Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2011-2012 educational progress for the Northwest Community 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 Cari Bushinski for help if you need assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site www.nwschools.org 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’s Alternative Assessment Program (MI-Access or MEAP-Access)
· Presents achievement data for all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing) compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students
· Provides achievement data for all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing) for students with significant disabilities (MI-Access or MEAP-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
Top to Bottom Ranking – Detail Data and Status
Information used to rank schools is based on the development of the Top to Bottom list of schools and their performance. Each school’s Top to Bottom ranking will be based on student achievement, student growth over time, school improvement over time and achievement gaps across all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing).
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) – Status
AYP Status is based on student participation and proficiency in mathematics and reading. Attendance targets must be met for elementary and middle schools and graduation rate targets must be met for high schools and districts.
Teacher Qualification 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 classes
NAEP 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 2011-2012, Northwest Community Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in Mathematics and reading. All schools in the district also made AYP as well as met attendance and graduation rates.
Northwest Community Schools is proud of the Northwest High School that has been identified as Reward School based on the top 5% of the Top to Bottom ranking based on the following criteria:
· Growth in Student Achievement
· Made AYP
As the District Superintendent, I am very proud to be a part of a district that has emphasized strong academics, improvement and individual student growth. I look forward to the 2012-2013 school year as we work together to continue in the direction of creating a district culture that is both positive and supportive to increasing student achievement.
Mr. Geoff Bontrager ED.S.
View the reports for each building.