Dayton Elementary School (8017)
2018-2019 School Improvement Plan
Revised September, 2018
Tippecanoe School Corporation
Improvement Plan Stakeholder Involvement
Student Performance Diagnostic
Title I Compliance Documents
The comprehensive Indiana School Improvement Plan aligns the improvement requirements for schools under Title I, PL221, and The Student Achievement Plan (SAP) for focus and priority schools. The following people were involved in the development of this School Improvement Plan: Ryan Simmons, Principal; Brandy Cain, Special Education Teacher; Carol Howard, Kindergarten Teacher; Pam Shideler, 1st Grade Teacher; Heather Frauhiger, 2nd Grade Teacher; Liz Miller, 3rd Grade Teacher; Hannah Vaughn, 4th Grade Teacher, Sarah Harmon, ⅘ High Ability Teacher; Carol Grady, Title I Teacher.
The Tippecanoe School Corporation is a comprehensive K-12 public school corporation located in north central Indiana, about one hour north of Indianapolis. Established in 1962, TSC encompasses 437 square miles in Tippecanoe County. Portions of Lafayette, West Lafayette and the main campus of Purdue University are within the district boundaries. TSC operates two high schools, six middle schools and 11 elementary schools serving approximately 13,500 students. The district draws students from suburban areas of Greater Lafayette, as well as outlying rural areas. To address continued growth, TSC has created a long-range building program, which will add additional schools and classrooms in the future.
Dayton Elementary is a small, community school housed just east of interstate 65. The facility includes a large grounds area that houses baseball and softball fields, two parking lots, a set of playgrounds and the building itself. Dayton Elementary School, according to Indiana Department of Education data, has an enrollment of 401 students. Of those 401 students, 36% of them qualify for free lunch and breakfast, while another 6 % qualify for reduced priced meals. Ethnically, Dayton is comprised of 75.1% white students, 15.7 % hispanic and 6.4% multiracial or other, and 2.7% black. Dayton also has quite a large Special Needs population with 14.2% of the student body requiring special education services.
The Vision Statement was developed by the staff at Dayton Elementary.
Creating a Community of Learners and Leaders.
We believe this vision statement emcompasses everything that is important to us at Dayton Elementary. We enjoy and appreciate the partnerships we have in the community. We also strive to build a community in our classrooms and our school. It is important that we not only create learners in our society, but also leaders. This also goes for our staff. We are lifelong learners and leaders in our school community.
The Leader in Me Framework:
At Dayton Elementary, we believe in reaching the whole child. This is why we are a Leader in Me school. We believe and reinforce the following paradigms at Dayton Elementary.
All adults in our community are living by these core convictions daily and as a result, show the following attitudes and actions:
All adults are trained in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. All adults live and model the 7 Habits, as well as, teach the Leader in Me curriculum to reinforce the habits.
In this environment where adults live the 7 habits, all students will be highly motivated to learn. They are willing to take risks and set high goals for themselves. All students will be engaged in their learning. Students will show respect and take responsibility for their education. They will learn important team building skills by working in small and large groups. They will demonstrate mastery through a variety of authentic assessments and experiences. All students accept challenges, show motivation, and put forth their personal best.
As a result of these efforts; our school’s student achievement data goals are as follows:
Prior to the new ISTEP+ with more rigorous standards, Dayton was scoring in the mid to high 80’s in all subject areas. After the new assessment, we have noticed a significant drop in our math scores and a small drop in our Language Arts scores.
Math is a concern and an area of focus at Dayton Elementary School. We will continue to analyze math instruction by analyzing NWEA and ISTEP+ scores to see if there is a trend or a specific area of need in the subject of math. In addition, we can group students according to the Learning Continuum on NWEA. This will be used to identify math intervention groups that may happen inside or outside of the classroom.
Dayton Elementary School’s curriculum is based on the Indiana Academic Standards located
http://www.doe.in.gov/standards. Curriculum maps based on these standards are located in the Principal’s Office for inspection by members of the public.
Benchmark assessments will be administered 3 times per year by certified teaching staff. Reading benchmark assessment, TRC, will be administered for students in grades K-2. Teachers will administer the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment System for students in grades 3-5 at the beginning, middle and end of the school year. NWEA will be administered in grades K-5. Additionally IREAD will be administered in the Spring for students in grade 3.
IMPROVEMENT PLAN STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT
1. Describe the process used to engage a variety of stakeholders in the development of the institution’s improvement plan. Include information on how stakeholders were selected and informed of their roles, and how meetings were scheduled to accommodate them?
Dayton Elementary reached out to stakeholders using a variety of school communication methods (electronic newsletter, facebook, mass emails, school website). Input was solicited from students, teachers, parents, and community representatives through a stakeholder survey. The survey was completed electronically, which allowed stakeholders to complete the survey and submit their input at a time that was convenient to their schedules.
2. Describe the representations from stakeholder groups that participated in the development of the improvement plan and their responsibilities in this process?
The Dayton Elementary School Improvement Team was comprised mostly of Dayton Elementary staff members and two parents. As data was analyzed, ideas were generated, and decisions made, this information was shared with stakeholders who indicated a desire to remain involved in the process. These stakeholders were then able to provide their input which factored into the final school improvement plan.
3. Explain how the final improvement plan was communicated to all stakeholders, and the method and frequency in which stakeholders receive information on its process.
The school improvement plan is uploaded to the Dayton Elementary website. Notice is provided annually, and the plan is accessible via the school website.
STUDENT PERFORMANCE DIAGNOSTIC
The Student Performance Diagnostic provides an institution with a process to report summative student assessments. This diagnostic is significant to the accreditation and continuous improvement process as it serves as a resource for schools to view content area assessment results required by state, district, or other entities, determine the quality and reliability of the given assessments and show the alignment of the assessments to the school’s curriculum.
2017-2018 School Letter Grade:
Multiple Measures Domain
IREAD Passing Percentage
3-5 ISTEP+ Math
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (White)
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (Hispanic)
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (Free)
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (Paid)
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (Special Ed)
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (Gen Ed)
3-5 ISTEP+ Math (ELL)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (White)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (Hispanic)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (Free)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (Paid)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (Special Ed)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (Gen Ed)
3-5 ISTEP+ LA (ELL)
Grade 3 ISTEP+ Math
Grade 3 ISTEP+ LA
Grade 4 ISTEP+ Math
Grade 4 ISTEP+ LA
Grade 4 ISTEP+ Science
Grade 5 ISTEP+ Math
Grade 5 ISTEP+ LA
Number of Students Suspended
Number of Out of School Suspensions
Number of In School Suspensions
NWEA Data Comparison
Red and Green Scores are when Comparing DES Fall Scores to the Norm Fall RIT scores.
DES Fall RIT 2017
Norm Fall RIT 2017
TSC Fall Norm RIT 2017
DES Winter RIT 2017
DES Spring RIT 2018
DES Fall RIT 2018
Norm Fall RIT 2018
TSC Fall Norm RIT 2018
Red and Green Scores are when Comparing DES Fall Scores to the Norm Fall RIT scores.
DES Fall RIT 2017
Norm RIT Fall 2017
TSC Norm RIT Fall 2017
DES Winter RIT 2017
DES Spring RIT 2018
Areas of Notable Achievement
Areas in Need of Improvement
2. Which area indicates the lowest performance?
4. Which of the above reported findings are consistent with NWEA?
Description of Program
Dayton Elementary implements a 90 minute reading block K-5. Each literacy block contains a mini-lesson, word work for K-2, vocabulary instruction, and time to read books at instructional and independent levels.
According to the most recent data (2018-2019 report card) showed we had 71.7% of our students passing the English Language Arts ISTEP+. We feel comfortable with keeping our goal of 80% of students demonstrating proficiency on ILEARN.
Goal 1: 80% of Dayton Elementary School students will demonstrate proficiency by passing the English/Language Arts portion of the ILEARN by May 24, 2018.
Strategy 1: Students identified as needing support according to TRC and/or NWEA will receive Tier 2 support as space allows in the form of LLI, Optimize, or Comprehension Toolkit lessons. Pull out will begin mid-September and continue to the end of the school year. Carol Grady is responsible.
Strategy 2: Teachers in grades K-5 will utilize TRC and Fountas and Pinnell leveling systems to drive instruction and monitor student literacy growth. Leveling will take place in August 2018-April 2019, with benchmarks a minimum of three times per year. All teachers in grades K-5 are responsible.
Strategy 3: Teachers in grades K-5 will utilize the Lucy Calkins’ Writing Units of Study to increase students’ understanding of writing components. Writing instruction will begin in September of the 2018-2019 school year and will continue until the end of the year. All teachers in grades K-5 are responsible.
Strategy 4: Teachers in grades K-5 will present weekly direct vocabulary instruction and/or word work. Instruction will begin in August of the 2018-2019 school year and will continue until the end of the year. All teachers in grades K-5 are responsible.
Strategy 5: Interventionists will provide blitz group small group instruction 4 days/week in grades K-3. Teachers and interventionists will meet weekly to review student data, modify groups, and make instructional adjustments. Groups will begin in September and will continue to the end of the 2018-2019 school year. All teachers in grades K-3 are responsible.
Description of Program: Dayton Elementary implements a minimum 60 minute Math instructional block. Teachers utilize the Ready Math textbook, supplemental materials, and technology based resources such as IXL, IReady, and/or Smart Notebook.
According to the most recent data (2018-2019 Report Card) we had 60.4% of our students passing the Math portion of ISTEP+.
Goal 1: 80% of Dayton Elementary School students will demonstrate proficiency by passing the Math portion of the ILEARN and/or each grade level will show improvement in the NWEA Math mean grade level RIT score from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019.
Strategy 1: (Activity / Begin date / End Date/ Resources/ Source of Funding / Staff Responsible) Students in grades 3-5 will receive direct instruction from Highly Qualified teachers, as well as, receive push in support from a Title I aide, classroom interventionist or an inclusion teacher. Grades 3-5 for targeted due to ILEARN. Support will begin in September 2018 and continue to the end of the school year. Mr. Simmons and 3-5 classroom teachers are responsible.
Strategy 2: Five NWEA trained teachers will train grade levels on how to read reports and analyze data, which will drive instruction and assist with the grouping of students to appropriately differentiate.
Strategy 3: K-5 teachers will supplement Ready Math instruction with technology-based resources such as IXL, Smart Notebook, and/or IReady. Supplementation will begin on in September 2018 and continue to the end of the school year. K-5 teachers are responsible.
Strategy 4: K-5 teachers will place an emphasis on Fact Fluency. Students who achieve proficiency will sign the Math Wall of Fame in grades 1-5. Implementation will begin in September 2018 and continue to the end of the school year.
Strategy 5: Teachers will analyze NWEA and IREADY data to help tailor instruction to student needs.
TITLE 1 SCHOOLWIDE PLAN REQUIREMENTS
The school assures the following requirements have been met (Sections 111(b)(1), 1114 (b)(1)(A) and the 1309 (s) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).
Assurance 1: A Comprehensive Needs Assessment of the whole school has been completed.
Comment: Teachers in grades K-2 will use the TRC reading assessments 3 times a year (September, January, and April). Teachers will complete the assessments by the corporation deadlines. Teachers in grades 3-5 will use Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark assessments in reading three times a year (beginning and end of year). Grades 3-5 will use Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark for middle of the year for students below benchmark only. In addition, they will use NWEA Assessments in Language Arts and Math 3 times a year (September, November, and February). Teachers will be responsible for making sure all of their students complete the assessments. Data meetings will be held to discuss the results of the assessment to create small groups for remediation and acceleration, and review best practices.
Assurance 2: There is implementation of schoolwide reform strategies that provide opportunities for all children to meet proficient and advanced levels of student academic achievement.
Comment: Dayton Elementary provides an enriched and accelerated curriculum for students. Teachers and parents complete recommendation sheets to determine who will be assessed for possible qualification. This process occurs each spring for grades 1-5. Qualifying K-1st students will be placed in a pull-out enrichment program. This program will begin in the second semester each year, and the enrichment teacher will provide students with 30 minutes per week of instruction in a rigorous curriculum. Qualifying 2nd-5th grade students will be placed in a self-contained 2/3 or 4/5 high ability class. High ability classroom teachers will daily offer those students a rigorous and accelerated curriculum. General education teachers will encourage high performing students to enroll in Super Saturday through Purdue University. Additionally, general education teachers will use differentiated, small group instruction based on student text levels and/or assessment data in reading and math to continue to challenge students on a daily basis.
Dayton Elementary teachers will utilize the scope and sequence for the Houghton-Mifflin Journey’s reading series to guide on-level direct instruction during the core 90 minute reading block K-5. During the 90 minute reading block, the classroom teacher and and highly qualified instructional assistants will work with students for 30 minutes in small groups or one-on-one to provide explicit instruction with leveled texts or self-selected good fit books.
Assurance 3: There is implementation of schoolwide reform strategies that use effective methods and instructional strategies that are based on scientifically based research that: strengthens the core academic program, increases the amount of learning time, includes strategies for serving underserved populations, includes strategies to address the needs of all children in the school, but particularly low achieving children and those at risk of not meeting state standards, address how the school will determine if those needs of the children have been met, and are consistent with, and are designed to implement state and local improvement plans, if any.
Comment:Grade level teachers, Title I staff, and the building administrator will meet to discuss student data collected through the TRC, Fountas and Pinnell text leveling, and NWEA and ISTEP to determine students in need of secondary interventions. Students identified as at-risk or not making adequate progress will receive targeted interventions 3-5 times per week outside of the 90 minute reading block by a highly qualified instructional assistant or certified teacher. Specific interventions include, but are not limited to Levelled Literacy Intervention, Comprehension Toolkit, Reading Eggs, Ready Math, and Optimize. Progress will be monitored to determine if interventions should change.
Assurance 4: There are highly qualified teachers in all core content area classes.
Comment: To ensure that all of our students are taught by highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals, we will 1) hire only highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals 2) help those who are not highly qualified develop and implement a personalized plan for becoming highly qualified, 3) make sure that our low-achieving students are taught by highly qualified teachers and paraprofessionals.
The Tippecanoe School Corporation maintains an expectation that all teachers are highly qualified in elementary classrooms and Title I positions. Corporation expectations include: 1) All teachers holding a valid Indiana Teaching License. 2) Identification of how each teacher qualifies as highly qualified whether by Pearson Core, PRAXIS, NTE, HOUSSE, or CAS. 3) All current instructional assistants in the school are highly qualified. The corporation maintains the expectation that any future instructional assistants hired will be highly qualified at the time of their hiring. 4) Information is available at the corporation and school level for teachers and instructional assistant candidates to become highly qualified before hiring can occur. 5) List is maintained at the building level and with the corporation personnel office of all teachers and instructional assistants and their highly qualified status and method for qualification. 6) If a teacher is found to not be HQ in a particular area, a plan is developed for this teacher to become highly qualified, or the teacher is moved to a position in which they are highly qualified. Support is offered at the building and corporation level about how to take and pass the Pearson Core exam. In special education teaching situations, in-services are provided by the local special education cooperative to ensure PGP points are gathered to meet the required need as well. Also, we will make parents aware of the school’s progress in employing all highly qualified teachers and professionals by mailing an informational letter to all parents during the first quarter of each school year.
Assurance 5: There is high quality and on-going professional development for teachers, principals, and paraprofessionals.
Comment: Dayton Elementary School has a daily Instructional Improvement Block prior to the start of the school day from 8:15-8:45. During this time teachers participate in collaboration, problem solving meetings, and direct instruction on various aspects of curriculum instruction including vocabulary development, small group literacy best practice, mathematical practices, and behavioral interventions and practices. Training will be provided by the Principal or designated staff member with specialized knowledge and training. Some topics during the 2018-2019 school year will be on NWEA data, math vocabulary, attendance, Leader in Me and ILEARN/IREAD-3 prep.
The Principal and Title I Lead Teacher will meet periodically with Title I aides to provide direct instruction in best practices in reading and math, review running record data, and provide support.
Assurance 6: There are strategies to attract high-quality, highly qualified teachers to this school.
Comment: Central Office Administration will continue to advertise the New Teacher Academy to prospective new teachers on an ongoing basis to attract highly qualified teachers. Building principals and central office staff will attend Teacher Recruitment Fairs at colleges throughout the state. To ensure that students are taught by highly qualified teachers, we will 1) review teacher qualifications annually, 2) assign only highly qualified teachers to low achieving students and 3) encourage our highly qualified teachers to stay at our school by continuing to have a close partnership with Purdue University. Dayton Elementary will continue to participate in teacher education programs by Purdue’s Block program. Dayton Elementary will also continue to host Student Teachers. By creating partnerships with our local university and with the community, we will continue to attract highly qualified teachers. Dayton Elementary will also encourage our highly qualified teachers to remain by providing a supportive and caring environment and by providing high quality professional development opportunities.
Assurance 7:There are strategies to increase parental involvement, such as literacy services.
Comment: The strategy chair will provide resources and ideas that will assist teachers in providing opportunities to keep parents actively involved in their child’s education. The Title I Lead Teacher will provide information to parents regarding math and reading support via newsletter. The importance of parent involvement will be stressed during professional development.
On the Title I website http://mme.tsc.k12.in.us/index.cfm?newsid=1596&pagetype=0&dir=3 parents will be able to click on an icon that will link them to the Indiana Parent Information and Resource Center (PIRC) at www.fscp.org. Parents will be informed of this website during the Annual Title One meeting in September. There will also be a link on our school website and information in the monthly school newsletter.
Assurance 8: The school will provide individual academic assessment results to parents. If so, describe how this will be done.
Comment: Report cards will continue to be sent home quarterly by all classroom teachers. Information regarding the TRC, NWEA, and ILEARN assessments will be included, along with the students’ grades for each quarter and comments that document students’ strengths and/or weaknesses. Assessment results will be written in a language that the child’s family understands.
Assurance 9: There are strategies to involve parents in the planning, review, and improvement of the school-wide plan.
Comment: Parents will be invited in the fall to attend a Title I parent information meeting to inform them of their school’s participation in Title I, Part A programs, and to explain the Title I, Part A requirements and the right of parents to be involved in those programs and all other required IDOE components. Documentation including an agenda and a parent sign-in sheet will be kept in preparation for a DOE monitoring visit. Parents were consulted ,via email and personal contact, for input on the schoolwide plan.
Parents, Title I staff, and administrators are invited to participate in the annual review/revision of the School-Parent Involvement Policy at the corporation and school level. This policy will be written with meaningful parent input and include all the IDOE requirements. This policy will be reviewed each spring and distributed at the beginning of each school year to all parents.
Assurance 10: There are plans for assisting preschool children in the transition from early childhood programs such as Head Start, Even Start, Early Reading First or a state-run preschool.
In conjunction with our annual "Kindergarten Round Up" and the meeting that our corporation-wide preschool transition committee will be holding with area preschools, Dayton Elementary will hold a workshop for incoming kindergarten students and their parents each spring. Parents and students will attend an evening workshop in which they will learn about the kindergarten curriculum. Prospective students will be able to participate in a variety of learning opportunities during the event and receive a book and other readiness supplies to use over the summer.
Assurance 11: There are opportunities and expectations for teachers to be included in the decision making related to the use of academic assessment results leading to the improvement of student achievement.
Comment: Teachers utilize time during the Instructional Improvement Block to analyze assessment results and collaborate on strategies to maximize the improvement of student achievement. Teachers also are the driving force in the school’s Response to Intervention collaborative meetings where all data is reviewed by the RTI team to develop customized plans for student achievement. Team members include Teacher, Principal, Parent or Guardian, School Psychologist, and additional staff as deemed relevant to the individual student’s needs.
Assurance 12: There are activities and programs at the school level to ensure that students having difficulty mastering proficient and advanced levels of academic achievement are provided with effective, timely additional assistance.
Comment: Grade level teachers, Title I staff, and the building administrator will meet to discuss student data collected through the TRC, Fountas and Pinnell text leveling, and NWEA to determine students in need of secondary interventions. Students identified as at-risk or not making adequate progress will receive targeted interventions 3-5 times per week outside of the 90 minute reading block by a highly qualified instructional assistant or certified teacher. Progress will be monitored to determine if interventions should change.
Assurance 13: The school participates in the coordination and integration of federal,state, and local funds; and resources such as in-kind services and program components.
Comment: Dayton Elementary participates in the coordination of funding sources such as Title III, Gifted and Talented grant, General Fund and GLASS to assure customized and seamless instructional services for our students.