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					SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

          2008-2011

       Laney High School



       Rigor



       Relevance


       Relationships

  New Hanover County Schools
                                           Executive Summary

                                                   Laney High School

       Laney's School Improvement Plan was developed by the School Improvement Team using input from all
staff members. The School Improvement Team approved the goals of the plan and the plan reached final
approval through total faculty vote. The vote was done by secret ballot and was approved 90 – 1. Laney’s School
Improvement Team consists of representatives from each grade level, each department, support staff, custodial
staff, administration, guidance, students and five parents representing the diversity of our student population and
our various booster groups. All departments worked collaboratively with department heads, cluster groups, and
administration to design and to support the goals that were formulated by the School Improvement Team.
       The goals designed by the School Improvement Team were formulated from the review of relevant school
data. The following pieces of data were used in this endeavor: End of Course test scores from all tested subjects
for the past two years (Alg. 2, Biology, Physical Science, Physics, Chemistry not included in ABC growth for 2008-
-2009) Annual Yearly Progress data, parent and student surveys, Teacher Working Condition Survey and relevant
school data (EC referrals, discipline data, volunteer hours, etc.). An analysis of the data indicates that Laney has
performed both above and below the state average in end of course testing. Specifically, Laney showed an overall
increase in proficiencies in all areas with the exception of English 1 and Algebra 1. The overall school composite
increased almost 3% and a total of almost 8% in two years. Laney also saw a decrease on our graduation cohort
rate as indicated on Laney’s Annual Yearly Progress report. Laney scored above the state average in 7 of 10
EOC areas.
        Laney met 14 of 19 Annual Yearly Progress goals. This is a five goal increase from last school year. A
closer look at the data indicates that only English 1 met the required growth goal and only 49% (5 % increase from
previous year) of our students met the expected ABC growth goal as a whole, based on the total composite. A
review of Laney’s Annual Yearly Progress data demonstrates that achievement gaps have been reduced in math
in several subgroups, but are still present in all areas of reading and some subgroups in math. Therefore, this will
remain as an objective for our plan. It is our goal to stretch every learner academically and score above the state
level in all tested areas, as well as meeting or exceeding growth goals in all tested areas. It is our goal to
increase overall student growth percentiles by 20%.
       The Laney staff will achieve these goals through the use of rigorous instructional practices and research
based instructional programs that are relevant to student achievement. Our formula for succes will be North
Carolina Course of Study + Academic Rigor + Best Instructional Practices = Student Growth. Students in
academic jeopardy have been identified and are attending remediation groups in tested areas through the Novanet
program during the day and afterschool. Laney will continue to remediate students prior to the end of the
semester and the end of course testing period, as well as Saturday tutoring sessions. Laney’s resource classes
include testing review. It is our intention that this remediation plan will help students prior to testing and course
failure, helping both test scores and student success rates. Additional spending of all school dollars will be
directed toward student and teacher needs.
       In addition, all of our staff is participating in a Best Practices Professional Learning Community to help raise
student achievement. Laney Staff development dollars will be used to support specific staff development
opportunities directly related to the School Improvement Plan. Laney will strive to stretch all learners academically
and promote social development during the course of each instructional day. Laney administration will provide
weekly feedback on the use of these best practices as classroom visits are conducted.
       The administration of Laney will continue to improve school climate and unify school staff through an open
door policy and through empowerment of teachers by using the North Carolina Teacher Working Conditions
Survey. The administration is using the Teacher Working Condition Survey to drive staff development needs and
to improve teacher working conditions. Laney's School Improvement Team will meet monthly throughout the year
to review, maintain focus and reevaluate school wide needs for improvement. In addition, the administration will
meet with department heads on a monthly basis to maintain focus on school improvement goals and to seek input
on school wide issues. Administration will also meet monthly, and more frequently if needed, with cluster groups
to discuss progress on NCSCOS and mastery of these goals. The administration will work closely with teachers
to facilitate the use of best practices that have been offered during staff development.
       Laney will also seek ways to increase safety and wellness standards for students and staff. Laney will
continue to use parent conferences on a regular basis as well as In School Suspension to decrease out of school
suspension. Laney has also created a Student Support Team to work with students that are struggling in school.
Laney will also strive to improve building cleanliness. All student groups will donate community service time to
help remedy school needs and to increase student pride in our campus. We will continue to engage in community
service projects with our PTSA and through the utilazation of parent volunteers. It is our goal for our building
inspections to be in the good to excellent range.
Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: To prepare all students for the future by striving for excellence in pursuit of a quality education by providing a rigorous and relevant
curriculum within a safe and caring environment.



  Goal established by the                                 School’s Priority                                                 Result
  State Board of Education                                        Improvement Goals                                                    Measures

Goal 1
Globally Competitive Students              a) Increase ABC growth rate by 20% as measured by ABC            AYP summary report
                                           summary report.                                                  EOC Testing Data
                                                                                                            Teacher Assessments
                                           b) Decrease achievement gap by 25% among subgroups               ClassScapes
                                           evident by 2009-2010 report.                                     AYP summary report


                                                                                                            ABC summary report
SBE Goal: Globally Competitive Students
School Priority Goal: 1a, 1b, 1c,



             Strategies/Activities                   Name of Responsible Person               Timeline             Monitoring Method
Regular cluster meetings to discuss               Department Chairs and administration. On going through          Administration will
instructional goals based on NCSCOS.                                                    June 2010                 attend cluster
                                                                                                                  meetings. Agendas.
All Laney teachers will participate in Best       Teachers, Principal                      On going through       Reflections
Practices Professional Learning Community.                                                 June 2010

Reducing Achievement Gap staff development Principal, World History teachers               On going through       Staff development
with Larry Bell strategies will be taught to                                               June 2010              rosters
ninth graders through World History.

ClassScapes will be used to diagnose student      Alg. 1, Biology, Civics, English 1, US   On going through       ClassScapes reports,
achievement and direct instruction for mastery    History teachers, Dept. Chairs,          June 2010              computer lab
level learning in EOC exit standard areas.        administration.                                                 schedules

ClassScapes benchmark tests will be used for
collaboration and planning in Algebra 1,
Biology, Civics, English 1 and US history.

Administration will regularly monitor testing     NCWise coordinator, counselors,          Monthly through June
audits to ensure 95% attendance in tested         Testing coordinator, Principal           2010                   Testing Audits
areas.

Administrators providing written feedback to      Administration                           Ongoing
teachers on classroom visits.                                                                                     Walk through forms

Implementation of AVID teaching practices.        AVID Site Team, Administration           On going
                                                                                                                  Staff development .
Laney Staff development has been condensed        Administration                           Jan 2010               rosters
into first semester to provide a review of best                                                                   Staff Development
practices that are expected in the classroom.                                                                     plan
English 3 and US history teachers are             English 3 and US history teachers     On going       Meeting notes
collaborating on a monthly basis to discuss
strategies to reinforce the US history
curriculum. Relevant literature reading and
student projects that support the US history
goals and the English 3 goals are being
planned collaboratively.

Health and PE classes and work force              Health/PE and workforce               On going       Observations
development classes are use Math bell work        development teachers
warm ups to increase math proficiencies in
Algebra 1.

Earth and Environmental Teachers are              Earth and environmental and biology   On going       Agendas, syllabi
collaborating with our Biology teachers g and     teachers
intentionally teaching goals from the biology
standard course of study that are embedded in
their curriculum to better prepare students for
Biology.

Total staff has had training from our English     English 2 teachers                    October 2009   Staff development
department in writing strategies to help                                                               rosters
prepare students to increase their proficiency
in writing.
Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: To prepare all students for the future by striving for excellence in pursuit of a quality education by providing a rigorous and relevant
curriculum within a safe and caring environment.



Goal established by the                                         School’s Priority                                               Result
State Board of Education                                         Improvement Goals                                                Measures

Goal 2

21sst Century Professionals                    a) 90% of staff development monies will be spent to          Quarterly Finance reports
                                                  support School Improvement goals.                         Subcommittee meeting notes
                                                                                                            Requisition forms

                                               b) Increase community and business partnerships.             Increase by 3 by June 2010


                                               c) Increase parental participation in booster groups         Registration numbers and volunteer
                                                  and volunteer hours.                                      logs
SBE Goal: 21st century professionals
School Priority Goal: 2a, 2b



            Strategies/Activities                 Name of Responsible Person              Timeline           Monitoring Method
Staff development subcommittee will be         Administration, staff development     Ongoing through June   Mid and end of year
formed to review and approve staff             subcommittee, school finance person   2009                   review.
development requests to ensure spending
supports school improvement goals.

Requisitions forms will be aligned to school   Principal, school finance person      June 2009              Requisition forms
improvement goals to demonstrate alignment
to school improvement plan.

Department Chairs will continue to monitor     Department Chairs                     June 2009              Requisition forms
departmental spending and monitor
departmental needs and report monthly to
administration.

Administration will actively look for          Administration                        June 2009              Evidence of
community and business partnerships for                                                                     established
Laney High School.                                                                                          partnerships.
Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: To prepare all students for the future by striving for excellence in pursuit of a quality education by providing a rigorous and relevant
curriculum within a safe and caring environment.



  Goal established by the                                          School’s Priority                                               Result
  State Board of Education                                          Improvement Goals                                                Measures

Goal 3

Healthy responsible students & Safe            a) Laney will maintain a suspension rate that reflects       Monthly suspension data
and Orderly Environment                           the decrease of 2008-2009.                                Daily suspension goals
                                               b) Improve cleanliness of school and improve overall         Building inspections
                                                  cleanliness ratings.                                      Monthly drill reports
                                               c) Improve building safety for students and staff.           Work Order Completions
                                               d) Improve outside and hallway monitoring of                 Duty Schedules
                                                  students.
                                               e) Use of Student Support Team to assist students
                                                  having difficulty finding success.
SBE Goal: Healthy Responsible Students
School Priority Goal: 3a, 3b, 3c, 3d



            Strategies/Activities                   Name of Responsible Person               Timeline     Monitoring Method

Reducing Achievement Gap staff development Principal                                 On going             Schoollinks
with Larry Bell.

Classroom Management Staff Development          Principal, Staff Development Dept.   Completed            Schoollinks

Creation of In School Suspension to reduce      Principal, ISS Teacher, Dean of      Monthly monitoring   Monthly reports
Out of School Suspensions                       Students

Laney High School staff development plan.       Principal, teachers                  January 2009         Schoollinks

Laney High School Best Practices Professional   Principal, teachers                  May 2010             Teacher reflections
Learning Community.

Monthly and quarterly safety drills.            Safety team, administration          Ongoing              Monthly reports

Mindset staff development for staff.            Laney Mindset Trainers               June 2010            Staff development
                                                                                                          rosters
Student Dress Code                              Staff                                Ongoing

Daily building inspections                      Administration, custodians           Ongoing              Quarterly building
                                                                                                          reports
Random metal detector screenings                Safety team                          As needed            Safety reports

Increased supervision of students during non-   Administration, duty teachers        Daily                Duty rosters
instructional times.
Strategic Planning
Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
School Mission: To prepare all students for the future by striving for excellence in pursuit of a quality education by providing a rigorous and relevant
curriculum within a safe and caring environment.



  Goal established by the                                 School’s Priority                                                 Result
  State Board of Education                                        Improvement Goals                                                    Measures

Goal 4
Leadership for Innovation                  a) Create Transparency in school spending through                Teacher Working Condition Survey
                                           communication and staff development.                             Staff development rosters

                                           b) 90 percent of resources will be spent by teachers             Quarterly finance reports
                                           through Dept. chairs and administration.

                                           c) Increase teacher input into site based decisions              School Improvement Meeting
                                           impacting Laney High School.                                     Notes, Department Chair Meeting
                                                                                                            Notes
                                           d) Increase parent participation at Laney High school
                                           through volunteering and booster organizations.                  Volunteer hours and rosters of
                                                                                                            booster groups
SBE Goal: Leadership for innovation
School Priority Goal: 4a ,4b, 4c, 4d



            Strategies/Activities                  Name of Responsible Person             Timeline   Monitoring Method

Monthly school leadership meetings              Principal, SLT chair                 June 2009       Agendas, minutes

Monthly Dept. Chair meetings                    Principal, Dept Chairs               June 2009       Agendas, meeting
                                                                                                     notes
Weekly, biweekly, and monthly cluster           Administration, Dept. Chairs, Lead   June 2009       Agendas, meeting
meetings.                                       teachers of clusters                                 notes

Use of news letter, web pages and Alert Now     Administration, Directors, Parent    Ongoing         Meeting Notes,
to increase parental participation in booster   Leaders                                              AlertNow reports,
groups and volunteering.                                                                             volunteer hours

Sub committees of the school improvement        Members of the subcommittee          As needed       Agendas, meeting
team have been formed have been formed to                                                            notes
monitor the following areas:
School dress code
Instructional spending
Data Team
   Strategic Planning
   Instructions for Identifying School Goals: Based on data analysis, identify at least one priority improvement goal. School goals should be aligned to the State
   Board of Education Goals and the district theme of Rigor, Relevance, and Relationships.
   School Mission: To prepare all students for the future by striving for excellence in pursuit of a quality education by providing a rigorous and relevant
   curriculum within a safe and caring environment.



      Goal established by the                                         School’s Priority                                               Result
      State Board of Education                                         Improvement Goals                                                Measures

Goal 5
Planning and operational effectiveness            a) By the end of 2009-2010, Laney will improve         Building Inspection Reports
                                                     building cleanliness ratings to a 2.9 or lower as
                                                     determined by quarterly building reports.
                                                  b) School spending will be proportionally spent        Quarterly finance reports
                                                     throughout the course of the school year to prevent
                                                     return unused funds
SBE Goal: Planning and operational effectiveness
School Priority Goal: 5a, 5b



             Strategies/Activities                   Name of Responsible Person                   Timeline       Monitoring Method

Daily building needs assessments conducted by Laney Administration                          Quarterly cleaning   Administration
administration and shared with custodial staff.                                             reports.

Reorganization of custodial staff into teams to   Laney Administration, head custodian      September 2008       Administration
maximize cleaning efficiency.

Utilization of quarterly building reports to      Custodial inspectors, head custodian,     June 2009            Administration
drive building cleanliness improvements.          Laney Administration                                           Building inspectors
                                                                                                                 Health Departments
                                                                                                                 Teacher feedback
                                                                                                                 Parent feedback


Monitor staff development and instructional       Principal, school finance person, staff   Monthly              Monthly financial
spending to prevent return of state and federal   development subcommittee.                                      updates
funds.
      School-Based Management and Accountability Plan


WAIVER REQUEST

LEA NAME New Hanover County LEA # 650
SCHOOL NAME Laney High School SCHOOL # 326

1. Identify the State laws, rules, or policies which inhibit the school’s ability to improve student performance.
   N. C. G. S. 115C - 301
   N. C. G. S. 115C - 98

   Identify the waiver you are requesting.
   Class size and text book monies

2. Specify how the waiver will be used.
   To exceed state class size minimums when appropriate.
   To move textbook monies, if needed, to purchase instructional supplies and offset the costs of staff
development.

3. Explain how the waiver will permit the school to improve student performance.
   The class size waiver will allow for the prevention of disruption of the school environment due to master
schedule constraints. The waiver will allow for some teachers to remain in teams and preserve the teaming
concept for 9th graders. Allowing the school to move textbook monies gives additional flexibility to purchase
needed supplies when instructional dollars are depleted.

				
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