March 17, 2017
Dear Parents and Community Members:
I am pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 educational progress for Central Elementary. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact me for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site (www.reeths-puffer.org), or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.
For the 2016-17 year, no new Priority or Focus schools were named; some Priority or Focus schools did exit their status because they met the exit criteria. New Reward schools were identified using school rankings and Beating the Odds information. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving 30% of schools. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Reward school is one that has achieved one or more of the following distinctions: top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings, top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric), or “Beating the Odds” by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no label is given. Central Elementary has not been given a label.
Central Elementary students perform well in the area of reading. In third grade we were 10% above the state average and 16% above the state in 4th grade. In Math, our 3rd grade students were slightly above the state average by 5%, while in fourth grade we outpaced the state average by 18%. Curriculum improvements have been significant, aligning with the rigorous Common Core State Standards. Teachers have been engaged in many hours of professional development to unpack the standards and align them within our curriculum units. Through a multi-tiered approach, struggling students are being identified early and engaged in appropriate interventions. In addition, we really worked to provide rigorous parent involvement opportunities to teach and model instructional strategies so that parents could assist and extend learning opportunities beyond the normal school day and support their children at home.
State law requires that we also report additional information.
- PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL
Residents outside Reeths-Puffer Schools’ attendance area may apply to enroll in the District. Parents may apply for Schools of Choice during an open enrollment period ending the Friday before Memorial Day. When considering student assignments, students are placed based on available space and the best placement to meet their individual needs. We accept students at all grades in all programs.
- THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
The School Improvement Plan is current and was submitted on time to the Michigan Department of Education.
- A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF EACH SPECIALIZED SCHOOL
There are no specialized schools affiliated with Central Elementary.
- IDENTIFY HOW TO ACCESS A COPY OF THE CORE CURRICULUM, A DESCRIPTION OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION, AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE VARIANCES FROM THE STATE’S MODEL
Please visit the District web site for complete information on our Core Curriculum at www.reeths-puffer.org/Our_District/Departments/Curriculum/Curriculum_K12/
- THE AGGREGATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS FOR ANY LOCAL COMPETENCY TESTS OR NATIONALLY NORMED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
See the Annual Education Report accompanying this letter.
- IDENTIFY THE NUMBER AND PERCENT OF STUDENTS REPRESENTED BY PARENTS AT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Conference attendance at Central Elementary is high. For the 2015-16 school year 97% of parents attended Parent/Teacher Conferences. For the 2014-15 school year 94% were in attendance.
The entire teaching staff at Central Elementary are pleased to be serving the students and parents of our school community and we look forward to another successful school year. You may contact our office at (231) 744-1693 for additional information or if you need clarification to questions you might have.
Principal, Central Elementary