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School Improvement

Teresa Frields, M.Ed.
Educational Diagnostician 
Director of Assessment & Curriculum
School Improvement Chair
tfrields@nebcityps.org

2016-2017

The District's Mission Statement:


                                            Giving our Best ...
  
         
                       


                                                                                                                                ...Growing Success!

The Mission Statement serves as a reminder 
that through careful and appropriate curriculum, assessment and instruction, 
Nebraska City Public School Educators offer quality educational experiences 
for ALL students.




    Statements of Belief: We believe all students will:

Be safe, respectful, and responsible citizens
Thrive in a culturally diverse environment
Learn through cooperative efforts
Think and solve problems critically and creatively
Become technologically proficient
Develop visionary thinking
Be life-long learners
District Academic Goal:
All Students will increase Reading and Math Skills across content areas.

District Behavior Goal: 
All Students will Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible!

A Data-driven System is a process that allows all students equal opportunity to demonstrate what they have been taught and be able to do. The Nebraska City Public Schools exhibit a dedicated commitment to using data to support a continuous and informative process for the improvement of student learning. The School Improvement Process is a reflection of the commitment Nebraska City Public Schools has to ensure growth and change for the sole purpose of increasing student learning.  

As a district, we participate in systematic and systemic school improvement as established in state accreditation requirements (Rule 10). All schools follow the AdvancED Model for School Improvement and have achieved accreditation. The district has a School Improvement Plan that includes district level goals for increasing student achievement and improving instruction and behavior goals to ensure a safe and respectable environment for all learners. Implementation and review of local standards for learning, behavior data reviews, gathering of information about student performance, and reporting of progress (standards, assessment, and accountability activities) have become an integral part of the district’s School Improvement Process. The process guides the district in setting goals, assessing progress and reporting results. 

The District's AdvancED Accreditation was finalized in 2014. Nebraska City Public Schools has achieved District Level Accreditation. The APR was submitted during the 2014-15 school year and was approved by the Nebraska Department of Ed and by AdvancED. 

During the 2016-17 School Year, the School Improvement efforts will focus on reviewing the Statements of Belief, updating surveys and Action Plans and continuing to focus on student achievement/safety as outlined in the overall school improvement goals.  


SIP Activities:

Review Mission and Statements of Belief - On Friday, August 12, 2016 the Nebraska City Public Schools held the initial Back to School Day for all staff.  A district information session was presented with all staff participating in selected School Improvement Activities.  The entire staff reviewed the Mission and Belief statements.  In small groups, designated by an "Olympic" theme, each belief statement was discussed and suggestions and recommendations were made and documented.  The cumulative information was then provided to the District School Improvement Council and will serve as a focus for meetings throughout the school year.  Finalization of revised statements of belief will be presented to the board of education in the spring of 2017. 

Action Plans- have been provided to each building for work with leadership teams and all building staff.  The revisions of the plans will focus on measurable goals linked to evidence. 

AQuESTT- Each building, along with respective staff and Leadership teams are working on documentation of Evidence to support the EBA Evidence Based Analysis.  Each school will identify evidence for each of the six tenets and provide the documentation on a cumulative spreadsheet to be updated throughout the school year.   

PBiS - Building Leadership teams have continued their work on implementation of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Model through ongoing training opportunities.  Each building has developed goals and activities that promote efforts to increase positive behaviors within our student population and our schools. Monthly reports are provided to the steering committee to review how PBiS is being implemented at each building in an effort to meet our goal of being safe, respectful and responsible. 

District Goals: Building Leadership teams report out formally to the District School Improvement Leadership Team.  Reports include activities and documentation of efforts to work on the academic goal.  

AQuESTT:

Nebraska City Public Schools received a rating of Good in the classifications initial year.  423 schools or 37.43 percent were also rated good. 

AQuESTT tenets: 1) Positive partnerships, relationships, student success 2) Transitions 3) Educational Opportunities and Access 4) College and Career Readiness 5) Assessment 6) Educator Effectiveness. 

On a 4 point rating scale, Nebraska City Public Schools came in at a 2.7 overall.  The total EBA (Evidence Based Analysis) score was an 81 for the district, which reflected the ratings done in each building. 

Given our demographics, it’s apparent that staff has been working diligently to put strategies and programs into place that will offer additional supports.  Scores on the State of the Schools results show improvement in all areas. By continuing to look at the curriculum and data, determining individual students needs and keeping in mind that we do many great things in this district for our kids, we should see growth and feel good about the work we do to help kids be successful in many areas.  

The administrative Team and the staff have long been aware of the challenges that face our particular district.  With that being said, we don’t use those challenges or our demographics to make excuses or justify performances.  Our job is to take our kids, provide them with the best opportunities for a good educational experience and look what we can do to continually meet changing needs and show efforts to improve. 

Numerous supports are being implemented to best serve our population.  The addition of two pre-school sections in the past couple of years, adding After School programs, Response to Intervention (RtI) – providing intense help to those not meeting benchmarks, revising curriculum and looking at different ways of delivering instruction, Training teachers in the Marzano Strategies to improve instructional techniques, enlisting Anita Archer Explicit Instruction Strategies, the new teacher evaluation model, the expansion of career academies, providing education to learners needing something different in our ALT school, comprehensive SPED services including Impact programs serving those with particular behavior needs, ELL programs and the list goes on and on.  In addition we have a variety of supports and extra curricular offerings that reach out to all types of learners. (Speech Contest, Quiz Bowls, History Projects/trips, HAL, DI, Fine Arts, Athletic Programs, Clubs, Senior Projects, parent nights, and on and on)

We take the federal and state requirements for assessment seriously.  We study our data, we make improvements to our curriculum, we use Whole Faculty Study Groups to review student work and we look at individual student results to see how we can help them improve.  

We don’t however let this type of testing define us and negate all the great things going on for kids in this district. We are constantly reviewing, revising, adding new things, and looking at how we can improve.  When using the information we have, it’s important to keep things in perspective.  Can we do better? Always.   Will we keep looking at test results and implement strategies to show growth?  Yes.   We will also continue to look at education in a well-rounded manner.   Working to meet the ever-changing needs of our particular population and addressing the needs of our students.  We are dedicated and willing to continue to give it our best.