Needs Assessment Summary
The Granton Title I program completed its comprehensive needs assessment in May to determine priorities for intervention programming for the 2016-2017 school year. Data was gathered from three local assessments at each grade level and then analyzed to determine the percentage of students at risk in both reading and math. The results determined that 22.5% of Granton Elementary students (who do not receive special education services) are at-risk in reading. It also determined that 16.7%% of Granton Elementary students (who do not receive special education services) are at-risk in math. This information helped to determine where the Title I program needs to focus its support for the 2016-2017 school year. Fourth grade will be the highest priority in Title I reading and fifth grade will be the highest priority in math.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Title I program made several positive changes to align programming to meet the requirements of Response to Intervention (RtI). An RtI team was formed at the beginning of the year to ensure that a process for monitoring, evaluation, and referral was in place. A list of expectations and norms for each reading and math intervention was also created to ensure the fidelity of each intervention was occurring.
The increased knowledge base and formation of the RtI team and handbook have helped reduce the number of students being referred to Title I services. Teachers are beginning to embrace the vision of RtI. Teachers are working in small groups or 1:1 to focus on the skills needed to be successful in the core curriculum.
We will continue to refine and expand our RtI team’s roles and responsibilities. Our general education teachers are going to be focusing on best practices in instruction as well as aligning the district’s curriculum to the Wisconsin Common Core Standards. Implementation of a new reading curriculum will also begin in the 2016-2017 school year. Our goal is to strengthen our core programming to reduce the number of students needing Title I support.
If you would like to further review the needs assessment, you may contact Jodi Maguire at 715-238-7292 ext. 233 or via email: email@example.com.
Title I Program Review
A Title I program evaluation was completed in May. The purpose of this evaluation is to monitor the effectiveness of the program and its impact on student achievement. The evaluation assessed 4 areas: student achievement, teacher effectiveness, professional development, and parental involvement.
During the 2015-2016 school year, the Title I program at Granton serviced 26 students in reading and 22 students in math. The instruction in both math and reading was very individualized and focused on the skills needed to problem solve in both math and reading. The reading intervention program utilized Leveled Literacy Intervention which correlates well with many of the reading strategies and word work lessons that are taught within the general education classroom. Additional reading interventions were utilized for phonics instruction. A combination of guided math and Math Addvantage was used to assist students with additional math instruction.
During spring parent-teacher conferences, we also completed a parent survey. We asked for your feedback about our district’s efforts to meet the needs of your child. We received feedback from 38 responses electronically and in paper form. Respondents feel their child/ren are receiving a good education in core academic areas. Areas within the Career and Technical Education (CTE) band received the least responses/percentages due to the high amount of elementary responses. These questions were not applicable at the elementary level. Additionally, 83.7% of respondents feel their child/ren are being challenged academically. Here is a snapshot of additional responses. Results also showed that communication between school and home needs to happen sooner so that parents can accommodate schedules. Families are also looking for instructional strategies to help their children with homework. We will continue working with our staff and families to provide clear expectations and information regarding academic progress.
The Title I staff would like to thank all of the parents who took the time to fill out our survey. The results are very helpful for the planning and development of upcoming programming.
If you have any questions regarding the Title I annual review, please contact Jodi Maguire at 715-238-7292 ext. 233 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.