District 911 shows growth toward Adequate Yearly Progress

Rachel Kytonen

rachel.kytonen@ecm-inc.com

Susan Burris, director of teaching and learning for the Cambridge-Isanti School District, said the district is making growth in regard to Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), but it still has work to do.

During the school board meeting Thursday, Oct. 20, Burris said the district has made some growth in regard to AYP, while in some areas the district did not improve. Burris said AYP is part of the No Child Left Behind federal education initiative.

In a brief presentation to the board, Burris gave a rundown by school buildings in regard to AYP.

She explained four areas determine AYP including participation, proficiency, attendance and graduation rate. Safe Harbor means the school is showing growth toward making AYP.

Burris noted highlights from the 2011 results show that Cambridge-Isanti High School students made AYP or Safe Harbor in math; all students made AYP at Isanti Primary and Isanti Intermediate in reading; all School For All Seasons students made AYP in reading and math; and all Isanti Middle students made AYP or Safe Harbor in reading and math.

As a district, regarding reading results, Special Education made Safe Harbor (SH), American Indian missed SH (missed SH by 10.64 IP), and all students missed SH (missed SH by .01 IP). Burris explained IP stands for Index Point and is based on a scale of 100, meaning 100 students.

As a district, regarding math results, American Indian did not make AYP (missed SH by 14.67 IP), Hispanic made AYP, and Special Education did not make AYP (missed SH by 11.21 IP).

The following is a breakdown by school building:

Cambridge Primary (Reading Results) – Special Education did not make AYP (missed SH by 2.84 IP). Free and reduced lunch did not make AYP. (missed SH by 1.3 IP.)

Cambridge Intermediate (Reading Results) – Special Education did not make AYP (missed SH by 1.75 IP). Free and reduced lunch did not make AYP. (missed SH by 1.3 IP.)

Isanti Primary (Reading & Math Results) – Reading – All students made AYP. Special Education did not make AYP. (missed SH by 6.63 IP). Math – Special Education did not make AYP. (missed SH by 18.24 IP).

Isanti Intermediate (Reading & Math Results) – Reading – All students made AYP. Special Education did not make AYP. (missed SH by 6.63 IP). Math – Special Education did not make AYP. (missed SH by 18.24 IP).

School For All Seasons (Reading & Math Results) – Made AYP in all areas and all subgroups.

Cambridge Middle (Reading & Math Results) – Reading – Special Education did not make AYP. (missed SH by 2.32 IP). Free and reduced lunch did not make AYP (missed SH by 2.48 IP). Math – Special Education did not make AYP. (missed SH by 5.28 IP).

Isanti Middle – Made AYP or Safe Harbor in reading and math in all areas and with all groups.

Minnesota Center – Reading Results – All students did not make AYP (missed SH by 2.34 IP). White students did not make AYP (missed SH by 1.66 IP).

Cambridge – Isanti High School – Made SH or AYP in math in all areas and with all groups.

Burris was excited in the fact that the high school made SH and AYP in all areas and groups, and noted it took over two years for the high school to get to this point of success.

“We had a lot of dedication, as well as a lot of frustration because we had to make a lot of changes, but this is what happened,” Burris said. “Kudos to the high school because this is a huge positive for the district.”

Burris explained next steps for the district include data retreats in each school building; district and school improvement plans are due Dec. 30; and schedule a school board study session to further review data and school improvement efforts for the entire district.

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