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October 29, 2015

Dear Parents,

The federal education legislation, No Child Left Behind, mandates that all students must be 100% proficient on reading and math academic standards by 2014. Schools are expected to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward that goal. The state reading goal for last year was to have 100% students proficient in grade 3-8 & 11. The state math proficiency goal was 100% for grades 3-8 & 11. Additional information about how our school compared to other schools in the state is available on the State of the Schools Report which is available for public viewing from the Nebraska Department of Education website (education.ne.gov).

If a school does not meet the state goal two years in a row, in the same grade level and same subject, they are identified as “In Need of Improvement.” A school can be removed from School Improvement Status after all subgroups meet the AYP goals for two consecutive years. Buffalo Elementary is in year 1 of Title I School Improvement Status. The following table illustrates our students’ overall performance over the past three years.

Buffalo Elementary did not meet AYP in 2014-2015 in 3 subgroups in Reading and 3 subgroups in Math.  Buffalo Elementary remains in School Improvement Status until all subgroups are able to meet the reading and math goals two years in a row.

Percent Proficient by Grade

 

Reading Percent Proficient

Math Percent Proficient 

 

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

2010-2011

90

76

61

74

50

39

2011-2012

83

68

65

77

61

57

2012-2013

94

68

84

91

76

72

2013-2014

82

81

50

91

81

47

2014-2015

94

85

84

94

93

84

If you would like to compare the Buffalo Elementary test scores with other North Platte Elementary Schools, visit the State of the Schools Report on the website: http://reportcard.education.ne.gov/Default_State.aspx.

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires each school identified for Title I School Improvement to offer Public School Choice to all students who attend the identified school.

Because of the status, the school must develop and implement a two-year plan to help the subgroups to meet the goal. The plan includes strategies to promote parent involvement as well as incorporated instructional strategies based on scientifically based research. Buffalo Elementary School has numerous strategies implemented to help raise student achievement. We will continue to offer summer school for students as well as providing an Intervention and Enrichment period for all students for 55 minutes per day. We have also implemented the Journey’s Language Arts curriculum as well as intensive reading rotations in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade.  This year we have purchased more technology which will give students more practice on essential skills and we subscribe to Raz-Kids, Lexia, Accelerated Reader, Reflex Math, Spelling City, I-Ready and IXL. We will also continue the use of intensive reading and math classes daily during school. All the above mentioned intervention strategies are a great resource for all our students, but they cannot begin to succeed without the support of the parents. If your student is invited to participate in SAT or Tier 2 of RTI, please help make sure they will attend. It is the hope of Buffalo Elementary staff and the district that these changes, with others, will help us to meet the goal this year and every year after. Our students do not have another choice of schools within our district and as a result our students do not qualify for Public School Choice

All students benefit greatly from parents being involved in many ways. Asking questions, having students read aloud, and setting aside a time and place for homework are only a few of the things that you can do. Your child’s teacher can give you additional strategies to work on at home. Student achievement is a partnership between school and home and a strong partnership has been proven to be effective in helping student achievement. Please call Mrs. Clavel at 308-535-7142 if you have any questions about the AYP status or the plan to improve the academic achievement of all subgroups at Buffalo Elementary.

Sincerely,  

Linda Clavel

Buffalo Elementary, Principal