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1 Performance Goal 1: All students will reach high standards, at a minimum, attaining proficiency or better in reading and mathematics by Planned Improvement in Student Performance in Reading (Summarize information from district-operated programs and approved school-level plans) Description of Specific Actions to Improve Education 1. Alignment of instruction with content standards: The district will take the following steps to align instruction with content standards: 1. Teacher committees will develop curriculum/pacing guides for all language arts courses (grades 7-12) which align textbooks, materials and instructional activities to the language arts content standards grade Language Arts pacing guide and assessment committees will continue to revise and align pacing guides to textbooks and district assessments grade Math pacing guide and assessment committees will continue to revise and align pacing guides to texts and district assessments. Secondary language arts teachers, teachers on assignment Teacher curriculum development rate, % Educational Services/ staff salaries, teacher on assignment salaries, substitute costs, printing costs materials costs 2. K-12 ELA committees continue to refine and revise these pacing guides to meet the needs of teachers / students based on a variety of assessment data. Elementary teachers, teachers on assignment/ Teacher curriculum development rate, % Educational Services/ staff salaries, teacher on assignment salaries, substitute costs, printing costs, materials costs Title II, Title III, EIA, 3. Teacher recruitment, hiring, evaluation and tenure decisions will focus on teacher competency in delivering standards-based instruction. The teacher evaluation process is under revision, training and inservices for principals and evaluators have begun and will continue through 10/11. site administrators, and Human Resources Administrators salaries % of administrative salary costs 1

2 staff/ 4. All new teachers will participate in BTSA, and / or other mentoring programs which focus on effective delivery of standards-based instruction. Through the SB2042 training new teachers will attend training in cooperative learning, SDAIE strategies, Step Up to Writing strategies, use of pacing guides, and analysis of District assessment data. Given budget constraints, few new teachers have been hired; as such BTSA will not continue as in the past. An online staff development program is being developed. New teachers, staff/ % staff salaries $200,000, Title II 5. ELD standards will be incorporated into all ELD lessons taught either in designated ELD courses and instructional periods or in SDAIE language arts courses. Elementary teachers, ELD and SDAIE language arts teachers / Teacher salaries % of teacher salaries EIA, General Funds 6. Teacher lesson plans will be based on the adopted reading / language arts standards appropriate to each student s grade level assignment. Teachers, site administrators / No extra expenditures No extra costs 2. Use of standards-aligned instructional materials and strategies: The district will take the following steps to implement standards aligned instructional materials and strategies: 1. New textbooks aligned to the content standards in language arts will be selected, adopted and purchased for all language arts courses (grades 7-12). The district has been granted a waiver to extend the secondary language arts textbook adoption window. Elementary sites will implement the Houghton Mifflin Medallions ELA materials. Secondary language arts teachers, Board of Education Teacher curriculum development rate, % Educational Services/ staff salaries $2,000,000 IMF, 2

3 2. New textbooks aligned to the content standards in reading / language arts will be selected, adopted and purchased for all grade levels (K-6). Elementary teachers, Educational Services / Board of Education Teacher curriculum development rate, % Educational Services/ staff salaries $2,000,000 IMF, 3. State-approved ELD instructional materials accompanying language arts textbooks and supplemental ELD materials will be selected, adopted and used to deliver appropriate ELD instruction to EL students. ELL teachers, teachers on assignment, Board of Education Staff salaries, ELD materials $200,000 IMF, General, EIA, Title III, ELAP 4. Supplemental reading / language arts materials that are aligned to State content standards will be purchased to meet student needs, as appropriate. a. Step Up to Writing will be adopted and implemented to support writing instruction for all students, kindergarten through twelfth grade. Teachers will receive materials, training and coaching to ensure implementation of the strategies across content areas. b. Primary teachers will be trained to ensure consistent strategies for guided reading and running records. Appropriate materials and coaching will be provided as needed. These strategies will allow focused, individualized instruction in reading for primary students. The district will continue Step Up to Writing training with the 3 rd edition materials in grades The district will support 12 th grade Language Arts with CSU Expository Reading and Writing curriculum. The district will continue to support 11 th grade AP Language and Composition course with appropriate texts. administrators, site staff /, teachers / K-12 teachers, staff/ Step Up to Writing materials, printing costs % staff salaries, substitute costs, teacher inservice rate, printing and materials costs $200,000 ERWC course no cost printing costs as needed. $10,000 Title I, Title II, Title III, EIA,, other grants 5. Teachers will arrange opportunities for colleagues across the district at each grade level to share strategies for teaching the content standards in reading / language arts during district-wide K-12 teachers, % Educational Services/ staff salaries, $125,000, other grants 3

4 Professional Teacher Time weekly. Professional Teacher Time (PTT) has been established (K- 12) to allow early release or late arrival for students to allow teachers time to collaborate. 12 th grade teachers will continue to meet and plan appropriate standards-based instruction for Expository Reading and Writing Modules. 7, 9, and 10 th grade Language Arts teachers will continue to meet and collaborate on writing standards. Mastery Committee established and aligned sequencing guide. staff/ substitute costs, teacher inservice rate, printing and materials costs 6. Clear goals and a specific implementation plan for using technology to improve teaching and learning by supporting the district curriculum goals and academic content standards are explained in the district s State approved Comprehensive Educational Technology Plan on pages The EETT grant will continue to support 7 th grade student writing on six middle school campuses. A Teacher on Special Assignment has been put in place to support site staff in use and implementation of technology related to core standards-based lessons. K-12 teachers, staff/ % Educational Services/ staff salaries, substitute costs, teacher inservice rate, printing, and materials cost $125,000, EETT grant, other grants, Title I, Title II, Title I, ARRA 3. Extended learning time: The district will provide the following opportunities for extended learning time in order to help students attain proficiency in reading / language arts: 1. Before school, after school, Saturday, and sections of the CAHSEE Language Arts Standards Mastery course will be offered to students who have not passed the language arts section of the CAHSEE. secondary language arts teachers, site administrators/ Teacher hourly rate, teacher summer school rate, text materials supplies annually Intervention, 4

5 2. An intensive reading course for incoming 9 th graders, who are not reading at grade level, will be offered at each high school. Site administrators, teachers/ % teacher salaries, materials, printing costs 3. Step Up to Writing strategies will be provided for students in grades K-12 who need additional instruction in the writing process. Step Up to Writing strategies will be provided to support reading, writing, vocabulary, note-taking, listening, and speaking skills. Site administrators, teachers/ Teacher and classified hourly rate, materials and printing costs Title I, Title III, ELAP, General 4. After school and intersession programs will be offered for students not progressing to proficiency in reading and writing grades K-8 (i.e., Breakthrough to Literacy, Voyager, etc.). K-8 intervention lessons developed by teachers will be provided by Educational Services staff to sites. These are lessons embedded in the adopted core materials and emphasize a preview model of grade level lessons/skills/standards to assist students in being better prepared for their regular classroom instruction. summer school administrators, summer school teachers/ Summer School salaries, materials, and printing costs $300,000 Title I, Title I ARRA and EIA/SCE 5. The district will design and implement a Web site as an instructional resource for students with links to various Internet homework, research and academic subject-specific web sites. Information Technology department / Information Technology department staff salaries Salary costs 5

6 4. Increased access to technology: The district will take the following steps to increase student and teachers access to technology: 1. Teachers will integrate technology-based supplemental resources which accompany current reading / language arts textbooks into lesson plans and instructional strategies. Teachers (K-12)/, Tech TSA Computer and Internet connections Costs associated with adding equipment and connectivity to older schools, salaries F&E modernization, technology grants,, Title II, Part D 2. Improve student-to-multimedia, instructional computer ratio. Currently the district ration is 5 students to 1 computer. Tech TSA Computers, printers and furniture $462,000, modernization, F&E, and grants 3. Finish network, Internet cabling and fiber optic network technology so that all classrooms have network access to Internet and the World Wide Web at all CNUSD schools. All schools to improve reading instruction as well as other subjects. Tech TSA / Cabling and electronic equipment $1,000,000 Modernization 4. SharePoint website will be available for K-12 teachers for accessing instructional materials and staff development. teachers/ Hourly costs for personnel $10,000, various grants 5. al technology will be purchased to supplement instruction for schools with significant numbers of students in poverty and significant numbers of Educationally Disadvantaged youth. teachers/ Costs for subs and hourly costs for personnel 2,000,000 Title I, Basic, Title I, ARRA, EIA/ SCE 6

7 5. Staff development and professional collaboration aligned with standards-based instructional materials: The district will take the following steps to provide staff development and professional collaboration aligned with standardsbased instructional material: 1. Teachers on assignment under the direction of Educational Services/ staff will provide support to all district teachers through co-teaching, demonstration lessons, staff development, and individual and group meetings in language arts in areas of identified need. teachers on assignment, all teachers/ Teachers on assignment salaries, substitutes, teacher hourly, materials $500,000 Title II, Title I, Basic, Title I, ARRA 2. Lead teachers and teachers on assignment will inservice teachers on the curriculum / pacing guides in reading / language arts for each grade level and course. Elementary teachers, secondary language arts teachers, teachers on assignment in reading/ language arts, staff Curriculum development rate for teachers, substitute costs, % teacher on assignment salaries 3. Publisher representatives and/or consultants will inservice teachers on the implementation of current reading / language arts and supplementary materials for each grade level and language arts courses as determined by implementation needs, teacher survey, and other data forms. Consultants, elementary teachers, secondary language arts teachers/ Curriculum development rate, substitute costs, % Educational Services/ administrator salaries $50,000, Title I 4. Educational Services / administrators and teachers on assignment and other lead teachers, will inservice language arts teachers on the key components and processes of standards-based instruction in reading/language arts (in contrast to traditional instruction) and assist teachers (K-12) in the development and implementation of standards-based lessons for each grade level and reading/language arts courses. Elementary teachers, secondary reading/ language arts teachers, teachers on assignment, staff / Curriculum development rate for teachers, substitute costs, % teacher on assignment salaries, % staff salaries, printing, and materials costs 7

8 5. Consultants, administrators and teachers on assignment will inservice all teachers (4-12) on key strategies to assist students in developing reading and writing skills in academic content areas. Teachers (4-12), teachers on assignment in core subject areas, administrators / Curriculum development rate for teachers, % teacher on assignment salaries, % staff salaries, materials cost $200,000 Title I, Title II, 6. As a follow-up to professional development presentations regarding standards-based instruction in reading/language arts, opportunities will be provided for teachers at the district and site levels to share effective lessons and strategies within and across grade levels. Workshop participants, presenters, Educational Services/Curriculum and site administrators/ Materials, printing costs, professional development rate, curriculum development rate, consultant fees 7. As an extension of presentations and collaboration regarding standards-based instruction in reading/language arts, opportunities will be provided for teachers to observe lessons presented by colleagues. Workshop participants, presenters, Educational Services/Curriculum and site administrators/ Substitute costs, % of administrator salaries $50, Principals and assistant principals will receive training on standards and how to coach, supervise and evaluate teachers according to their ability to teach the standards. Administrators (K-12), & Human Resources staff/ % Administrators salaries, consultants fees, conferences, materials $50,000 Title II, Title III, EIA, 9. Administrators will be inserviced on curriculum / pacing guides, assessments, and essential components of standards-based instruction in reading/language arts in order to monitor the implementation of effective instructional practice. Administrators (K-12), administrators, consultants/ % administrators salaries, consultants fees, materials costs $50,000 Title I, Title II, Title III, EIA, 8

9 10. Teachers of English Learners in ELD and language arts classrooms will receive specific staff development in delivering ELD to students according to their level of English proficiency. Teachers of English Learners, Educational Services/Curriculum and administrators, teachers on assignment/ Teacher curriculum development rate, % Educational Services / administrator salaries, % teacher on assignment salaries, materials costs Title II, Title III, EIA, General fund 11. Teachers and administrators will receive staff development in standards-based instruction and materials use through attendance at applicable conference, workshops, etc. Consultants, administrators, teachers, presenters/ Substitute costs, training conference fees, travel expense, materials, consultant fees, printing, licensing agreements, various grants 12. Clear goals and a specific implementation plan for providing professional development opportunities in the effective integration of classroom technology based on a needs assessment, curriculum goals, benchmarks, and timeline are delineated in the district s State approved Comprehensive Educational Technology Plan on pages Educational Services / principals / Curriculum development rate of pay for teachers, substitute costs, % of administrators salaries, materials and printing costs $50,000, various grants, SETPD 6. Involvement of staff, parents, and community (including notification procedures, parent outreach, and interpretation of student assessment results to parents): The district will take the following steps to ensure the involvement of staff, parents, and community in helping students attain proficiency in reading / language arts: 1. Each school will maintain a Site Council with staff, parent and community representatives. Each council will receive reports on overall student assessment results in reading, and will communicate results to the entire school community. Site councils will also contribute input on how to improve school reading programs. Principals, site council representatives/ Printing costs $500/school Title I, General 9

10 2. The district will send each parent his/her student s individual state assessment results in reading/language arts with an explanation of how to interpret them. staff/ Printing, postage costs $90, District implementation of Zangle, student information system, will continue. The Parent Portal is continuing to be opened at specific schools with the intent of all schools online by the end of 10/11. Site staff and administrators, IT department Zangle Program $2,000, Schools will have access to district support services for parent involvement activities aligned to content standards as determined by individual school site requests and discussions with. (i.e., GATE Parent Workshops, Special Education Community Advisory Committee, Parents Helping Parents.) Site staff and administrators, teachers on assignment / Materials and printing costs $20,000 Title I, Title II, Title III, EIA, 5. Schools provide reading education activities such as BBQs, reading nights for their communities to participate in standardsbased activities that support student achievement. School staff, teachers on assignment, staff/ quarterly Materials, printing, childcare, extra hours for certificated and classified personnel $2,500/night Title I, Title III, EIA, ELAP, 6. The district is partnering with California State University and the CSU Chancellor s office to train teachers and provide curriculum for 12 th grade expository reading and writing. School site staff, teachers on assignment, staff/ No cost No cost No cost 10

11 7. Auxiliary services for students and parents (including transition from preschool, elementary, and middle school): The district will provide the following auxiliary services for students and parents to help students attain proficiency in reading / language arts. 1. Student advisors and / or administrators will meet with high school students and parents to develop 4-year plans to ensure students take language arts courses which will prepare them for high school graduation and post-secondary options. Administrators, student advisors, parents, students/ % counselors salaries, printing costs $200, Counselors from intermediate schools will visit elementary schools, and counselors from high schools will visit intermediate schools to provide orientation for incoming 6 th / 7 th and 9 th grade students respectively and schedule students in appropriate language arts courses. Counselors, parents, students/ % counselors salaries, printing costs, materials No extra cost 3. Schools will provide kindergarten readiness experiences for incoming kindergarten students and their parents. Site staff/annually Extra hours for certificated and classified personnel, materials, printing, transportation $4,000 per elementary school Title I, Title II, Title III, EIA, 4. Intermediate and high schools will offer various transitional programs for incoming 6 th / 7 th and 9 th grade students respectively as are available (i.e., Link Crew, Mentoring, Web, ACE, etc.) to assist them with academic and social issues which inhibit attainment of proficiency in reading and writing. Site administrators and staff/annually Training for teachers and student mentors, materials and printing costs, program coordinators, and teacher salaries $100,00 per school EIA, General, TUPE 5. Elementary schools will provide 5 th / 6 th grade students with transition activities from elementary school to intermediate school as appropriate. These activities will be designed and coordinated by the intermediate school with their feeder elementary schools to meet the needs of students attending that school. Site administrators and staff/annually % of staff salaries No extra cost Title I, General 11

12 8. Monitoring program effectiveness: The district will take the following steps to monitor program effectiveness: 1. Teacher committees will develop and administer benchmark assessments for each grade level and reading / language arts course to assess students progress towards mastery of the language arts content standards, analyze the effectiveness of instructional practice and modify standards-based instructional tools and strategies (i.e., curriculum / pacing guides, lessons, technological resources, etc). Technology will be used to score assessments and analyze data to allow teachers to use assessment data to focus instruction and provide specific support addressing identified student needs to further revise assessments and inform classroom instruction. Common Formative Assessment training will be provided at site request to develop skills needed to create standards-based common assessments for English Language Arts. K-12 assessment committees will continue to revise and align district assessments in English Language Arts. DataDirector information will be used to further revise assessments and inform classroom instruction. Elementary teachers, secondary language arts teachers, teachers on assignment, administrators and TSAs / Teacher curriculum development rate, % teacher on assignment salaries, substitute costs, % Educational Services/ administrators salaries, equipment/ software to score and analyze assessment data, printing costs Sub costs, training costs and % of administrator and TSA salaries, Title II, Part A, Title II, Part D 2. Administrators will observe lessons and provide feedback to teachers on a consistent basis to monitor the implementation of standards-based instruction in reading/language arts utilizing standards-based textbooks and supplementary materials, curriculum/pacing guides and benchmark assessment results. Administrators (K-12), administrators, Human Resources administrators/ % administrators salaries % of administrative costs, substitute costs 3. Administrators will observe ELD and SDAIE language arts lessons and provide feedback to teachers on a consistent basis to monitor the delivery of appropriate ELD instruction and SDAIE strategies to English Learners. Administrators (K-12), Educational Services/Curriculum and administrators, Human Resources % administrators salaries % of administrative costs 12

13 administrators/ 4. Teachers and administrators will use district benchmark assessment data to evaluate effectiveness of instruction, materials, and/or programs and adjust these practices to better meet the assessed needs of individual and/or sub groups (i.e., EL, GATE, etc.) of students at each site. Teachers, administrators / Printing, reports, scan sheets, equipment, other materials % teacher and administrator salaries, Title I 5. Teachers will use district benchmark assessments to better design instructional activities and lessons aligned to the ELA content standards as well as classroom/after school interventions and reteaching opportunities to improve student achievement. Teachers K-12 / Printing, reports, scan sheets, equipment, other materials % teacher salaries, curriculum development rate 6. Elementary RSP and primary SDC teachers will use the DIBELS assessment (benchmark progress monitoring) as a guide to both grade level and instructional level skills in standards instruction. K-3 RSP and SDC teachers, DIBELS materials % teacher salaries, curriculum development rate 9. Targeting services and programs to lowest-performing student groups: The district will provide the following services and programs to help the lowest performing student groups attain proficiency in reading / language arts. 1. All students who have not passed the language arts section of the CAHSEE will be required to take the CAHSEE Language Arts Standards Mastery course in lieu of an elective during their junior and/or senior years. secondary language arts teachers, site administrators/ % Teacher salaries, text materials, supplies $125, School sites will use district benchmark assessments data and CST data, when available, to design, implement and assign students to specific intervention opportunities which support improved student achievement and address needs of individual site student groups. site staff K-6, site administrators, teachers Materials, printing, supplies, extra hours % of teacher salaries, extra hourly rateteachers/$200,000 Title I, II, EIA, ELAP, General 13

14 on assignment/ 3. The district/schools will offer specific instructional programs for students not achieving at grade level. Specific programs include, but are not limited to: Read 180, Accelerated Reader, Language!, SRA, What s Happening, Soar to Success, and Voyager as well as intervention and universal access materials from core materials. These programs are offered during the school day, after school, and during intersessions. 4. The district will organize and develop a systematic program, Response to Intervention (RTI) that will prevent academic failure through early intervention. Within this program frequent progress measurement and intensive research-based instructional interventions will be used for students who continue to experience academic difficulty. School site administrators, administrators/ School site administrators, administrators / Teacher hourly rate, staff development rate, curriculum development rate, training, printing and materials costs Teacher hourly rate, staff development rate, curriculum development rate, training, printing and materials costs Title I, Title II, Title I, Title II, Intervention, 14

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