Political leaders who joined with the president in overwhelming support of the enactment of NCLB believed that they knew what had to be done in the schools and classrooms in order to improve the learning of ALL students. So, in an attempt to legislate teaching and learning, strategies were mandated, such as the regular assessment of student progress through standardized tests (the SOLs), and the insistence that instructional methods that are proven to be effective by scientific research be used. Schools that followed these mandates, yet failed to demonstrate improvement faced punishing sanctions.
The Act has admirable goals, which we will review, but NCLB has not met without resistance from key stakeholders, particularly parents who began to question the impact that the new standards and high-stakes testing had on the daily experience of students in schools.
The No Child Left Behind Act has the following five performance goals for states. READ SLIDE As you can see, the key and controversial phrase here is ALL STUDENTS. Address #1 with audience: Going back to number 1, 2013 is right around the corner. How many of you have seen newspaper articles lately, or heard on the news, about the reauthorization of NCLB? Just recently The Virginian-Pilot ran an article on President Obama’s plan to let states apply for waivers to NCLB requirements. 45 states have sought waivers, including Virginia. The article stated that “Nearly everyone agrees that the fix needs fixing. The law that was supposed to improve American education has left schools grumbling at being labeled failures, state officials fuming, and complaints everywhere about required testing.” So with the reauthorization coming due, it will be interesting to see how the federal government responds.
AYP has been identified as one of the sources of controversy surrounding NCLB. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) requires states to set annual measurable objectives of proficiency in reading and mathematics, participation in testing, and graduation and attendance. These objectives are in addition to the high standards for learning and achievement required under Virginia's Standards of Learning (SOL) program. Schools and school divisions that meet the annual objectives required by the federal education law are considered to have made adequately yearly progress (AYP) toward the goal of 100 percent proficiency of all students in reading and mathematics by 2014.
2011-2012 AYP ratings are based on student achievement during the 2010-2011 school year. AYP subgroups include white, black, Hispanic, students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged students, and students with limited-English proficiency.
According to the Virginia Department of Education, 701 schools in the state of Virginia met the requirements for AYP. Indian Lakes Elementary was one of those schools. As you can see from the chart not all schools or divisions have been successful.
Compass to 2015 is a current initiative established in Virginia Beach City Public Schools to help our students meet the requirements of NCLB. You can see the desired outcomes for our students on this slide. They will be…
Compass to 2015 is broken down into 5 strategic objectives. Objective 1 focuses on engaging students in meaningful assignments to help them be self directed learners.
Objective 2 focuses on a balanced assessment system. Students should not only be tested about their knowledge at the end of a unit, but before, during, and after the unit or lesson. We will look at this more in depth later in the presentation.
Objective 3 focuses on closing the gap across subgroups including African American males, special education students, and students who receive free/reduced lunch.
Objective 4 focuses on the relationships between schools and parents, including community members. Indian Lakes has a strong Partners in Education program and PTA.
Objective 5 focuses on the resources available to students and teachers to enhance learning.
Along with Compass to 2015, schools have been surveyed to see where their strengths are. Please take a moment to read the definition of a vanguard school. (pause) A vanguard school is defined as a “model school” in one of the three following areas: technology, response to intervention, and balanced assessment. Balanced assessment is the focus of Indian Lakes this year. We will discuss each area in depth on the following slides.
Using technology in the classroom has proved to be an excellent tool to engage learners. Indian Lakes has interactive, promethean boards installed in each classroom. We have begun using iPads in some classrooms for learning support and enrichment, and Activ Voters are being used this year as a form of assessment.
Response to Intervention, RTI for short, allows teachers to assess each student, based on individual needs. If the students are struggling or excelling, those areas can be targeted. Some examples present at Indian Lakes include SST, behavior intervention plans, modified shortened assignments, and gifted referrals.
Balanced assessment is the final area where schools may strive towards becoming a vanguard school. Share excerpt from “Education Transformers in Action.” There are 3 types of assessment. Diagnostic occurs before the learning takes place. An example is a pretest or a survey. Formative assessment takes place throughout a lesson or unit to guide teaching and learning. Some examples include exit cards, and observations. Lastly, summative assessments occur at the end of a unit, and some examples include tests, projects, or the SOLs.
(Wrap up) Thank you for coming!
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A Brief Overview
No Child Left Behind
Compass to 2015
Vanguard Balanced Assessment
No Child Left Behind(NCLB)
The No Child Left Behind
Act of 2001 (NCLB) was
signed into law by
It is historic educational
reform enacted at the
federal level for the
purpose of improving
performance of ALL
The Act was designed
to close the
majority and the lower
No Child Left Behind(NCLB)
1. By 2013-2014, all students will reach high standards, at
a minimum attaining proficiency or better in reading
2. All limited English proficient students will become
proficient in English and reach high academic
standards, at a minimum attaining proficiency or
better in reading and mathematics.
3. By 2005-2006, all students will be taught by highly
4. All students will be educated in learning environments
that are safe, drug free, and conducive to learning.
5. All students will graduate from high school.
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Adequate Yearly Progress, or AYP, is a
measurement defined by the United States
federal No Child Left Behind Act that allows
the U.S. Department of Education to
determine how every public school and
school district in the country is performing
academically according to results on
Key Points to Consider
For a Virginia school to make AYP,
more than 86 percent of students overall and students
in all subgroups must have demonstrated proficiency in
more than 85 percent of students overall and in all
subgroups must have demonstrated proficiency in
it must exceed separate requirements and objectives.
A school or school division that falls short on a single
requirement or objective is not considered to have
2011 – 2012 AYP Ratings (VDOE)
Made AYP Did Not
Updated August 26, 2011
Indian Lakes Elementary School
Compass to 2015
A Strategic Plan for Student Success
All VBCPS students will
Effective communicators and
Globally aware, independent,
responsible learners and
Critical and creative thinkers,
innovators and problem
Strategic Objective # 1
All teachers will engage
every student in
and rigorous work
through the use of
practices and supportive
technologies that will
motivate students to be
Strategic Objective # 2
VBCPS will develop and
implement a balanced
assessment system that
and mastery of VBCPS
outcomes for student
Strategic Objective # 3
Each school will improve
achievement for all
students while closing
achievement gaps for
groups, with particular
focus on African
Strategic Objective # 4
VBCPS will create
opportunities for parents,
community and business
leaders to fulfill their
essential roles as actively
engaged partners in
achievement and outcomes
for student success.
Strategic Objective # 5
VBCPS will be accountable
for developing essential
leader, teacher and staff
optimizing all resources to
achieve the school
division’s strategic goal and
outcomes for student
Vanguard Schools Initiative
What is a “Vanguard School?”
The Vanguard Schools Initiative focuses on school reform
efforts that have demonstrated success in overcoming the
challenges associated with raising student achievement
scores. Emphasis is on specific, effective school improvement
strategies such as the following:
Response to Intervention
Balanced Assessment (Indian Lakes)
In an effort to prepare our students to be 21st Century
learners, technology must play a significant role in our
Response to Intervention
Response to Invention (RTI)
Evaluate the needs of students
Identify those students who are struggling or excelling
Create targeted interventions plans to guide them
Examples: Student Support Team (SST), Behavior
Intervention Plan (BIP), Phonological Awareness Literacy
Diagnostic Formative Summative
**The goal is
not to be
at the end of
Indian Lakes Elementary
The mission of Indian Lakes Elementary School is
to engage students in learning experiences that
result in meeting or exceeding grade level
standards. We will work collaboratively with
colleagues, students, parents, and the community
to ensure success for all students.