SCHOOL ANNUAL EDUCATION REPORT (AER) COVER LETTER
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER), which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for the Madison Academy. 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 Tricia Osborne, Elementary/Middle School Principal for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site https://goo.gl.roPwlf or you may review a copy in the main office at your child's school.
The data from the Combined Report for the past two school years 2013-14 and 2014-15 shows that Madison is performing below the state average on reading, math, science and social studies. The staff and administration are working diligently to decrease the achievement gap of all subgroups and raise achievement scores of all subgroups.
Madison has put in place several implementations to address the academic concerns in math and reading including Rtl, Remediations, and Re-teaching. In addition, monthly assessments are administered to test for objective mastery in Math, Reading and Science. Staff attends trainings and strategic professional development to work on improving instructional delivery and design.
A positive Behavior Support System has also been implemented school-wide in order to increase classroom productivity.
1. Admission into Madison:
parents interested in enrolling their child at Madison Academy first complete an application during the open enrollment period. If spaces are available in the desired grade level, students are then accepted. If there are not open spaces, students that have a sibling currently attending Madison will be given preference. All other applicants are placed into a lottery. Those students not selected during the lottery process are placed at the beginning of the waiting list. Any application after the open enrollment period is either accepted, if there are openings, or placed on a waiting list. Parents are notified as soon as there is an opening.
2. School Improvement Plan
The school improvement team has developed four goals to improve the achievement at Madison. Measurement will be based on M-Step and Global scholars results for students in grades 3-8 and Global Scholars for student's kindergarten through eighth grade.
Goal 1: All students will increase proficiency in Reading
Measurable Objective 1:
A total of 280 Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students will collaborate to increase the school average NPR on Global Scholars by 5% tile points in Reading by 06/30/2016 as measured by Global Scholars.
Goal 2: all Students will show increased classroom productivity
Measurable Objective 2:
75% of Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students will demonstrate a behavior of time on task and productivity in Reading and in Mathematics by 06/30/2016 as measured by student engagement and PowerSchool discipline entries.
Goal 3: All students will increase proficiency in writing
Measurable Objective 3:
35% of Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students will demonstrate a proficiency in writing and English Language Arts in Writing by 06/30/2016 as measured by either a score of a 3 or 4 on the school-wide writing rubrics.
Goal 4: All students will increase proficiency in math
Measurable Objective 4:
A total of 280 Kindergarten, First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth grade students will collaborate to increase the school average NPR on Global Scholars by 5% tile points in Mathematics by 06/30/2016 as measured by Global Scholars math test.
3. Overview of Madison Academy
Madison Academy is not a specialized school. Madison Academy successfully completed its first year of school operation during the 2004-2005 academic school year and serviced students in grades K-5. Additional grade levels were added each year with high school being added in 2009 Grades K-12 were achieved in 2011-12. Madison Academy prides itself in having a strong academic program. The Academy promotes academic excellence for all students in mathematics, reading, language arts, social studies, and science. In addition, all students are provided experiences in computers, art, music, Spanish, and physical education. Furthermore Madison, through its various events, embraces the cultural diversity of its student body.
At Madison Academy, educators are obsessed with extraordinary education. We continuously seek best practices, including through "Select Standards" we all share. Below are some select standards:
Goal Standard 1: Vision
The select standard schools will create a culture generating ownership, commitment, and energy toward making the school vision become a reality. Striving for excellence is a given. Beyond that, each school advances chosen concepts such as character, value, artistry, diversity, etc.
Goal Standard 3: High Quality Staff
Madison Academy employs highly qualified teaching staff.
Goal Standard 4: Curriculum Framework
All students are provided a guaranteed, viable, and rigorous curriculum focused on student growth through the Habits of Mind 21st Century skills. We review and update objectives for every lesson, so everything we do is relevant in tomorrow's world.
Goal Standard 5: Assessments
Are children making progress? What specific concepts have they mastered...or not? If they're not "getting it," why not? We measure. Evaluate. Adapt. Then we start the process again.
Goal Standard 6: Instructional Practices
The select standards schools will implement proven research based best practices to structure teaching and learning to focus on mastery of learning targets for all students.
Goal Standard 7: Remediation and Enrichment
The select standards schools will implement a remediation and enrichment program focused on progression of learning and success for ALL students. Every student should have an individualized learning plan tailored to his or her strengths and challenges. Our lessons, assistance and programs proactively take all children forward.
Goal Standard 8: Special Education
The select standard schools will have high expectations and measurable goals for students with disabilities, and will use these goals and expectations to drive instruction and determine educational programming.
Goal standard 9: Professional Development
The select standard schools will create a high quality professional learning community. Educational practices evolve swiftly, so we make high-quality professional development a priority. Our teams study with some of the greatest, most energized, most inspiring leaders in education.
Characteristics of Madison Academy
The administration, faculty, and staff endeavor to apply the following principles in carrying out their responsibilities of leading students to develop positive character in each of these areas:
To Maintain a High Academic Standard
-through a thorough master of the skills of communication and other academic disciplines so that the students will be prepared to acquire further knowledge.
-through the desire to work and to acquire knowledge at maximum ability.
-through the ability to discern fact from fiction.
To instill Morals
-through the development of an appreciation for the values accrued from our past cultural heritage.
-through encouragement of the desire to choose right over wrong and to hold to one's convictions under pressure.
To Generate Patriotism
-through the teaching of loyalty to our country and a recognition of the actions, which undermine our country's foundation.
-through development of a desire to become involved citizens of this nation.
-through the teaching of Core Democratic Values provided by The Michigan Department of Education.
To Live A Disciplined Life
-through the exercising of self-restraint and consideration of others.
-through cooperation and consideration for administrators, staff, parents, and peers.
This is the foundation and model of Madison Academy. which makes the school stand out from others in the surrounding area.
Madison Academy utilizes the following process to develop and align its curriculum to ensure that all Common Core objectives are met.
-Research appropriate development levels for academic skills
-Research Common Core Standards
-Research other state and school curriculum frameworks
-Consideration of M-Step and other performance indicators including Global Scholars
-Consider modes of instruction, i.e. Experiential, Multiple Intelligences, small group and large group
-Work in reverse (twelfth grade to kindergarten) to set exit skill criteria for each grade level based on research finding
-Integration of Career Pathways into core curriculum
-Review forward (K to twelfth) and backward for easy transition
-Receive approval from authorizer, Bay Mills Community College
-Choose necessary materials
Madison uses multiple modes of instruction to ensure all students have the same opportunity to learn the core curriculum, including a strong focus on Multiple Intelligences, individual developmental readiness, and small group instruction. Parents can access a copy of the core curriculum in the school office.
5. Achievement Tests
Madison Academy Elementary/Middle School conducted Global Scholars assessments in 2nd-8th grade in the fall of 2014, winter of 2015 and spring of 2015. This district assessment is designed to show a student's achievement growth during the school year. Results by subject and grade are presented in this report for the mean NPR percentage scores of students for the spring of 2014-2015.
State assessments that are given during the school year are included in the AER Report on the district website.
Spring 2014 & Spring 2015 Global Scholars Data:
In the fall of 2013 the school-wide average for reading was 33.2 NPR and in the spring the school-wide average rose to a 42.42 NPR, increasing over 9.22 percentile points fall 2013 to Spring 2014. In the fall of 2014 the school-wide reading avrage was 32. 57 and in the spring the school-wide average rose to a 40.71 NPR, increasing over 8.14 percentile points.
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In the fall of 2013 the school-wide average for math was 32.14. NPR and in the spring the school-wide reading average was 36.14 and in the spring the school-wide average rose to a 43.71 NPR, increasing over 7.57 percentile points.
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6. Parent Teacher Conferences
In 2014-2015 the percent of parents attending at least one conference was 56% this compares to 63% of parents attending the Elementary/Middle School conferences during the 2013-2014 school year.
The Administration and faculty of Madison Academy Elementary/Middle School encourage all parents and community members to review the information provided in this cover letter and the attached data report. Administrators, staff and students are encouraged by the positive results contained within and look forward to continued success in the future.
Tricia M. Osborne
Elementary/Middle School Principal