Loudoun County Public Schools
Comprehensive Needs Assessment - Executive Summary
School Improvement Team:
Provide descriptive information related to the curriculum, instructional programs, and/or existing interventions to support the academic, behavioral, and/or social emotional needs for all students.
Legacy Elementary is located in the Brambleton community in Ashburn, Virginia. This year, our enrollment is 700 students and our enrollment includes students from preschool through fifth grade. Our demographics are:
At Legacy Elementary, we also have 9.6% (73) economically disadvantaged students, 7.7% (54) English Learners and 12.9% (90) special education students.
At Legacy Elementary, our vision is that everyone, everyday feels a sense of belonging, are engaged and challenged. To begin each day, our students are provided social emotional learning within the classroom setting to prepare our students for success and build their social emotional well-being and a sense of belonging. Each week, the PBIS committee has created LAB life lessons that reflect a social skill that each student and staff are focused on to build a well-rounded student ready for life. Some of the skills include greeting others, how to ask for assistance, shaking hands, and how to include others in a conversation.
Our students are provided learning opportunities and differentiated instruction in math, reading, science and social science. All classroom teachers are trained in Reading and Writing Workshop. This year, students in grades K-3 will have explicit instruction in phonemic awareness and phonics to strengthen their reading foundation to advance our students to a higher level of reading. Our students are identified for reading intervention that occurs each week during lab time based on PALS, DRA, DRA Progress Monitoring and MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) assessments. Interventions are provided based on identified weaknesses with progress monitoring to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.
Classroom teachers use the Math Workshop model to differentiate math core instruction for all students. Daily math instruction is provided using the Math Workshop model which includes a mini lesson and differentiated small group instruction. Based on classroom and MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) assessments, our students are identified for math intervention that occurs each week during lab time. Interventions are provided based on identified weaknesses with progress monitoring to determine the effectiveness of the intervention.
Legacy Elementary has implemented PBIS to incorporate positive behavior support for the success of our students both inside and outside the classroom setting. This year, students are learning to work together to create rewards as a class and not just as an individual. In the cafeteria, students are now working as a grade level to reach rewards for positive behavior.
Our school is a Personalized Learning School. We are a Wave 6 school and this year our focus is Goal Setting, Collaboration and Creativity. Our students will continue to have a flexible path and pace and targeted instruction within their reading and math instruction. This year, we are working to provide personalized professional development to our certified staff to allow teachers and staff to focus on topics of interest and to build each staff member's capacity as a lifelong learner.
Extended Learning Opportunities
Provide information to describe extended learning opportunities for students, staff, families and community.
Legacy Elementary is a Computer Science School. Our focus this year will be fourth and fifth grade students to build a strong foundation in computational thinking for our upper level students. Our Instructional Facilitator for Computer Science works with our staff and students weekly to engage students in computer science activities that enhance the content areas. At least once a month, all classrooms will have lessons in our Creation Station, where they will access these lessons. These lessons will include STEM activities and computer science.
Legacy Elementary provides teachers with enrichment opportunities for students to experience during LAB time created by the Search Teacher and the Instructional Facilitator of Technology.
Areas of Strength
Summary statements for domains providing evidence of analysis of trend data over a 3-year period and data triangulation to confirm areas of strength. Provide a clear connection between outcomes and contributing factors.
SOL Assessments: Legacy Elementary is fully accredited with the Commonwealth of Virginia. In Spring 2022, our third through fifth grade students scored a 95% pass rate in math. Every ethnicity group was above 90% other than Hispanic students. Special education went up 16% points in math. In Spring 2022, our third through fifth grade students scored an overall pass rate of 95% in English. Our students with special needs went up 16% points. EL students passed reading with a 96% pass rate. Over the past three years, our staff has been dedicated to the implementation of Math workshop and Reading workshop. These two research based instructional resources have assisted our students in making growth even through COVID closures.
MAP Assessments: In the Spring of 2022, our students had a 69.7% average achievement in math and 69.5% in reading. In math, our students in grades first through fifth had a 57.8% average conditional growth. Reading average conditional growth - 52.9%, Meeting growth goals - math 54.8% and reading 57.1%. Consistent growth across ethnicities.
Student Perception Survey: When reviewing perception data for students in grades 3- 5, the following statements showed growth from our students. The statements that showed growth were: I can work and learn from other people to solve problems together, I learn about people that are different from me, and I can name the feelings of others.
Staff Perception: When reviewing perception data from our staff, the following statements showed growth from the previous years. This also reflects the focus that our administrative staff did to build a stronger community at Legacy. The statements were:
Parent Perception Survey: When reviewing perception data from our families, the areas where growth was shown were the following:
Areas for Growth
Summary statements for domains providing evidence of analysis of trend data over a 3-year period and data triangulation to confirm areas of concern. Provide a clear connection between outcomes and contributing factors.
SOL Assessments: When reviewing the data, our staff found specific areas of growth with science and special education. Our fifth grade students had a passing rate of 85.19 which is a decrease from the previous year. Our fourth and fifth grade teams have worked to determine the deficit areas created by instruction and hands-on activities to build a stronger understanding of science for our students. Special Education students are still below the school overall scores in math and reading although there has been a marked increase in both areas. This increase is directly related to ensuring that all students receive high quality core instruction, re-teaching and intensive remediation if warranted.
Over the past year, the growth for EL students in reading is only 49.7%. There have been specific discussions about the importance of building vocabulary and ensuring that all students have scaffolding to master the instruction given through core instruction. Hispanic students are lower in conditional growth percentile.
Student Perception Survey:
The areas of growth that were found when reviewing the survey was:
Staff Perception Survey:
The areas of growth that were found when reviewing our staff perception survey were as follows:
Family Perception Survey: On the family perception survey, noted areas of growth are as follows:
After reviewing these areas, the school leadership team worked to ensure that all staff and students created a focus on our students and ensure that they feel like they belong as well as engaged in classroom instruction each day.
School Improvement Goals
STRAND I: TEACHING FOR LEARNING
Domain 1 - English Language Arts
Students below the 40th achievement percentile on MAP in reading will have a fall to spring conditional growth percentile of 70 or higher and students above the 50th achievement percentile on MAP in reading will have a fall to spring conditional growth percentile of 60 or higher.
Our school focus will be on strengthening core instruction to include high yield strategies of Reader's Workshop, intentional phonics instruction, and data driven decision making. Tiered Instruction will be provided to students that require this to access the general education curriculum.
Domain 2 - Mathematics
Students below the 40th achievement percentile on MAP in math will have a fall to spring conditional growth percentile of 70 or higher and students above the 50th achievement percentile on MAP in reading will have a fall to spring conditional growth percentile of 60 or higher.
Our school focus will be on strengthening core instruction to include high yield strategies of Math Workshop, Number talks, and data driven decision making. Tiered Instruction will be provided to students that require this to access the general education curriculum.
School Improvement Goals
Strand II: School Environment
Domain 8 - Safe and Supportive Environments
By 2024, Legacy Elementary will increase the implementation of an inclusive, welcoming and affirming environment for all community stakeholders, as evidenced by increased positive responses on our family and student climate surveys.
All Legacy staff will be provided professional development in SEL Curriculum and Equity to assist in fostering an inclusive environment for all students.