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School Improvement Plan

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Transcript of School Improvement Plan

AMO Target Explanation
I'm passing all my classes here because at this school the teachers actually teach and they talk to you like you're a person. (Transfer student, 2014)
School Demographics
2014-2015 school year
Alleghany High School Improvement Team
Our Goal is to R.A.I.S.E. the bar
School Mission Statement
Alleghany High School School Improvement Plan

Areas for Improvement
450 Students
39 Teachers
2 Administrators
11 Support Staff

86% white
14% hispanic
1% black
1% other
12% students with disabilities
50% free/reduced Lunch
Without continual growth and progress, such words as improvement, achievement, and success have no meaning.

AMO Targets Reached
End-of-Course Tests
– Student performance on three end-of-course assessments: English II, Biology and Math I.
The ACT
– The percentage of students meeting the UNC admissions requirement of a composite score of 17.
Graduation Rate
– The percentage of students who graduate in four years or less.
Math Course Rigor
– The percentage of graduates taking and passing high-level math courses such as Algebra II or Math III.
ACT WorkKeys
– For Career and Technical Education concentrators (students who have earned four CTE credits in a career cluster), the percentage of concentrator graduates who were awarded a Silver Level Career Readiness Certificate based on ACT WorkKeys assessments.
Annual Measureable Objectives (AMOs) is defined as a series of performance targets that states, school districts, and specific subgroups within their schools must achieve each year.
Improve Math I proficiency scores in each subgroup by 5% per year until exceeding state average
Increase the percent of students taking Math III by 5% each year until meeting the 95% participation requirement of each subgroup
School Strengths
100% of students eligible to graduate performed senior projects and received passing grades

The latest graduation rate stands at 92.3. (State average 82.5) Our graduation rate consistently exceeds the state average.

Last year, out of 427 students there were only two acts of crime or violence. Acts per 100 students = .48 (state rate 1.34)
We will make it a priority to test 100% of our students in all subgroups on all standardized tests and will not fall below 95% in any subgroup.
The school will begin to perform audits on student transcripts each semester to ensure that all students eligible for standardized tests take the test at the right time. Additionally, we will make tests available for students who are suspended, homebound or medically fragile.
R: Responsibility
A: Accountability
I: Innovation
S: Student Success
E: Ever-Evolving Towards Excellence
The mission of Alleghany High School is to empower students to succeed in the 21st century as socially responsible and globally productive citizens.
Benjamin Franklin
High School AMO Targets
2011 - 13/13 Targets (100%)
2012 - 13/13 Targets (100%)
2013 - 33/41 Targets (80.5%)
2014 - 29/41 Targets (70.7%)


State: 114/210 Targets (54.3%)
41% teachers with advanced degree (27% state)

70% of staff have 10 + years experience (54% state)

9% turn-over rate (16% state)
Math scores did not meet state target for two years in a row
Recent participation targets missed in Work Keys (2014) and ACT (2013)
Not enough students are participating in Math III (less than 95% for past two years)
Tardiness and consequences related to Tardy discipline make up over 60% of our overall discipline.
We will increase number of students scoring silver or higher on the Workkeys, and the number of students who make the minimum standard requirement for admission to the UNC systems by 5% per year
Strategies
Review transcripts of all 11th and 12th grade students in October and February to make sure that every eligible student that qualifies to take the WorkKeys test and ACT tests are listed in the test build.
Increase communication about upcoming test dates using Connect Ed, the newspaper and the website
Ensure alternate testing environments are made available for students that are suspended, medically fragile or homebound
By utilizing the school's individual scheduling process we will better assess students needs and abilities to ensure that 95% of the school, including subgroups, take Math III. This pathway will need to be established with rising 9th graders so that the plans are set prior to 11th grade.
Ensure that 100% of the students attempt Math III prior to establishing an alternate pathway for them.
Provide tutoring for students who are taking Math III and are targeted for additional support.
Create targeted Math III class based on EVAAS projections and teacher recommendation with 10 or less students to adapt learning accordingly.
Strategies
Our plan is to effectively evaluate each student arriving at the high school to determine their math proficiency and place them in either a semester or year long class to help support and build math knowledge prior to the Math I exam at the end of freshmen year. We will also diagnostically evaluate students throughout the course through the use of benchmarking and formative assessments to ensure mastery of the skills needed for Math II.
Create a year long math class that allows students to build math proficiency prior to taking the Math I test.
Use EVAAS student projection numbers for students currently in 8th grade to ensure proper placement in 9th grade Math I class.
Utilize PLATO learning or Study Island as a formative assessment tool to better analyze mastery of Math I concepts.
We will intentionally use our "Lunch and Learn" time to provide targeted instruction to help prepare students for the ACT and WorkKeys test. We will also provide information to parents and students emphasizing how important these tests are for students. We will look for ways to build incentives into the state testing program for students
Provide time in the school day for ACT/WorkKeys Instruction
Poll students to determine a list of incentives that will increase student effort on ACT and Work Keys testing
We will intentionally use our "Lunch and Learn" time to provide targeted instruction to help prepare students for the ACT and WorkKeys test. We will also provide information to parents and students emphasizing how important these tests are for students.
Strategies
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