January 30, 2017
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 education progress for the Ann Arbor Public Schools as a district and our individual schools. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and some requirements of state laws. Our staff is available to help you understand this information. Please contact Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley, Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Instruction and/or Dawn Linden, Executive Director for Elementary Instruction, Jazz Parks, Executive Director for Middle School Instruction, or Paul DeAngelis, Executive Director for High School Instruction, for help if you need assistance.
The Ann Arbor Public School's District AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website, www.a2schools.org/aer, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child's school. Each school will also be communicating their own AER to parents directly.
These reports contain the following information:
Student Assessment Data – Includes the following three assessments: M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress), MI-Access (Alternate Assessment), and College Board SAT. Presents assessment information for English language arts and mathematics for grades 3 to 8 and 11, and science for grades 4, 7, and 11, compared to state averages for all students as well as subgroups of students. The report helps users to understand achievement performance within grades and schools, and to make comparisons to district, state, and national achievement benchmarks.
- Presents achievement data for all four tested subjects (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students
- Helps parents understand achievement progress within schools and compare these to district and state achievement
Accountability Scorecard – Detail Data and Status
The accountability portion of the AER includes assessment proficiency and participation rates, graduation or attendance rates, as well as accountability scorecard status.
Teacher Qualification Data
- Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels
- Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers not considered highly qualified to teach such classes
NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
- Provides state results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8
Review the table below listing our schools. 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 status label is given.
All buildings currently include the following district initiatives in addition to their own building initiative:
- Prek-12 Project Lead the Way emphasis on STEAM education (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics)
- Integrated global studies, expanded K-12 world language and the option to attend International Baccalaureate (IB) programs
- Enhanced interventions to support accelerated learning in mathematics
- Early childhood education to include opportunities to attend Young 5's kindergarten
- Expanded magnet and CTE (Career Technical Education) programs K-12
- Personalized Learning Plans (PLP's) for every elementary student in every elementary school building
School Name Status Label Key Initiative to Accelerate Achievement Elementary Schools
Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports
Young 5s & Satellite (Tuition Based) Preschool Programs.
Ann Arbor Open
Promoting a school environment that supports students' social and emotional well-being by implementing a mindfulness curriculum.
Differentiation instruction to meet the needs of diverse learners.
Burns Park World Language Initiative - Parents raise funds and provide K-2 Spanish instruction in two, weekly, half-hour sessions.
With a focus on respect, responsibility, and safety our "Leader in Me" initiative is a big part of the positive learning environment evident throughout the school.
Assessment Literacy Practices, Self-assessment, goal setting and effective feedback
Peer observations to improve guided math instruction & Responsive Classroom
Assessment Literacy to increase student ownership for their learning through goal setting, self-evaluation and reflection.
ELL Magnet school, Young 5s, Title 1 school, PLTW is implemented, and each student has a PLP
Grant recipient from the “I Am A Leader Foundation”. Official “Franklin Covey Leader In Me” school
Implementation of updated Lucy Calkins Units of Study writing curriculum
Responsive classroom, inquiry based teaching and learning
STEAM @ Northside
STEAM education through Project Based Learning
Creating a learning environment that specifically meets the needs of lower and upper elementary students.
Mindfulness, Equity, & Personalized Learning Plans for each student
Satellite (Tuition Based) Preschool Programs
All students participate in service learning projects in conjunction with Food Gatherers, Mott Children's Hospital, and other community organizations.
WEB program (Where Everyone Belongs) for 6th graders. This is a targeted program that has 8th grade volunteers mentor incoming 6th graders during their transition and throughout the 6th grade year. Strong peer mentoring program that partners general education students with special needs students in gym class. SAIL program (Students All Included) allows students in our ASD and CI classes partner with same age peers in Advisory classes. Girl's Group has provided mentoring and growth opportunities for our female students.
Inquiry Based teaching and learning (IB) and Developmental Designs
IB Focus with both the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme
Pathways to Success
2 new courses: a computer science class that focuses on introducing students to the fundamentals of computer programming and another co-taught course that combines the principles of modern global relations and ecology. This eco-justice class will provide our students with an opportunity to explore topics that impact our modern society.
Expansion of Visual and Performing Arts curriculum
Improving student outcomes by increasing staff capacity for providing targeted, meaningful feedback and data-driven instruction.
The Annual Report provides an important snapshot of our academic progress and overall academic status of our district. Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to achieve at very high levels. We applaud the dedication and passion consistently demonstrated by our students and faculty. We will continue to invest in curriculum enhancement, alignment to rigorous state standards, and robust professional development on effective practices that are proven to eliminate achievement disparities and elevate academic progress.
Despite being very proud of our many district and school-level accomplishments, the Ann Arbor Public Schools continues to monitor the progress for each student and the achievement gaps that continue to persist between groups of students. For example, we continue to pay close attention to providing effective and differentiated support to students with disabilities, to students who speak a language other than English, and to students who cope with the impact of poverty while developing academic proficiency.
As a district we continue to seek out opportunities for innovative 21st Century teaching and learning such as International Baccalaureate and STEAM education. We have taken steps to dramatically expand recent enhancements such as Project Lead the Way to include all elementary schools. World Languages includes non traditional languages such as Chinese and Arabic along with the more traditional languages such as Spanish, French, German, and Latin. Accelerated mathematics and support to improve foundational mathematics achievement have been enhanced. We are very proud of our on line learning program through A2 Virtual which offers over 300 courses to students in grades 5-12 through a well monitored blended platform to include face to face support from highly qualified academic teachers. We invite interested community members to visit our website for detailed information regarding curriculum and instructional programming.
Everyday we celebrate the hard work and dedication of our exemplary staff. We are extremely appreciative of the many ways our families and the Ann Arbor Community support public education.
Jeanice K. Swift Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley Jeanice Kerr Swift
Lee Ann Dickinson-Kelley
Assistant Superintendent for K-12 Instruction