I would like to formally congratulate the students and staff on attaining district AYP during the 2010-11 school year. School improvement is a continuous process in which the staff at Homer Community Schools works toward each year. The education of our students is the first priority of our school district and the entire staff takes accountability for student success.
To view other documents associated with the Annual Education Report, please visit the links below.
Robert A. Ridgeway