Career Development School Annual Education Report


January 31, 2017

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2015-16 educational progress for Career Development School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Instructional Services Director Mary Jane Evink at 616.850.5075 for assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following website https://goo.gl/eMiI1i, or you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school.

For the 2016-17 year, no new Priority or Focus schools were named; some Priority or Focus schools did exit their status because they met the exit criteria. New Reward schools were identified using school rankings and Beating the Odds information. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap between the highest and lowest achieving 30% of schools. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Reward school is one that has achieved one or more of the following distinctions: top 5% of schools on the Top-to-Bottom School Rankings, top 5% of schools making the greatest gains in achievement (improvement metric), or “Beating the Odds” by outperforming the school’s predicted ranking and/or similar schools. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no label is given.

Our school has not been given one of those labels.

Our challenges continue to be the economic hardship we deal with on a daily basis. Currently, over 74 percent of our student population receives "free or reduced lunch". Coupled with the fact nearly 20 percent of our current student population is "homeless", we have some unique challenges and barriers to overcome with our students. Our key initiatives for the Career Development School include, but are not limited to the following:

Mentoring

According to Dr. Ruby Paine in her work “Building the Bridge out of Poverty”, the only thing which truly works for an individual student stuck in the poverty cycle is a "one-to-one relationship" with a role model. This role model can work with the individual to overcome the barriers of poverty. Currently we have over 40 students involved in a one-to-one mentoring program with individuals from our community. Local school board members, our superintendent, business leaders, our school principal, and our retired superintendent are examples of the individuals who work with our students an hour a week in a one-on-one environment. The program is showing tremendous impact. Nearly all students involved in the mentoring program see a tremendous gain in their overall grade point average, with some gains approaching 300 percent. We are very encouraged by the results of the mentoring program and hope to have the opportunity to connect all of our students with a mentor.

Educational Alternatives

The Career Development School provides students who are currently attending a comprehensive traditional local high school an educational alternative if they seek this change. And this is not when the alternatives end for our students. Students who do not find success at our Career Development School have two more alternatives with Central High School and the Grand Haven Cyber School.

  • Central High School is a 9-12 traditional high school with the goal of having students earn their high school diploma.
  • Grand Haven Cyber School - "anytime, anywhere" is truly the motto of this educational opportunity. The Cyber School program is designed for those students who need to complete the requirements of high school graduation, but would like an alternative to a traditional school program. The students who attend this program participate in a rigorous curriculum that challenges and prepares them for postsecondary opportunities and results, upon completion of the program, in high school graduation.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

Pupil Assignment

Career Development students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.

3-5 Year School Improvement

We are currently in year 4 of our current 5 year plan.

Parent – Teacher Conferences

In 2014-15, 55 percent in the fall and the spring were represented by parents/guardians at parent-teacher conferences. In 2013-14, 72 percent in the fall and 69 percent in the spring were represented by parents/guardians at parent-teacher conferences.

Michigan State Standards

Grand Haven Area Public Schools has joined the state of Michigan in adopting Michigan's State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards. We continue to transition from the Grade Level Content Expectations and High School Content Expectations to fully adopt a more rigorous curriculum in English Language arts, math, and science. We will use the state standards in social studies until new standards are adopted. A copy of the core curriculum, its implementation, and how it may vary from state curriculum can be accessed by contacting the Office of Instructional Services at 616.850.5075.

Career Development School continues to offer students high quality educational alternatives for successful completion of the high school graduation requirements.

Sincerely,

Paul Kunde, Principal

Career Development School

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