100% Parent Engagement: How We Got It. How It Revolutionized Our School A Workshop Preview Presenter: William S Roulston Presenter: William S Roulston
Granger High School Needed Help Ten years ago, only 10% of parents came to parent conferences. The lack of involvement showed in our results 35% graduation rate Incoming freshmen had WASL scores of 2% in reading and writing, 1% in math. Gang problems led to the highest reported crime rate in the Yakima Valley
Then we had a drastic change We were: named the Model High School for Washington State in 2004 & 2006 named a National Showcase High School in 2007 & 2008 Our graduation rate improved to 90% Our crime rate dropped to the lowest in the Yakima Valley
Our Academic Achievement Soared Class of 2003 as 7t h Our incoming Gr ader s freshmen in 1999 had 50 the scores shown at 40 right when they took the WASL as 7th 30 graders. 20 Advance the slide to 10 2.1 2.1 see their growth 0 Reading Writ ing
Our Academic Achievement Class of 2003 WASL It’s hard to turn Per for m ance around high school 50 students with chronic 40 failure syndrome, but 7t h we began to make 30 20 grade progress. 20 10t h 11 grade Advance slide to see 10 2.1 2.1 growth over time. 0 Reading Writ ing
Our Academic Achievement Class of 2004 WASL This is the class of Per for m ance 2004 50 40 34 30 7t h 23 grade 20 10t h 10 grade 10 7 0 Reading Writ ing
Our Academic Achievement Class of 2005 WASL This is the class of Per for m ance 2005. Notice that this 50 was the first class 38 37 40 who were tested as 4th 4t h grade graders. 30 7t h 20 15 grade 12 10 10 10t h 11 grade 0 Reading Writ ing
Our Academic Achievement The pattern over time became clear. Our students continued to arrive with poor skills. In the first two years of high school, they drastically improved.
Turnaround School Performance on Washington Assessment of Student Learning: Reading Scores 100Percent Meeting Standard 77 77 80 69 61 60 4th Grade 47 7th Grade 38 38 40 34 32 30 10th Grade 20 21 21 18 20 20 12 16 11 10 11 8 2 0 *2003 *2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 A comparison of reading scores between graduating classes from 2003-2010
Our scores went even higher The previous charts show the performance of our sophomores. As the WASL graduation requirement for the class of 2008 approached, juniors and seniors continued to improve until the last couple of classes moved the percentage meeting standard up to the 80-90% range (including retakes)
Percentage of Class of 2008 meeting state standards at the 4th, 7th, 10th & 12th grades. 100 89* 87* 4th Grade (2000)Percent Meeting 80 69 67 7th Grade (2003) Standard 10th Grade (2006) 60 12th Grade (2008) 40 30 21 20 6 17 0 Reading Writing *this is the total percentage of students in the class w ho m et the proficiency standards by passing the WASL in 2006, 2007 or 2008 and w ere thus eligible for a high school diplom a if they had also m et credit requirem ents
Coincidence or Correlation?•Beginning with the Spring 2002 conference and continuingthrough Spring 0f 2008, 100% of parents attendedconferences twice a year.•We did many things to improve, but engaged parents wasprobably the most important.
Our Response to Parent Engagement Was Systematic Couldn’t recruit better parents; had to make the parents we had better. We had to use a holistic approach that dealt with real-world problems our students faced. Bottom line: we had to build a cooperative team between teachers, students and parents that would accept no excuses when it came to better student achievement.
It All Started With A Tragedy Our transformation was inspired by a tragic event that our principal, Ricardo LeBlanc-Esparza, experienced. The story of the mom who did her best and how her best was not good enough.
Ricardo’s Revolutionary Idea Ricardo had a brilliant insight into how impoverished & minority parents could become more effective teammates, partnering with our school to help their students learn more. The story of what Ricardo’s parents did to help him escape the cycle of poverty that he grew up in.
The rest of the story The rest of the presentation details The way we changed our system The core beliefs that made it work How our practices were different from most schools.
Different formats of this presentation This presentation can be given as A one-hour awareness overview to a school staff or administrative teams A three-hour overview for awareness and exploration of staff interest in further training An all-day workshop for schools to consider adopting the model and begin the planning process A 30-60 minute speech to conferences, parent & community groups or whole districts School & District-level consultation available on how to replicate our systems.
About the Presenter Teacher English/Spanish/ESL grades 6-12 Consultant/staff developer in Migrant Ed at ESD 105 in Yakima Developer of Second Shot Reading Trainer & classroom teacher at Granger High School. Participated in the parent engagement turnaround Co-author of Solution Tree Press book Breaking the Poverty Barrier
For more information Contact Will Roulston firstname.lastname@example.org 732-595-7323