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Annual Report Card

The State and Federal school accountability laws [1] require the New Hampshire Department of Education to identify for improvement, districts not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the same content area in each level existing within the district (elementary/middle and /or high school).
AYP is a measure that all states use to determine if schools and districts are meeting the high expectations for student performance set forth in state and federal accountability law. These expectations include the percent of students participating in the annual state assessment, the percent of students meeting the state performance targets for reading and mathematics, as well as performance targets for attendance and graduation rates.

Based on a review of the district’s performance data in these areas for the 2010 - 2011 school year, our district was identified as a “District in Need of Improvement” Year 7 in Corrective Action, in the area of mathematics and Year 1 in the area of reading. State and federal school and district accountability laws1 require the New Hampshire Department of Education to identify for improvement districts not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two consecutive years in the same content area in each level existing within the district elementary/middle and high school. Our Corrective Action, required by the NHDOE, is to continue the implementation of curricular based on State and local content and academic achievement standards that includes appropriate, scientific and researched based professional development.
The district’s AYP reports are available on the New Hampshire Department of Education website at www.ed.state.nh.us

District Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Determination

Area

Reading

Mathematics

 

Level

Elementary/
Middle

 

High School

Elementary/
Middle

 

High School

Met Participation Goal

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

 

Yes

Met Index Target

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No

Met Attendance Rate
(ES/MS only)

 

Yes

 

 

Yes

 

Met Graduation Rate
(HS only)

 

 

No*

 

 

No*

 

Made AYP

 

No

 

No

 

No

 

No


*Graduation Rate is based on students who graduate in four years with a high school diploma.  It does not reflect students that take additional time to complete their graduation requirements or students receiving a GED high school equivalency credential. 

The district’s AYP report measures student performance for all students in the grades tested as a group, as well as subgroups of students (i.e. racial and ethnic groups, English language learners, students with educational disabilities, and economically disadvantaged students).  If even one of these groups does not meet their goal, or performance target, then the district will not have made AYP.  (NOTE: Only groups equal to or larger than 11 are counted.) 

As a district that embraces continued and ongoing improvement initiatives, we will continue to:

  • Consult with parents and school staff when writing and revising the District Improvement Plan. The plan explains how the district will use Title 1 and other funds to improve student achievement in the areas identified.
  • Reserve at least 10 percent of its annual Title 1 allocation to provide professional development for teachers and administrators connected to the content areas (reading and math) where the district did not meet its target scores.
  • Continue to provide assistance to any schools within the Rochester School District identified for improvement under NCLB.
  • Continue to revise and align the district curriculum to NH Grade Level Expectations and Grade Span Expectations in reading and math.
  • Continue to provide additional instruction before, during and after school for students not meeting the target performance goals.
  • Analyze multiple sources of assessment data to ensure intervention strategies match students’ needs.
  • Continue to address our improvement goals:

Rochester School District Goals

Develop engaged and passionate learners K – 12.
When all students are engaged, all students are learning!
How do we engage all students?

Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

  • Ensure rigorous and relevant curricula are in place in all content areas to engage all students.  Curricula and instruction will be supported through a professional development structure designed to strengthen curricula and promote highly effective instructional strategies.
  • Ensure that each classroom in the district has a management plan to provide common expectations and consistency for students within each learning environment.
  • Develop and implement service and leadership opportunities for students in grades K – 12.

Culture

  • Develop and implement collaborative structures that focus on student and professional learning.
  • Build a culture where staff and students are empowered to positively impact their own learning and performance.

Accountability

  • Develop and implement an accountability plan, including evaluation tools for attaining district goals.
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