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Leland & Gray Players receive regional award

TOWNSHEND >> By chance, a judge for the New England Theatre Conference attended a 2013 production of Guys and Dolls by the Leland & Gray Players in Townshend.

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Letter to Parents Regarding No Child Left Behind Educational Options

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Approved SES Vendor List

August 14, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are dedicated to providing all students with the educational foundation necessary to succeed in school and in life. To ensure the success of all students, the U.S. Department of Education, the State of Vermont, and Leland and Gray have set high standards that are reflected in what is taught in our classrooms. The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law requires that adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading, writing, mathematics, and science be assessed annually in every public school in the country. Last spring Vermont began administering the Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium (SBAC) exams for gr. 3-8 and 11 in reading, writing, and mathematics. Last May, the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) tested 4th, 8th, and 11th graders in science.

Every year in August, the Vermont Agency of Education announces the progress of every school. According to NCLB policies, nearly every school in Vermont does not make AYP and is in “Need of Improvement.” As a result, each school must implement an Improvement Plan, which can be found at www.lelandandgray.org. As many of you know, Leland and Gray has taken significant steps in training and supporting teachers to instruct writing in every subject area based on the new Common Core State Standards. In that way, students’ learning in the arts, physical education, and other areas essential to students’ full development and preparation for college and career are continually enriched by literacy and other critical thinking skills, rather than diminished. Not making AYP requires Leland and Gray to inform parents/guardians of our school’s status and our next steps:

1.The L&G community will review students’ annual performance on the SBAC and NECAP examinations in comparison to the state average (last spring’s SBAC exam results will be released by the VT Agency of Education in late August and posted on the school website).

2.The L&G administration will work with WCSU educators to improve students’ academic performance.

3.L&G will continue offering learning supports, including tutoring before and after school, math and English interventions, academic support courses, and HEY programs after-school and in summer.

4.Parents/guardians whose children are eligible for free meals may choose additional “supplemental educational services.” These SES programs are free learning supports provided outside of L&G, tailored to students’ math and literacy needs, by providers approved by the State of Vermont. Parents choose their preferred provider from the accompanying list. The deadline for requesting SES services is Friday, October 2, 2015. Please be aware there is a maximum funding allotment for each student’s service. If you are interested in your student participating in an SES program, please contact Terry Davison-Berger at 365-7355 or tdavison-beger@lelandandgray.org. L&G does not provide transportation to SES services.

5.Limited school choice may be available to students in grades 7 and 8 within the supervisory union. Please contact the WCSU Superintendent, Dr. Steven John, for details.

6.You are encouraged to attend the Parent Advisory Group, which meets on the third Tuesday of each month in the library at 7-8 pm. In this forum, you can provide input on academic life and school climate matters. Please join our lively conversation and make L&G the best for everyone!

We will continue to communicate with you throughout the year regarding the school improvement efforts underway. Please look for updates in Monday Notes, the newsletter, and on the school website. Thank you for all your support.

Sincerely yours,

 

Dorinne Dorfman, Principal Melanie Zwolinski, Director of Student Services
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Leland & Gray Union Middle & High School

Analysis of the Fall 2012 NECAP Scores

4: Achieved proficiency with distinction

3: Achieved proficiency       

2: Partially proficient

1: Substantially below proficient

Gender Gap: Females outperforming males, unless otherwise indicated

SES: Socioeconomic status: Students eligible for free/reduced meals

IEP: Individual Education Plan: Students eligible for special education

Strength: Above state average

Weakness: Below state average

 

Demographical Notes:

19% of 11th graders and 34% of 8th graders are students eligible for free/reduced-priced meals (SES).

52% of 11th graders and 8th graders are male.

18% of 11th graders and 11% of 8th graders are eligible for special education (IEP).

Reading

Grade 11 – Class of 2014       Target: 70% Proficiency

71% of L&G students achieved proficiency, 3 percentage points below the state average of 74%.

22% earned a 4.           49% earned a 3.                       25% earned a 2.           3% earned a 1.

Weakness: Word Identification and Vocabulary, Type of Text – Literary and Informational, Comprehension – Initial Understanding

Strength: Analysis and interpretation

Gender: Males 67%      Females 77%    (state: 69% and 79%)

SES: 75%         Non-SES: 71%             (state: 60% and 81%)

IEP: 27%         Non-IEP: 81%             (state: 20% and 82%)

Past L&G classes achieving proficiency: Fall 2008: 59%                      Fall 2009: 60%                        Fall 2010: 69%            Fall 2011: 64%

 

Observations in Grade 11 Reading

  • For the first time, L&G juniors exceeded the target for reading. The percentage of juniors meeting proficiency increased by 7% over last year's class.
  • The 10-point difference in gender mirrors the state average of 10 points. Last year the L&G gender gap was 14%.
  • L&G girls performed 2 percentage points lower than the state average for girls, and 4 percentage points higher than last year's class. The gap between L&G girls and the state average decreased by 2 percentage points.
  • L&G boys performed 2 percentage points lower than the state average for boys. They performed 7 percentage points higher than last year's class. From last year to this year, the gap between L&G boys and the state average shrunk by 4 percentage points.
  • SES students scored 15 percentage points higher than the state average, and 36 percentage points higher than last year's SES L&G students. In 2010 and 2011, SES students performed 16 and 26 points lower than the state average, respectively. For the first time in three years at Leland and Gray, more SES students achieved proficiency that non-SES students in any state exam.
  • This year juniors demonstrated the highest performance in reading in the past 5 years.
  • Disaggregated by IEP eligibility, IEP L&G students performed higher than the state average by 7 points.      
  • Juniors have reduced the gap in reading between Leland and Gray and the state average by 5 percentage points, from 8 to 3 points.

 

 

Grade 8 – Class of 2017         Target: 85% Proficiency

80% of L&G students achieved proficiency, the same as the state average of 80%.

21% earned a 4.                       59% earned a 3.                       14% earned a 2.           5% earned a 1.

Weakness: Type of Text – Literary and Informational, Comprehension –Initial Understanding and Analysis and Comprehension, Word Identification and Vocabulary

Strength: None at or above the state average

Gender: Males 72%      Females 89%    (state: 75% and 86%)

SES: 74%         Non-SES: 83%             (state: 67% and 88%)

IEP: Not available for fall 2012

Past L&G classes achieving proficiency: Fall 2008: 73%                      Fall 2009: 80%                        Fall 2010: 65%            Fall 2011: 67%

 

Observations in Grade 8 Reading

  • L&G 8th graders increased their performance by 13 percentage points over last year.
  • Girls increased substantially, increasing 39 percentage points over last year's girls. Girls' performance exceeds the state average by 3 percentage points. Boys declined 8 percentage points, and scored 3 percentage points lower than the state average. In 2011, boys' scores were exceptionally high at 80%.
  • SES students scored 7 percentage points higher than the state average. Last year this was 12 points.
  • L&G 8th graders have a 9-percentage-point gap in SES, compared to the state average of 21 points.
  • The 2012 8th grade reading score ties with 2009 for the highest in past 5 years.

Observations of Middle and High School Reading Performance

  • Reading scores have improved for both grade levels, though 8th graders outperformed juniors by 9 percentage points.
  • Both 8th and 11th graders have reduced the gap with the state average.
  • L&G girls in both grade levels achieved or outperformed the state average for females.

 

Mathematics

Grade 11 – Class of 2014       Target: 40% Proficiency

33% of L&G students achieved proficiency, below the state average of 38%.

3% (2 students) earned a 4.      30% earned a 3.                       37% earned a 2.           30% earned a 1.

Strength: None at or above the state average

Weakness: Numbers and Operations, Geometry and Measurement, Functions and Algebra, Data, Statistics, and Probability

Gender: Males 30%      Females 36%    (state 39% and 38%)

SES:     8% (1 student) Non-SES: 39% (state: 21% and 47%)

IEP:     9% (1 student) Non-IEP: 39% (state: 3% and 44%)

Past L&G classes achieving proficiency:          Fall 2008: 42%                        Fall 2009: 32%                                    Fall 2010: 44%                        Fall 2011: 34%

 

Observations in Grade 11 Mathematics

  • Last year's 11-percentage point gender gap of boys outperforming girls was eliminated this year, with girls outperforming boys by 6 percentage points.
  • SES students scored exceptionally low, with just one student meeting proficiency. Last year's SES students scored 9 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • 33% overall achievement is the second lowest score in the last 5 years.

 

 

Grade 8 – Class of 2017         Target: 80% Proficiency

68% of L&G students achieved proficiency, above the state average of 64%.

16% earned a 4.           52% earned a 3.                       9% earned a 2.                         23% earned a 1.

Strength: Geometry and Measurement

Weakness: Numbers and Operations, Data, Statistics, and Probability, Functions and Algebra

Gender: Males 58%      Females 78%    (state: 62% and 67%)

SES:     64%     Non-SES: 70%             (state: 47% and 75%)

IEP: Not available for fall 2012

Past L&G classes achieving proficiency:          Fall 2008: 76%                        Fall 2009: 64%                                    Fall 2010: 61%                        Fall 2011: 61%

Observations in Grade 8 Mathematics

  • Girls outperformed boys by 20 percentage points, compared to the state gender gap of 5 points. Girls outperformed the state average for females by 11 percentage points.
  • SES students performed 17 percentage points higher than the state average.
  • There is an 6-percentage point gap in SES, compared to state average of 28 points.
  • This year's performance is the second highest over the past 5 years.

Observations of Middle and High School Mathematics Performance

  • Math scores overall decrease by 35 percentage points from grade 8 to 11. In 2011 and 2010, this was 27 and 17 points, respectively.

 

Writing

Grade 11 – Class of 2014      Target: 60% Proficiency

33% of L&G students achieved proficiency, below the state average of 47%.

3% (2 students) earned a 4.      30% earned a 3.                       59% earned a 2.           8% earned a 1.

Strength: Procedure Essay

Weakness: Response to Literary Text, Reflective Essay

Gender:                        Males 18%       Females 50%    (state: 38% and 55%)

SES: 17%         Non-SES: 37%                         (state: 31% and 54%)

IEP: 9% (1 student)     Non-IEP: 39%             (state: 5% and 52%)

Past L&G classes achieving proficiency: Fall 2008: 41%                      Fall 2009: 36%                        Fall 2010: 45%            Fall 2011: 27%

Observations in Grade 11 Writing

  • Girls achieved proficiency nearly three times the rate of boys, 50% to 18%. Last year, girls performed particularly low, but this year's performance of girls returns to previous years' levels.
  • SES students improved over last year, from 6% to 17% meeting proficiency, though still performing at about half the rate of the state average.
  • There is a 20-percentage point gap in SES at L&G. In 2011 and 2010, this was 30 and 14 percentage points, respectively.
  • 2012 juniors were the second lowest performers in writing in 5 years. 2011 juniors were the lowest.

 

Grade 8 – Class of 2017        Target: 70% Proficiency

65% of L&G students achieved proficiency, below the state average of 66%.

11% earned a 4.           54% earned a 3.                       20% earned a 2.           16% earned a 1.

Strength: None at or above the state average

Weakness: Multiple-choice Questions, Short Responses, Extended Response

Gender: Males 38%      Females 92%    (state: 53% and 80%)

SES: 53%         Non-SES: 70%             (state: 50% and 75%)

IEP: Not available


Past L&G classes achieving proficiency: Fall 2008: 52%   Fall 2009: N/A       Fall 2010: 58% Fall 2011: 31%


Observations in Grade 8 Writing

  • Last year's 8th grade scores were exceptionally low. This year's 8th graders have the highest percentage meeting proficiency in the past 5 years.
  • There is a 54-percentage point gap in gender, compared to the state average of 27 percentage points. Last year, L&G's gender gap was 4 percentage points. Girls performed exceptionally well this year, exceeding the state average by 12 percentage points.
  • SES students scored 3 percentage points higher than the state average. Last year this was 27 points, though in 2010 this was 5 points as well.
  • L&G's gap in SES is 17 percentage points, compared to the state average of 25 points. This has been similar to the state's gap over the past two years.

Observations of Middle and High School Writing Performance

  • In both 8th and 11th grade, girls outperformed boys by more than 2 to 1.
  • Fewer than 40% of L&G boys passed the writing exam.
  • While the juniors dropped to their lowest score in 5 years, the 8th graders jumped to their highest.

Overall Leland and Gray Student Performance on the 2012 NECAP Examinations

  • L&G's 8th grade girls have demonstrated exceptional achievement. In reading, they exceeded the girls' state average. In math, they outperformed the girls' state average by 11 percentage points. In writing, they outperformed the girls' state average by 12 percentage points.
  • As a whole, L&G students have a smaller achievement gap between SES and non-SES students than the state average. The one exception is 11th grade math, in which the SES gap at L&G was wider.
  • For the first time, 11th graders exceeded the target in reading. While the other 5 targets were not met, in 4 areas achievement increased over last year. Achievement levels in 8th grade reading and writing were just 5 percentage points below our targets. Only in 11th grade mathematics did scores decline slightly from last year.

 

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