October 28, 2015
The purpose of this letter is to inform you that according to 2014-2015 state student assessment results Rushville Elementary School is in Year 2 of Title I School Improvement for the 2015-2016 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Schools are expected to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward that goal. The state goal for last year was to have 100% of all students in grades 3-8, & 11, be proficient on the state reading and math standards. This letter is to provide you with notice that once a school has been identified as such, the school is required by Federal law to provide notice to parents of the information included in this letter. Rushville Elementary School (RES) has not met that goal for the last two years in Reading and Math. Additional information about how our school compared to other schools in the state is available on the State of the Schools Report on the Nebraska Department of Education web site at: http://www.education.ne.gov/documents/SOSR.html. The Letter from the Commissioner of Education of Nebraska is also included.
The results from the Rushville Elementary School’s assessments for the 2014-2015 school year indicated that students did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the subject area of Reading and Math. Below is a chart of the last 4 years proficiency scores in Reading and Math for all students Grades 3-5. The chart shows that Rushville Elementary exceeds the state average in Reading and Math scores for the combined grade range (3-5) for last year.
810 North Oak St. Gordon, NE 69343 (308) 282-1322
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The state standard requirement is 100% mastery. As the Commissioner stated in a news release October 16, 2015,
“The Nebraska Department of Education does not agree with the current, outdated, federal policy. ‘The federal expectation of 100 percent of our students scoring proficient in reading and mathematics is unrealistic,’ Blomstedt said. ‘I do not believe that all of our schools are low performing. Common sense tells us that one child in one grade in one subject area scoring just below a ‘proficiency cut score’ should not brand an entire school as failing.’”
Rushville Elementary is not a failing school and the increase in Reading proficiency scores over the past 4 years is testament to the hard work of the staff, students and parents. There was a slight drop in Math proficiency scores this past year, but the overall trend in Math is an increase in proficiency.
Nebraska schools’ proficiencies are located on the following website at the Nebraska Department of
Education, http://reportcard.education.ne.gov/pg_FederalAccount_AYP_State.aspx?GradeLevel=04&AgencyID=00 -0000-000. This link directs you to the Elementary state proficiency scores for the year 2014-15.
Two years of successful performance are necessary to be removed from underperforming in the AYP requirements. Due to the test results from 2013-2014 and 2014-15 of not meeting AYP requirements, Rushville Elementary is listed as a Title I Needs Improvement school and is currently in Year 2.
The Gordon-Rushville School District desires to teach all students the necessary skills to allow them to find success in their chosen fields after school. The district and staff will continue to gather data on student performance with the goal of using the data to better prepare our students for life beyond school and to improve student learning in the school. Rushville Elementary staff use test scores from AIMSWeb, NWEA MAPS and NeSA during our Muli-tiered Systems of Support meetings to determine students who need interventions in Reading and Math. Intervention groups are formed according to this data. Rushville Elementary will encourage improvement efforts by assisting in the delivery of instruction with rigor and relevance for the students.
Specific programs include:
Assessment Literacy training (for staff)
Curriculum Alignment (for staff and administrators)
Differentiated Instruction (for staff)
District continuity in curriculum and instruction (for staff and administrators)
Educational Goal Setting (for students)
Measures of Academic Progress (MAPs) & DesCartes: A Continuum of Learning
Reading and Math interventions (for low performing students)
Student grouping to allow for instruction remediation and advancement
Title I School Wide (to assist in student learning)
Trainings and materials to ensure reading comprehension (all subjects areas for students and teachers)
Tutoring (student assistance after school)
Additional programs of assistance are being considered that include:
We want all our students to succeed and ask that you be involved by offering your suggestions to the above lists and working with your children to improve student learning and achievement.
The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act also requires each school identified for Title I School Improvement to offer Public School choice to all students who attend the identified school. There are no Elementary schools in Gordon- Rushville Public Schools that are not “In Needs of Improvement” for parents to choose for their child to attend.
This identification also requires Rushville Elementary School to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to eligible students (students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program). A list of SES providers that have been approved by the State Department of Education that could provide tutoring services for your child is available at the school office or on the school website http://grmustangs.org. Parents who choose to have their children participate in SES are asked to contact the Rushville Elementary School office at (308) 327-2448 by December 30 to enroll. A second enrollment window will be offered later in the school year. Once notice has been received, we will make enrollment arrangements as quickly as possible and will notify parents upon approval.
We thank you for your support and join with you in desiring the best education for all our students. Every student will benefit from parents being involved in many ways. Asking questions, having students read aloud, and setting aside a time and place for homework are only a few of the things that you can do. Your child’s teacher can give you additional strategies to work on at home. Student achievement is a partnership between school and home and a strong partnership has been proven to be effective in helping student achievement. We believe that working in cooperation with you will bring the desired outcome of preparing our students for success in their futures.
This December the Nebraska Department of Education will be releasing the rating of all school buildings, including Rushville Elementary on the new AQuESTT rating scale. In the news release of October 16, 2015 Dr. Blomstedt said,
“Under AQuESTT, schools and districts will be classified in one of four performance levels.
Six tenets are at the core of AQuESTT: 1) Student Success and Access 2) Transitions 3) Educational Opportunities and Access 4) College and Career Ready 5) Assessment, and 6) Educator Effectiveness. For detailed information on AQuESTT and these tenets, see http://aquestt.com.
While AQuESTT results are not included in the State of the Schools Report, data found in this report will be a key component of AQuESTT classifications, which integrate components of accountability, including performance on state tests and graduation rates as well as school and district accreditation, college and career ready education and the effective use of data into a system.”
Watch the District website http://grmustangs.org or AQuESTT website http://aquestt.com for information on this rating for Gordon-Rushville Public Schools, including Rushville Elementary in December.
Rushville Elementary, Principal