On the Move to Improve

  • Sharon Middle/High School

    IU4 - Midwestern Intermediate Unit (MIU)
    Sharon City SD
    1129 East State Street
    1129 East State Street
    Sharon, PA 16146

  • Success Story Contact

    Gary McElfresh
    Phone: 724-983-4030
    Email: gary_mcelfresh@sharon.k12.pa.us

  • BSE/PaTTAN’s Role in Success:

    PaTTAN provided training and follow-up support in progress monitoring and PVAAS.

In the 2007-08 school year, Sharon City School District’s focus was to increase the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status at the building level at the Junior/Senior High Schools. To achieve that goal, the district worked in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Distinguished School Leaders, PaTTAN, and the Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV to make AYP in the special education subgroup.

The team undertook the task by first looking at the data available, including using Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS) projections, Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) data, and 4Sight baseline information to target specific 7th and 8th grade students to move them to proficiency. After analyzing the data, the first steps the team took were to redevelop the schedule and offer teachers more instruction from Highly Qualified Teachers. They established support classes, which were used to preteach and reteach reading and math concepts to students who receive special education. Targeted students received one-on-one intensive tutoring, based on each student’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP)*, including past PSSA scores and 4Sight scores. A progress monitoring binder, with a log of specific activities and data for math and reading probes used for assessment, was then created for every student in the pilot group. The initial student group consisted of 30 7th and 8th grade students.By looking at ILPs and creating a progress monitoring plan, teachers were able to make linkages across the board for these students and could clearly see the path each student needed to take in order to increase their achievement. From an instructor’s standpoint, they now had clear standards, a curricular framework, and an effective plan for instruction for all students.

After all the planning and implementation the question left was will this work? The answer is a resounding yes! The result of the entire effort was that Sharon City School District achieved AYP Safe Harbor percentages at the middle/high school level for the Individualized Education Program Subgroup for the 2007-08 school year. Congratulations to Sharon City School District for their Success Story!*Individual Learning Plans are developed for all students in Sharon City School District.