Ferry 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 Ferry Elementary. 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/QlRdPT, 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 these labels.

Based on the combined report, we continue to have a hyper-focus on third and fourth grade ELA and Math. The principal has hired an additional full-time reading assistant to assist in first and second grades literacy specials and to continually progress monitor individual students who are not at benchmark. Additionally, a half-time math interventionist was hired utilizing the same protocol as the first and second grade literacy specials. Further, we have now added "math specials" for third and fourth grades.

State law requires that we also report additional information.

 Pupil Assignment

Ferry School’s students are assigned to our building by geographic boundaries as well as schools of choice requests.

3-5 Year School Improvement Plan

We are in the second year of our School Improvement Plan.

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.

Parent - Teacher Conferences

Our school program is effective because of the consistent support from our parents. In 2014-15, 309 (98 percent) in the fall, and (98 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences. In 2013-2014, 294 students (98.5 percent) in the fall, and 292 (98.5 percent) in the spring were represented by parents at parent-teacher conferences.

Our instruction continues to have a laser-like focus on individual support for struggling students. Our instruction is more data-driven than ever before and we are utilizing best-practice instructional delivery.

Sincerely,

Steven Avram, Principal

Ferry Elementary School/Voyager School

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