MCDOWELL COUNTY BOARD OF
30 CENTRAL AVENUE
WELCH WV 24801
Plan submitted: January 14, 2013
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Name Title Representation
Aaron Lester *Technology
Amanda Fragile Title I Director *Title I
Secondary Parent Advisory
April Chapman *Parent
Barbara Miller Personnel Director *Administration
Director of Attendance and
Bonita Miano *Title IV
Booker Stephens Circuit Court Judge *Business Community
Coordinator of Curriculum &
Brenda Buie *Title I *Title II *Early Childhood
Brenda Goodson Business Partner *Business Community
Carolyn Falin Assistant Superintendent *Title II *Title III *RLIS *Technology *Administration
Deborah Maxwell Elementary Principal *Administration
Diana Nash Special Education Director *Special Education
James Spence Assistant Superintendent *Administration
Jordan Younger MVHS 12th Grade Student *Student
Kevin Wade Board Member *BOE Member
Marlene Addair Special Education Teacher *Special Education *Teacher
Elementary Parent Advisory
Melanee Harman *Parent
Michelle Moore RESA I *RESA
Nelson Spencer Superintendent *Administration
Stacey Lusk Secondary Principal *Administration
Steve Edwards External Lead Partner *Other
Walter Newcomb RESA IT Systems Engineer *Technology *RESA
Wanda Thomas Executive Secretary *Service Personnel
Describe how parents, community and other appropriate stakeholder members are involved in the development and/or revision of the plan.
The Planning Committee for McDowell County's Five Year Strategic Plan meets to review and write the components of the plan on a regular basis. The
Planning Committee, as well as sub-committees, review each section and make revisions as needed.
The Special Education Department met with Title I staff and other members of the Steering Committee on April 18, 2012 to review data and begin
planning. On April 2nd and 3rd, 2012 files were reviewed to develop a work task force. On August 16th, the Special Education Team Facilitators
reviewed the plan and made necessary revisions.
The LEA district staff met on August 7, 2012 to begin revisions and to create a work task plan for completing updates to the plan. The LEA District
Administrators met on August 28-29, 2012 to make revisions and update plan components. The LEA district staff revisited the plan on September 6,
2012. A Community Stakeholder Meeting will be held on September 13, 2012 at the McDowell County Board of Education to gather input and
The LEA hosted a Strategic Planning Retreat for all McDowell County Schools on August 8-10, 2012 at Glade Springs Resort. Each school's Leadership
Team revised and edited their individual plans and conducted data analysis. Each school has been assigned an LEA liaison from the district office to
provide technical assistance in revising and editing their plan.
On April 10, 2012, the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) revised and edited the Parent Involvement Policy, which will be disseminated to all parents in the
fall via the county calendar. The LEA Title I Five Year Strategic Plan components were also reviewed as a group. The PAC Members provided
suggestions and requested specific trainings and supports from both the LEA and school level. All parents in Title I school wide programs were issued a
link to take an online survey of their school program. The results were analyzed and used for the revisions of the Title I LEA and school level plans. The
Title I Team reviewed the county Title I Plan on June 18th, 2012 for final revisions. School level plans receive input from parents during the school year
as well as the Title I Planning Meeting held each spring. Title I Team met on August 15th and 16th, 2012 to make final revisions to the school and LEA
plans. On August 30, 2012 parents will be provided the goals and objectives related the LEA Plan and were provided a link to the plan on the county
website. Parents will be provided information on how to make suggestions for revising the plan. Title I school level plans will be submitted to the LEA
Title I Team to individually review and a rubric will be provided to each school for suggested revisions by October 15, 2012.
The LEA Technology Team meet with members of the Reconnecting McDowell Technology Team on August 19th and 20th to discuss connectivity
issues. We toured the county to ensure that the internal connections were ready for 100Mbps connections. We also viewed the Tug River Health Clinic
at River Veiw High School to investigate the option of virtual health care.
The School Systems Operators will meet with the LEA Technology Team on August 30, 2012 to review and make edits to the Technology Plans. The
LEA Technology Team will meet on September 7, 2012 to discuss needs and technology objectives for the 2012-2013 school year. The
LEA Technology Team sent an email link to all School Systems Operators to gain input regarding their technology training hours on August 29, 2012.
The School System Operators met on September 5, 2012 with the LEA Technology Team to revise and make final edits to the tech plan.
The team will review and evaluate progress towards strategic plan goals, objectives, and actions on a regular basis during bi-monthly central office
meetings and monthly principal meetings. All LEA Staff and School Administrators will maintain a Five Year Strategic Planning Work Task Document
to measure growth and completion of all tasks associated with their plan.
The LEA Technology Team meet with Jimmy Gianato on September 13th, 2012 to give an update on the schools fiber connections. An order was
placed with Frontier for the remaining schools to be connected at 100Mbps. Those locations include: Mt View, Southside, Iaeger, Kimball, Career and
Tech Center, Welch, Fall River, and the McDowell County Board of Education.
The LEA District Leaders reviewed updates needed for the FIve Year Strategic Plan on January 3, 2013. The team worked to prepare a brochure for all
stake-holders to better understand the plan and its components.
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McDowell County Schools believe:
Students must be afforded the necessary resources to support student learning;
Students must be provided a safe, caring and nurturing environment conducive to learning;
Students must be actively engaged in a 21st century curriculum embedded with high expectations;
Students must be provided explicit instruction from highly effective educators.
The mission is to provide schools where we unleash the potential of every student every day.
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KEY OUTCOME INDICATORS
The 2011-2012 WESTEST 2 data indicates overall growth in Reading Language Arts and Mathematics. However, McDowell County continues to need improvement in terms of
student achievement and other student outcomes. Data analyses indicate a continued need for county-wide school improvement. Therefore, our External Partner, Steve
Edwards, of Edwards Educational Services, will continue to work with McDowell County in implementing a long-term plan focused on measurable improvement. In addition,
in-classroom professional development support for mathematics and reading language arts will be provided for all grade levels. The Five Year Strategic Plan will focus on
improving school-level leadership, teacher efficacy, and retention/recruitment of Highly Qualified teachers. Goals within the plan will focus on three key areas: student
achievement and personalized learning, student well-being through building relationships and creating a culture of high expectations, and graduating students with the necessary
skills to become productive citizens.
EXTERNAL TREND DATA
McDowell County’s percent of needy students is 79.67%. Over the past five years, McDowell County has seen the significant decrease in student population due to the economic
status in McDowell County. McDowell County had 4,617 students during the 2002-2003 school year. Enrollment has decreased each year with an enrollment of in October 2011 of
3,242 (Ages 5-17) students. For state aide formula (All Grade Levels) total enrolle\ment is 3,535 students and the percentage needy is 80.03%. This data reflects
McDowell County Schools has the highest percent needy compared to all districts in the state of West Virginia. Furthermore, McDowell County ranks second in the nation in
relation to poverty. Migration to other counties and states has affected student population and has increased the low SES subgroup within the WESTEST2. Poverty continues to
be a major social issue in our school as evidenced by the number of students eligible for free and reduced lunch.
The population in McDowell County according to the 2010 Census reduced by 19.1% and currently stands at 22,113 residents. There are 1,348 children under the age of
5 (2009), 4,820 individuals under 18 years old, and 3,516 over 65 years old. The percentage of white persons was 89.1%, black or African American 9.5% and other races was 3%.
According to the census we have a graduates rate of persons age 25+ of 60.1%, persons with bachelor’s degree or higher 5.7% and veterans living in McDowell County was
The number of housing units in McDowell was 13,779 with 77.7% individuals claiming homeownership. The median value of owner-occupied housing units was $30,500. There
were 9,492 households with 2.38 persons per household. The median household income in 2009 was $22,222 with 40.8% persons below poverty level. The unemployment rate
for McDowell County in June, 2011 was 12.1% with the state rate of 9.7%.
According to Kids Count Data 2010, ranks 54 out of the 55 counties in the state of West Virginia in the following categories:
percentage of low birth weight babies
infant mortality rate
child death rates
eligible children served by Head Start
children eligible for free and reduced meals
child abuse and neglect rates
teen birth rates
high school dropout rates
juvenile delinquency rates
teen injury death rate
percentage of births to mothers with less than 12th grade education
These indicators demonstrate a need for social and health care services for students and families, school readiness programs, and intervention services.
According to 2010 County Health Data , McDowell County ranks among one of the highest three counties for poor health in West Virginia as well as the nation. Data reflects that
McDowell County ranks the highest in the state for premature death before the age of 75, obesity, diabetes, breast cancer, cancer, and unintentional overdose rates. In many
cases these rates are highest in the nation. McDowell County was defined as having minimal social support and access to healthy foods. The county has also been identified as
having the highest teen pregnancy of any county in the state with an increase of 17%.
In-County surveys conducted over the past two years indicate individuals feel there is a lack of recreation, jobs, health care, insurance, and transportation for medical
services. The greatest areas of need in McDowell County are as follows:
Money to support families
Better health care and dental/health insurance
Improved education system
Recreation programs for students
Community forums, surveys, etc. demonstrate that prescription pain medication and anti-depressant medication are the two specific drugs that are causing the increase in
deaths. Crime is on the increase because of substance abuse. The number of children in custody with substance abuse in the home has risen to 90-100% of cases. Domestic
violence has also increased. Employers report that substance abuse and criminal background checks are preventing employment for local residents.
The data indicates the need for alternative activities, prevention, intervention, treatment, and recovery programs. There is a need for policy and environmental changes to be
made as well (Information provided by Kathy Whitt, FACES).
CARDIAC Project Data (11-12)
McDowell County's CARDIAC Project Summary Health Report indicated the following:
· Out of 198 second graders screened, 100 (51%) were considered overweight and/or obese.
· Out of 91 fifth graders screened, 53 (58%) were considered overweight and/or obese.
· Out of 90 fifth graders screened, 24 (27%) had abnormal fasting lipid profiles.
McDowell County students continue to need health eating habits and access to regular exercise.
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Some of the identified root causes include the following:
McDowell county mothers have less than a 12th grade education level compared to the state
Number of high school graduates took the ACT College entrance exam as compared to the state
Low number of county residents obtaining a college degree
Lack of an employed middle class
Children in poverty
WESTEST 2 Data Analysis
(Spring 2012): Four of the ten McDowell County Schools made AYP: Anawalt Elementary, Bradshaw Elementary, Fall River Elementary, and Kimball Elementary.
Those not making AYP include Iaeger Elementary, Southside K-8 School, Welch Elementary, Sandy River Middle School, Mount View High School, and River View
High School. All McDowell County Schools successfully met Participation Rate.
In mathematics and reading language arts, all grade levels in McDowell County Schools students scored lower than the state percentage of students scoring
(Spring 2011): Four of the ten McDowell County Schools made AYP: Anawalt Elementary School, Fall River Elementary School, Kimball Elementary school and Sandy River
Middle School. Those not making AYP include Bradshaw Elementary School, Iaeger Elementary School, Southside K-8, Welch Elementary School and Mount View High School.
River View High School is a new school and was exempt from NCLB reporting.
(Spring 2010): Four of the eleven McDowell County Schools made AYP in the area of assessment data. The schools not making AYP were: Welch Elementary, Southside
K-8, Iaeger High School, and Mount View High School. Iaeger High School and Big Creek High School were consolidated into River View High School; therefore River View has no
reports concerning AYP status.
School Subgroups Not Making AYP Data (2011-2012):
Iaeger Elementary School: Reading Language Arts:Low SES subgroup;
Sandy River Middle School: Mathematics Low SES subgroup; Reading Language Arts: All, White, and Low SES subgroup
Welch Elementary School: Mathematics: All subgroup; Reading Language Arts: All and Low SES subgroup
Southside K-8 School: Mathematics: All subgroup, White subgroup, Special Education subgroup; Low SES subgroup; Reading: All subgroup, White subgroup, Special
Education subgroup, Low SES subgroup;
Mount View High School: Mathematics: All subgroup, White subgroup, Special Education subgroup, Low SES subgroup, Black subgroup; Reading: All subgroup, White
subgroup, Special Education subgroup, Low SES subgroup, Black subgroup. Graduation Rate was not met at Mount View High School;
River View High School: Mathematics: All subgroup, White subgroup, Low SES subgroup; Reading: All subgroup, White subgroup, Low SES subgroup. Graduation Rate
was not met at River View High School.
WESTEST 2 Confidential Summary Report:
(2012) In mathematics and reading/language arts, in all subgroups, across all grade levels, the percent of students scoring "at or above mastery” is lower than, or equal to, those
scoring "below mastery". The percent of females scoring "at or above mastery", was higher than or equal to males across all grade levels. The Students with Disabilities
subgroup scored significantly lower than all other subgroups, across all grade levels.
Across all grade levels students performed higher on the writing standard than reading for McDowell County Schools with the exception of 10th grade.
In grades 3-5, the RLA objectives showing the least gains were story and literature elements and comprehension. In mathematics, problem solving, estimation, ordering, and
fractions, patterns and rules, scale drawings and unit conversions, and interpreting charts and graphs had the smallest gains.
The following were identified as weak areas in RLA in grades 6-11: Grade 6--themes, citations; Grade 7--summarizing and sources of information Grade 8--analogies, critiquing
steps and procedures, Greek and Latin roots; Grade 9--literary style, developing research topics, Grade 10--analysis of organizational patterns and transitional sentences and
sentence variety; and grade 11--proof reading, transitional sentences, and analyzing a variety of texts.
Grades 6-12 key mathematics weaknesses are: Grade 6--percents, area, perimeter and circumference and probability experiments; Grade 7--algebraic problem solving,
rotations, reflections, and translations and scale factors; Grade 8--graphing linear equations, analyzing problem situations and making predictions/arguments and solving
application problems (ex: square roots); Grade 9--analyze data and write equations from the pattern, linear equations and literal equations; Grade 10--convex and concave
quadrilaterals, tessellations and using distance slope and midpoint to find dimensions of polygons on a coordinate plane; and Grade 11--solve absolute value inequalities, graph
rational functions and simplify and evaluate radical expressions.
(2012) Two of the ten McDowell County Schools have a Special Education subgroup (Southside RLA 3.57%: Math 3.63% and Mount View High School RLA 7.01% : Math
8.77%). The percent of students in the Special Education subgroup "at or above mastery" in mathematics and reading language arts is significantly lower than all other subgroups
across all grade levels.
The black subgroup scored significantly lower at the secondary grade levels (6th - 11th) then those at the elementary level (3rd-5th). There is a particular area of concern with the
9th grade students scoring 7% proficient in the area of mathematics.
There were no significant differences between males and females in mathematics or reading language arts.
McDowell County no longer ranks last in the state. 2010-2011 WESTEST 2 data ranks McDowell County 50th in Mathematics, Science and Social Studies and 54th in Reading
Language Arts. This data has not yet been released according to the 2011-2012 WESTEST2 results.
Professional development in the form of in-classroom support for mathematics and reading language arts, as well as supportive software will be utilized to address weaknesses
and increase student achievement.
WESTEST 2 Longitudinal/Trend Data:
70% of McDowell County Schools showed an increase mathematics proficiency. 30% of McDowell County Schools showed an increase in reading language arts proficiency.
Since 2009-2010 all schools have increased in percent proficient in reading language arts and mathematics with the exception of Southside K-8 School (mathematics).All schools
demonstrated some growth in reading and/or math in a 2-year longitudinal comparison. Six out of 10 schools demonstrated improvement in both reading and math in every grade
2011 WESTEST 2 Writing:
The elementary grade levels (3rd - 5th) scored significantly higher at all grade levels than those at the secondary level (6th-12th). An area of concern is at the 10th grade level
where the level of students scoring proficient is higher in reading than in writing. All other grade levels scored higher on the writing standard than the reading standard.
In grades 3 students showed weaknesses as development, sentence structure, and word choice. Grade 4 showed deficiency sentence structure and word choice. Grade 5
indicates a need in the area of word choice and mechanics. Grade 6 shows a need word choice and mechanics. Grade 7 students needs improvement on sentence structure,
word choice, and mechanics. Grade 8 indicates organization and sentence structure as the two areas of concern. Grade 9 and 10 both illustrated sentence structure, word choice
and mechanics need strengthened. Grade 11 shows significant needs in the areas of organization, sentence structure, word choice, and mechanics.
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McDowell County continues to score below the State Average on the 2012 ACT in every subtest, however improvement was noted in all areas since 2008. Average ACT in 2012
decreased slightly from 18.2 to 18.0, as compared to the state score of 20.6 and a national score of 20.6; average scores in Mathematics decreased from 18.0 to 17.5, as
compared to state's score of 19.6 and nationally at 21.1; reading scores declined from 19.2 to 18.6, as compared to the state and national scores of 21.3 and 21.3 respectively;
and average scores for Science decreased from 19.1 to 17.7, as compared to the state (21.3).
College readiness benchmark scores indicate out of the 84 students tested in McDowell County, 55% met readiness benchmarks in English, while 70% met readiness
benchmarks in the State; 19% met readiness benchmarks in Mathematics, while 32% met readiness benchmarks in the State; 7% met readiness benchmarks in Science, while
23% met readiness benchmarks in the state; those students in the county meeting readiness benchmarks in all four areas is 7%, while the State had 17% meeting all four
ACT Explore - Grade 8 Middle School:
Academic achievement on the 2011-2012 ACT Explore shows McDowell County remains below the national norm reference group in English, Mathematics, Reading and
Science. McDowell County students continue to show significant gaps in the English standards on this assessment.
Out of 55 counties, McDowell County ranks 51st in English, 52nd in Mathematics, 54th in Reading, and 52nd in Science on the 2011 ACT Explore. Students showed a 3%
increase in the area of English since 2010 and a 2% increase in the area of mathematics. The ranking remained the same in the other areas.
Students indicated needing help in improving speaking skills, study skills, mathematical skills, and exploring options after high schools.
Academic achievement on the 2011-2012 ACT Plan shows McDowell County remains below the national norm reference group in English, Mathematics, Reading and Science.
McDowell County's Low Composite Score was 15.2 which is 1.9 points below the state norm group. McDowell County's High Composite Score was 19.2 which is 1.9 points below
the state norm group McDowell County ranks 55th in English, 53rd in Mathematics, 52nd in Reading, and 55th in Science on the 2011 ACT Plan. McDowell County showed an
increase in both mathematics and reading compared to the 2010-2011 results.
Students indicated needing help in improving making plans after high school (50.49%), mathematical skills(39.71%) and study skills (40.2%). These are consistent needs from the
My College Options:
Data gathered from My College Options post-secondary planning program 2010-2011 indicates that 29.5% of McDowell County Students plan to pursue Science, Technology,
Engineering or Math (STEM) career versus 24.6% nationally. 61.9% will be the first in their family to attend college and 84.8% plan to attend a four-year institution. The top two
career/major interests were nursing/health care and medical physician. 62.4% indicating a need for information on College/Career planning and 49.3% need information on
financial aid/student loans.
55.4% of the students rated the availability of college planning resources in their school media centers or counselor's office as poor or very poor as compared nationally at 13.5%
and statewide as 25.4%.
AP Testing Report/AP Rate:
McDowell County Schools continues to score well below the state average on AP exams. For school year 11-12, AP courses were offered in English Language Composition, US
Government, Biology, World History, US History, and Psychology. Eighty-one exams were taken in both high schools resulting in the following scores:
Score of 5: 0%
Score of 4: 0%
Score of 3 6.6%
Score of 2: 23%
Score of 1: 72%
McDowell County schools had 17 students (8.4%) qualify to receive the Promise Scholarship.
End of Course Testing Report for Career and Technical Education:
End of Course testing for Career and Technology (CTC) education resulted in the following scores. Students were assessed with work keys in Reading, Math, and Locating
Information. All three categories required a 60% mastery level for meeting standards. Eighty-eight students were tested in each of the three categories. The results are as
follows: Reading 87% met standard (77 students), Math 75% met standard (66 students); and Locating Information 69% met standards (70 students). All three areas showed
improvement from the previous year (2010-2011).
The CTC operated 9 concentrations for the 2011-2012 school term. Summary totals indicate the CTC surpassed the state placement requirement of 90% with 90 students
completing their concentration and 90 positively placed; this equates to 100% student placement. Jobs In Field required a 60% placement to meet standards. CTC surpassed the
state requirement with 56 out of 56 students being placed in field, which results in 100% placement. Continuing Education in Field required a 60% going rate. CTC results indicate
that 33 out of 34 students will be continuing their education in field beyond high school, resulting in 97% enrolling in post high school education. These results indicate an
improvement from the 2010-2011 school year.
Lexia Reading Data:
K-3 Grade Span (June 2011)
65 % of the students are At-Above Benchmark
15% of the students are Below Benchmark
20 % of the students are Well Below
K-3 Grade Span (June 2012)
53% of the students are At-Above Benchmark
0% of the students are Below Benchmark
47% of the students are Well Below
The number of students that are enrolled in Lexia has increased in the K-3 Grade Span from 584 students to 823 from June of year 2011 to June 2012. Teachers are ensuring
more students have the opportunity to engage in the online personalized learning system to improve reading skills from phonological awareness to enhanced reading
skills. Schools showing significant implementation with students having 45 minutes or more on the program during the instructional week are progressing more rapidly than those
that are not. Each school is highly encouraged to maximize the amount of online instruction those students particularly the students score Below Benchmark receive. Additional
funding to support purchasing of new hardware has been appropriated to assist with access. The K-3 student scores reflect a deficiency in the area of phonemic awareness at all
schools. This foundational reading skill is a root cause of reading development issues across all content.
4-12 Grade Span (June 2011)
23% of the students are Intermediate (At-Above)
56% of the students are Elementary (Below)
21% of the students are Basic (Well Below)
4-12 Grade Span (June 2012)
39% of the students are Intermediate (At-Above)
41% of the students are Elementary (Below)
20% of the students are Basic (Well Below)
The percentage of students increased in those ranking in the Intermediate (At-Above) category from June 2011 to June 2012. Again, the number of students using the program
with fidelity also increased from 156 to 229 students. Students seem to show early learning reading skills (decoding/encoding) as the highest deficiency as a whole. Students
continue to score low with greek/latin roots and vocabulary as well.
2011-2012 Acuity Benchmark Results:
McDowell County School students in grades 3-11 complete all three McDowell County Acuity Benchmarks. Participation rates in the benchmarks are significantly lower in the
secondary grade levels. The principals will monitor participation of the assessments during the current school year in order to acquire more accurate results. The green highlights
indicate a growth at the grade level when comparing BM2 and BM3.
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Each Benchmark Assessment is based on the particular curriculum maps and pacing for the grade level/content area.
An increase in the proficiency average was found from BM1 to BM3 for third grade in both content areas. In fourth grade an increase was found in the area of RLA as well as in 7th
grade RLA. Mathematics from grades 4-11 decreased from the first round of Benchmark testing as a district.
Reading Content Standard Across the District Focus Area
33% Proficiency : Students will apply reading skills and strategies to inform, to perform a task and to read for literacy experience by identifying and using grade appropriate
essential reading components (phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, comprehension, written application) and selecting a wide variety of literature and diverse
media to develop independence as readers.
District District District
Average Avergae Average
BM1 BM2 BM3
3rd RLA 60 55 62
3rd Math 52 56 58
4th RLA 53 60 62
4th Math 46 58 53
5th RLA 47 56 44
5th Math 55 41 49
6th RLA 52 55 49
6th Math 43 51 38
7th RLA 55 45 46
7th Math 46 39 38
8th RLA 44 48 39
8th Math 51 46 36
9th RLA 36 41 36
9th Math 36 33 32
10th RLA 39 30 39
10th Math 33 34 30
11th RLA 54 42 50
11 Math 37 32 31
Lack of Parental Involvement
OTHER STUDENT OUTCOME DATA
Title I Program Audit Survey:
An electronic survey is conducted each spring for all Title I schools. 95% of parents reported they did receive a copy of each school’s Parent Involvement Policy while 96%
reported they also received a County Title I Parent Handbook containing Federal Requirement information for Title I which is located in the rear section of the county calendar.
An increase from 83% (2011) to 95% (2012) of the parents indicated they were provided a school Parent Compact. For the 2011-2012 school year Title I Staff and administrators
will put forth additional efforts in order to ensure every parent receives a copy of the document. A folder was supplied by Title I in order to send the document home neatly and in
an organized manner with other documents which need returned to the school. This was attributed to the increase and organization of parents.
An increase from 56% (2011) to 77% (2012) of the parents attended a Title I parent training last school year. Title I Staff and administrators will continue to plan engaging
activities for parents and students for the 2012-2013 school year. Activities will be planned for students simultaneously while the parent training is taking place. Trainings will also
be scheduled at various times to allow for family schedules.
Understanding student assessment data continues to frustrate some parents. Title I staff and administrators have found that a large percentage (31%) of the parents would like for
the school to provide assistance with interpreting data from the results. Data conferences will be scheduled at all schools and county trainings will also be scheduled for parents
on understanding WESTEST2 results.
Parents revealed several factors that prohibit them from attending parent training/workshops scheduled at both the LEA and school level including:
Workshops were not held at convenient times 20%
No child care was available 18%
No transportation 12%
Workshop information was too difficult to understand 1%
Not enough notice was provided 16%
Title I LEA and School Level Teams will work on offering workshops/activities at flexible times throughout the school year. The Title I Staff will also recruit teachers to provide
instructional activities with students while parents are in meetings. The amount of time that parents have to plan for workshops/activities will also be increased at each school by
providing parents with a looking ahead calendar for the year.
All elementary and middle schools met the AYP standard for 2011-2012 with 92.89% which reflects an increase of 1.2% from the 91.7% rate in 2010-2011. Attendance
has declined each year since 2009 from 94%, 92.9% in 2010, 91.1% in 2011. However it is important to note there was an increase in 2012 attendance rate.
Both Mount View High School and River View High School did not make AYP for graduation for the 2012 school year.
Trend data for graduation indicates a decline each year since 2009 from 85.1% in 2009, 85% in 2010, 77.4% in 2011 and 74% in 2012.
River View High School 's graduation rate for 2012 was 86.57% and Mount View High School was 69%.
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River View High School 's graduation rate for 2012 was 86.57% and Mount View High School was 69%.
The Special Education subgroup has the lowest graduation rate (48.44%) of McDowell County students in 2012.
For the 2011-2012 school year, McDowell County had a total of 47 students to drop out of school. This was a decrease by 25 students since 2010-2011 (73).
School numbers are as follows: Mount View High School--21 decrease of 5 students; Southside K-8--0 decrease of 1 student; River View --26 decrease of 20 students.
McDowell County had a decrease in the percent of retentions at the 6-12 level for the 2011 school year at 2.6% as compared to 3.5% in 2010. For 2012, the secondary retention
rate was 2.56%, all of which are lower than the state average. The K-5 level dropped from 5.1% in 2010 to 3.9% in 2011. 2012 data noted an additional drop to 2.23%, which
is lower than the state average (2.5%). For 2011-2012, 2.4% students county wide were retained resulting in a decrease from 2010-2011 (2.75%) and 09-10 (4.16%).
Discipline Referral Report:
The county enrollment for the 2011-2012 school years was 3,535 students, showing a decline from the previous school year. The County Discipline Report showed the discipline
violations (in the all category) have decreased from 1402 in (10/11) to 805 in (11/12). McDowell County also had a decrease in OSS from 599 (10/11) to 555 (11/12). However,
there was an increase in "Illegal Drugs,Tobacco, and Alcohol" last school year with 45 (11/12) to 28 (10/11).
College Going Rate:
The high school graduate estimated college going rate for McDowell County was 25.6 percent compared to the State's overall college going rate of 57.9% for fall 2011, making
McDowell County the lowest in the state. McDowell County's percentage of students enrolled in a developmental course was measurably higher than the state's
percentage. Twenty-two of 76 McDowell County first time freshman or 28.95% were enrolled in developmental English Fall 2008 compared to the state percentage of 15.79%.
Thirty-one graduates or 47.9% were enrolled in developmental mathematics compared to the state percentage of 27.55%. However 2011 data indicates a decrease in the
percent of students needing remedial courses from 28.3% in 2010 to 18.45 in 2011 in English and from 50% in 2010 to 36.7% in 2011 in Mathematics. Enrollment numbers in
college has decreased in McDowell County since 2006 from 447 to 338 in 2010.
Special Education Data Profiles: McDowell County Schools has a slightly higher percentage of Students with Disabilities than the state percentage: McDowell County - 17.57%
and State - 15.69%.
There remains a wide variance between McDowell County Schools' data and WV data in terms of Educational Environment, but the gap has continued to close.
General Ed. Full time (GEFT): district 54.74% (312); state – 66.16% (25,652)
General Ed. Part time (GEPT): county – 37.02% (211); state – 22.78% (8,831)
Special Ed. Separate Class (SESC): county – 7.19% (41); state - 8.26% (3,204)
Special Ed. Outside School Environment (SESE): county - 1.05% (6); state - 1.05% (409)
Results of the Annual Desk Audit for 2011-2012 indicate the following: 14 Compliant Indicators and 5 Non-compliant Indicators
Non-compliant Indicators for the Current Year:
1. Graduation Rate: The graduation rate of students with disabilities graduating from high school with a regular diploma in McDowell County increased from 42.31%
in 2009-2010 to 66.67% in 2010-2011. However, McDowell County did not meet the state target of 80%. This percentage is based on three high schools: Big Creek
High School (75%), Iaeger High School (82.61%) and Mount View High School (51.52%). Option Pathway will be utilized again during the 2012-2013 school year.
2. Dropout Rate: The dropout rate of students with disabilities increased from 8 dropouts (2.4%) in 2009-2010 to 15 dropouts (5%) in 2010-2011. McDowell County
staff has implemented a system of building relationships with students that requires each teacher to select at least one at risk student to touch base with daily. Also,
Frontline Network: “Moving from Dialogue to Action: Dropout Prevention in West Virginia” held community town hall meetings with employees of McDowell County
Schools, community stakeholders, parents, students and other interested parties to address interventions before students drop out of school and possible methods
to prevent students from dropping out of school. The plan will be for the 2012-2013 school year.
3. SWD Proficient on Statewide Assessments: There were 280 students with disabilities that took the Math section of the WESTEST 2 assessment and 279
students with disabilities that took the Reading section of the WESTEST 2 assessment. The percent of SWDs scoring proficient in Math was 14.29% (40) which was
7.61% below state target of 21.9%. The percent of SWDs scoring proficient in Reading was 11.47% (32) which is 6.43% below state target of 17.9%. The elementary
SWDs had a greater number of students scoring proficient in Math and Reading. The middle SWDs had the fewest number of students scoring proficient in Math and
Reading. Special education students will receive reading instruction through Read Well K-2 and Language to bridge the gap in reading skills. Language and Read
180 (using the SRI, non-readers will be placed in an intervention program and those scoring below 300 may be considered for placement in Read 180) will be
implemented through the reading classes providing differentiated instruction.
4. General Education Full Time: McDowell County had 54.74% (312) of students with IEPs aged 6 through 21 inside regular class 80% or more of the day and the
state had 66.16% (25,652). The target was 61.5%. McDowell County will increase the use of Inclusion at the middle and high school levels and provide professional
Interventionists and/or Support Staff will be included within the general
development for administrators, general education teachers and special education teachers.
education classroom as much as possible to meet the needs of all students (at the elementary level through Title I and/or Special Education and at the middle and
high school level through inclusion).
5. Postsecondary Education: McDowell County had 53.13% of their SWDs enrolled in higher education or in some other postsecondary education or training
program; or competitively employed or in some other employment within one year of leaving high school. The state target was 63.1%. The Department of
Rehabilitation and McDowell County School System will continue to work together to provide services for the 2012-2013 school year.
Analysis of Additional Indicators: State Performance Plan Indicators 4A and 4B - McDowell County Schools was reviewed for significant discrepancy in the rate of
suspensions for SWDs based on 2009-2010 data. During the FY 09-10 school year, 21 SWDs received long-term suspensions. Five of the 21 students suspended beyond ten
cumulative days were in the black race/ethnicity category. Data indicate McDowell County exceeded the state bar of 3.28% with suspensions of SWDs at 3.32% (Indicator 4A)
and for black SWDs at 7.46% (Indicator 4B). Upon review of McDowell County Schools' WVEIS data pertaining to suspensions in a consistent manner across the four students
sampled. However, a corrective action plan for the provision of professional development to all district personnel responsible for implementing disciplinary procedures with
SWDs. The plan was submitted, The Special Education Department at Central Office will be retrained on the process and procedures involved with Manifestation Determination
Reviews and various tools that can be used with a Functional Behavioral Assessment. Then the principals and special education Team Facilitators will be trained on looking at
patterns in behavior and determine when a change of placement has occurred.
McDowell County did not receive an On-Site Monitoring for the 2011-2012 school year. McDowell County received some recommendations during the November 2007 and
December 2007 NCLB consolidated monitoring visit. These include additional training to be provided to staff in four areas: 1) the definition and identification of homeless students
under the McKinney-Vento Act, 2) their responsibilities for monitoring the progress for students on their case-management list, 3) the current eligibility categories and their criteria
and the use of "people first" language, and 4) the understanding of the 3-Tiered reading instruction model. Several of these recommendations have been addressed through
in-services provided in the winter and spring of 2008. The Special Education staff will continue to address these recommendations as indicated with the goals and action steps of
ANALYSIS OF CULTURE, CONDITIONS, AND PRACTICES
Culture and Climate Surveys:
The two high schools completed the School Climate Index Report for two consecutive years (2010-2011/ 2011-2012).
Mount View High School had an overall index score of 3.29 (2011) and 4.31 (2012). This improvement reflects that the school is now ranking "average" among high
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schools. Two areas of focus for the school are Low Rates of Teachers Threatened with Injury/ Attack by Students and Low Rates of Physical Fights on School Property.
River View High School had an overall index score of 4.62 (2011) and 5.51 (2012). This improvement reflects that the school remains "average" among high schools.
Two areas of focus for the school are Students Perception of Personal Safety at School and Low Rates of Physical Fights on School Property.
Four schools were required to participate in the 2011-2012 HEAP Assessment with the following participation rates: Sandy River Middle School 0; Southside K-8 School 80%;
Mount View High School 48%; River View High School 87%.
Digital Divide Reports:
According to the K-5 Student Computer Ratio Summary Report all schools have met the 3.1 ratio. When reviewing the 6-12 Student Computer Ratio Summary Report, all schools have now met
the ratio with the additional computers that were purchased during the last school year. The Digital Divide information revealed additional student computers with advanced operating systems needs
to be a priority for Bradshaw Elementary School as well as the Career Technology Center. Teacher computers are needed at the Career Technology Center as well as Mount View High School. The
LEA Tech Team will blend TFS/SIG/County funds to improve the above mentioned goal.
All schools have wireless(G Network) with the exception of Southside which has a N Network capabilty with the exception of the Career Technology Center. Funding for this project will come
from the TFS allocation. A walk-through has been completed for this school in early September.
SMARTBoards are now being installed in all K-5 general education classrooms. All Special Education Classrooms K-12 have SMARTBoards installed as well. Mount View High School currently
has 13 boards on order waiting to be installed. River View High School is still in need of additional SMARTBoards and will be placed in priority for funding with TFS monies. Professional
development sessions are being provided to teachers to better prepare them for full implemenation of the tool with TFS monies as well as WVDE supported days.
Title I purchased 13 SMART Tables for implementation in all Kindergarten classrooms for the 2012-2013 school year. Training from Pomeroy will be conducted for classroom teachers and
instructional aides on utilizing the tool effectively.
Title I purchased each Title I Teacher 5 new Apple Ipads to be used with small group instruction. Each Title I school also recieved two Apple (25) Ipad carts to be used with whole class
Two TSS (Technology Systems Specialists) will continue to work this school year for four McDowell County Schools. These positions are funded by a one year grant extension award from
WVDE. Funding to sustain these postitions is a priority for the LEA Tech Team.
A Tanberg distance learning lab was installed at Mount View High School and River View High School. These classrooms will allow a mathematics course and English course to
be broadcasted between the schools due to teacher shortage
Two school-level TISs are in place to assist teachers with integrating technology by providing sustained professional development and modeling. The TISs are located at: Mount View High School
and Sandy River Middle School. The TISs are led by the County Technology Director (TIS). Funding for these two positions will be eliminated at the end of the current school year as the schools
have reached the end of their SIG funding. The LEA Tech Team will research grant opportunities to sustain the positions if possible.
The WAN update is still being completed by Frontier and Verizon.
Anawalt - 20 Mb
Bradshaw - T1
Career Tech Center - 20 Mb
Fall River - 20 Mb
Iaeger - T1
Kimball - 20 Mb
Mount View - 20 Mb
Sandy River - 2 T1s
Southside - 4 Bonded Ts
River View - 100 Mbps
Board Office - 20 Mb
Phoneix - 56 K
Welch - 20 Mb
All administrators at the Central Office and School Level were provided an iPad to utililze e-Val and m-Walk as well as professional assignments such as online readings, webinars, and etc.
Areas of Concern:
1. Additional professional development days are needed to ensure 21st century teaching and learning skills.
2. Our buildings are not equipped to handle the new tech tools such as electrical, furniture, etc.
3. Additional TSS are needed as full-time school-based technology support technicians to maintain and repair all computer equipment and internal
4. McDowell County Schools need upgrade bandwith to atleast 100Mb fiber to carry out initatives.
5. Building level TISs would allow for onsite support and training to teachers as they integrate technology. We do not have bodies to fill such
positions without removing teachers from the classroom.
6. Additional Virtual Schools Courses are needed when the bandwidth is improved in order to assist with the certified teacher shortage in
McDowell County Schools.
7. Additional Telepresence Classroom solutions are needed to assist with broadcasting classes to and from our schools in shortage areas.
To complete the individual school Digital Divides, staff members completed an electronic survey to calculate their levels of professional development with technology.
January 2010 OEPA Report:
The report indicated that McDowell County Schools had made improvement since the November 2001 Report. Progress was made in finance functions, curriculum and program
development thus returning the following to local control:
Establishment and operation of a school calendar; and
Other decision-making authorities of local board.
Deficiencies remain in personnel, policy update, and facility issues. Therefore, personnel, facilities and policy development, remain under state control. Efforts to correct identified
deficiencies are detailed in a Central Office OEPA Work Task document, which is updated regularly.
Monitoring Reports (Special Education and NCLB):
McDowell County received some recommendations during the November 2007 and December 2007 NCLB consolidated monitoring visit. These include additional training to be
provided to staff in four areas: 1) the definition and identification of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, 2) their responsibilities for monitoring the progress for
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provided to staff in four areas: 1) the definition and identification of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act, 2) their responsibilities for monitoring the progress for
students on their case-management list, 3) the current eligibility categories and their criteria and the use of "people first" language, and 4) the understanding of the 3-Tiered
reading instruction model. Several of these recommendations have been addressed through in-services provided in the winter and spring of 2008. The Special Education staff
will continue to address these recommendations as indicated with the goals and action steps of this plan.
With the Framework for Literacy, the Middle Schools utilized the SRI reading program to assist teachers in determining the skill level and instructional strategies for each
student in the 2009-2010 school year. Schools also implemented Read 180 at the initial stages with resources and training provided by Jane Meadow, RESA I. For those students
who were found to be non-readers, System 44 was utilized. Both of these programs were in initial stages in the 2009-2010 school year and will move forward in the 2010-2011
school year with continued support from RESA I.
Response To Intervention has been fully implemented in the elementary schools. Student Assistance Teams work with classroom teachers to implement various strategies to
solve problems. Again, Jane Meadow, RESA I, provided training and resources for teachers, Pre-K through 12, to work with different instruments to determine students' skill
levels and to drill down to particular skills on which to work. Tiered instruction as well as READ 180 and System 44 were implemented. In addition, the Triple E program was
implemented which allows time during day for students to work on targeted areas.
McDowell County was given several commendations during the November 2007 NCLB consolidated monitoring visit. These included the leadership by Central Office staff in
coordinating programs and funding to support student needs and to effectively implement NCLB and the 21 st Century Learning initiative; the electronic data collection method for
tracking high-quality professional development; on-going, sustained, professional development including the effective coaching model provided by the School Improvement
Facilitators; the “Parents Reading in Schools Monthly” program; the efficient means of providing pertinent information to parents via the County Handbook; and excellent
collaboration with other agencies. McDowell County will continue to meet these recommendations as evidenced within the goals and action steps of this plan.
McDowell County also received several recommendations. These include the time used by the Early Literacy Facilitators on administrative and clerical tasks, the limited staff
development/training in the definition and identification of homeless under the McKinney Vento program, and the fact that 100% of core classes are not taught by highly qualified
teachers. Also, recommendations for every elementary school included providing training to support the implementation of tiered instruction and utilizing and “in-class” model for
Tier I instruction. Several of these recommendations were addressed during the winter and spring of the 2008 school year. They will continue to be addressed as evidenced
within the goals and action steps of this plan.
Pre K Universal Audit Report:
McDowell County Pre K had an audit on April 1, 2010. The results of the audit were positive. McDowell County has been granted Universal status for the education of all 4 year
olds. The next review will be done during the 2013-2014 school year.
Highly Qualified Personnel Report:
Although McDowell County Schools showed improvement in the percent of Highly Qualified Teachers in 2011 with at 92.3% (higher than the state's 91.5%), 2012 data denotes
a decrease in the percent of highly qualified from 92.3% to 79,4%. McDowell County School has a higher percentage than the state in Reading/Language Arts and Foreign
Language. The percentage of highly qualified teachers at the middle school level is higher than the State average. Two out of ten schools have 100% of their staff highly
HOUSED in is the primary reason for
qualified: Kimball Elementary School and Fall River Elementary. Special Education teachers teaching in subjects other than those originally
not meeting highly qualified status. The least certified classes include the arts, science, and economics all of which fell below 75%.
Title I Federal Monitoring Report (2010-2011):
As required by NCLB §1112(a)(1), the McDowell County district administrators have developed a coordinated plan as part of an overall educational reform strategy. Review of this
plan indicates the correlates of effective schools are the basis for the goals and objectives. The district office staff is commended for the completeness and focus of this plan.
Additionally, the staff is commended for the manner in which the action steps have been incorporated into a work plan. The completion of the work tasks is monitored on a
regular basis both at central office meeting s and principal meetings.
As required by NCLB §1112(a)(1), the McDowell County district administrators are implementing the district strategic plan. The central office staff is to be commended for
conducting a curriculum audit in all Title I elementary schools as part of an overall educational reform strategy. Principals were asked to review all programs in the schools and
determine the value of the program based on its usage, alignment with the CSOs and district focus, and time necessary to implement the program.
McDowell County is commended for establishing a relationship with Concord University to create an administrative cohort group for aspiring administrators.
Several recommendations were made by the monitoring team including ensuring that there is a plan to make all teachers Highly Qualified. The Title II Coordinator has
an individual plan in place for all teachers not Highly Qualified.
It was also recommended that purchasing procedures be created to ensure all food purchases for parental involvement activities be necessary and reasonable. The Title I
Director has put in place a procedure for all food purchases and will monitor this closely.
Time and Effort documentation was also noted as a recommendation to be completed in a timely manner for all Title I funded personnel. Time and Effort documentation will be
maintained accurately for all staff members.
The current inventory system that is in place also does not provide all of the necessary fields needed in order to meet the requirements for Title I. A new system is being reviewed
and will be implemented this school year.
Each of the aforementioned recommendations has been addressed and is in full compliance.
The OEPA Checklist should be one source of data to assess school or county needs as you prioritize your strategic issues.
There are no negative consequences to checking “No” to a high quality standard since the checklist is not used for changing accreditation
or approval status or selection for on-site reviews.
The January 2010 OEPA Report indicated that McDowell County Schools had made improvement since the November 2001 Report. Progress was made in finance function and curriculum and
program development, thus returning the following to local control:
Establishment and Operation of a School Calendar; and
Other Decision Making Authorities of Local Board.
Deficiencies remain in personnel, policy update, and facility issues. Therefore, personnel, facilities and policy development, remain under state control.
The OEPA Checklist submitted identifies sixteen (16) ‘no’ responses. The OEPA Checklist 2010-2011 is reflective of the OEPA Report for McDowell County Schools dated January 2010. All
non-compliances were addressed in the OEPA Checklist and/or Five Year Strategic Plan.
Prioritized Strategic Issues
McDowell County Priorities:
1. Demonstrate annual growth in student achievement through effective implementation of NxG Standards;
2. Prepare college and/or career ready students;
3. Improve overall school climate and culture;
4. Maximize the potential of all staff by recruiting, training, and retaining Highly Effective teachers and administrators.
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I. Core Goal 1: To improve student achievement in all curricula through high quality instruction. (OEPA Standard 5.1.1)
1. Implement a rigorous standards-based curriculum for all students aligned with the WV CSOs/ NexGen Standards including 21st century content, learning skills and technology tools as
measured by lesson plans, walk-throughs, observations and evaluations.
2. Increase teacher efficacy through the creation and/or revision of curriculum maps and pacing guides in reading language arts and mathematics, as measured by formative and summative
3. Maximize staff utilization and increase learning opportunities for students by conducting curriculum audits across programmatic levels.
4. Assure articulation and alignment of the core curriculum through opportunities for collaborative team meetings as measured by anecdotal artifacts and evidence.
5. Increase growth in student achievement in mathematics and reading language arts in the "all" subgroup as measured by WESTEST2.
6. Increase growth in the number of students demonstrating the necessary readiness skills for kindergarten as measured by the Early Learning Scale.
7. Increase the percentage of core classes and special education classes taught by highly qualified teachers.
A. The LEA will provide training and support for formative and summative assessments, standards-based grading practices and 21st century standards-based lesson design to ensure
Core Plan Title I Title II Special Education Technology Dropout/Alternative Education
1. Provide site based trainings on formative assessment in reading and mathematics.
2. Continue providing site based trainings on standard-based grading and reporting utilizing Engrade, as needed.
3. Utilize ACT EXPLORE/PLAN results to determine college readiness standards for McDowell County Students in the areas of English, mathematics, reading, and science.
4. Establish instructional priorities using PLAN/EXPLORE summary profiles at each school.
5. Provide Advanced Placement course training.
6. Provide teachers site based training on utilizing the Acuity and WV Writes platforms.
7. Provide counselors site based training to facilitate dual credit and online college courses.
8. Revise K-12 curriculum maps in reading language arts and mathematics which include pacing with emphasis on Depth of Knowledge, bell ringers, short-cycle assessments, and Acuity
9. Improve student attendance by ensuring consistent daily bus transportation for all students by providing district funded training and licensing for prospective bus operators (County
responsibility--not funded by Title II).
10. Conduct regular review of programmatic usage specific to Acuity, Headsprout Reading, Lexia Reading, Read 180, Read Well, Language!, techSteps, WVEIS data, WV Writes and etc.
11. Provide Carnegie MATHia Software support for 6-8 mathematics and Math I's Cognitive Tutor via job-embedded professional development.
B. The LEA will provide professional development to improve content knowledge and use of high-yield practices for district and school level administration and teachers in core content
areas to improve student achievement.
Core Plan Title I Title II Special Education Technology
1. Provide GoToTraining to assist with providing increased professional development opportunities.
2. Provide supplies for professional development activities.
3. Provide funding for central office staff to attend WVDE, RESA and meetings relevant to improving student achievement and aligned with district and state initiatives.
4. Provide supplemental funding to assist with the implementation of personalized learning.
5. Provide funding for stipends for school teams to review assessment data and develop strategic plans.
6. Provide funds to support 21st century teaching and learning (Ex: techSteps, Acuity, WV Writes, etc.)
7. Provide funding for travel, stipends, etc. for teachers to attend content level state and/or national conferences.
8. Provide funding for personnel to attend and implement WVDE initiatives (stipends, travel reimbursement, etc.) Ex: Teacher Leadership Teams, Formative Assessment,
21st Century Mathematics, 21st Century Leadership for Principals, etc.
9. Provide funding to renew e-Walk licenses for administrators to collect data in order to determine professional development needs for effective strategies.
10. Provide funding for school-wide collaborative team planning meetings to continue development, implementation and monitoring of Strategic Plans.
11. Provide funding for in-classroom support for Carnegie MATHia (6-8), Math I mathematics teachers and K-5 Everyday Mathematics teachers.
12. Provide funding for in-classroom support for Reading and English Language Arts K-12 provivided by Kathy Snyder, Kathy Hawks, and Terry Reale.
13. Provide funding for APL Associates to train school teams in consistent and positive classroom management and application of effective instructional techniques.
14. Provide funding for conducting book studies with McDowell County central office and school personnel-teachers and administrators.
15. Provide Title II funding for 1/3 of the cost for a county-wide Technology Integration Coordinator to support schools in technology integration and professional
16. Provide Title II funding for 1/4 of the cost for a county-wide PreK-12 Curriculum Coordinator to support implementation of county and state initiatives.
17. Provide 50% of the funding for a secretary to manage all county professional development (Title II).
18. Provide funding for principals and central office staff to conduct data analysis.
19. Provide funding for continued implementation of Framing Your Success, a county-wide school improvement model focused on the following: (a).Working with staff to
identify successes and challenges and using this information to develop school level action plans (b) Providing strategies for continuous improvement to effectively build
capacity for sustained change; (c)Establishing a framework for developing mission and vision statements incorporating mutual values; (d) Enabling staff to use data to
drive their decisions leading to greater student achievement; and (e) Embedding 21st Century Skills across the curriculum, enabling educators to close the expectations
gap between school standards and workplace requirements.
20. Provide funding to support the School Improvement Specialist (a) Specialized professional development such as IPI; (b)Regular meetings/conferences; (c) Provide support
for all principals during county principal meetings; (d) Work closely with all schools as they begin implementing the Framing Your Success process with Edwards
Educational Services, et.al.; and (e) Provide support for schools in data driven decision making.
21. Provide training/support via learning communities for all K-12 staff in the writing process using 6 + 1 Writing Traits.
22. Provide funds to provide additional training for READ 180 teachers.
23. Provide time and training for the revision and/or creation of K-12 grade level and content level pacing guides and curriculum maps to ensure alignment of the written,
taught and assessed curriculum.
24. Provide funding for mathematics content specific professional development for elementary and secondary math teachers.
25. Provide funding for additional training to all employees on Policy 4373.
26. Provide extensive training for WVEIS users to ensure accuracy of data entry i.e., attendance codes, student enrollment process and drop-out identification.
27. Provide funding for the renewal of My Learning Plan to manage professional development and document compliance with NCLB.
28. Provide funding for substitutes for core classroom teachers to participate in high quality professional development, IPI, rounds, etc.
29. Provide job embedded professional development for technology integration by the district Technology Integration Coordinator.
30. Provide resources and professional development for teacher teams in understanding and utilizing the Next Generation Content Standards and Objectives for WV schools.
31. Provide professional development and support for McDowell County's first NBCT Cohort monthly.
32. Provide professional development for McDowell County 0-5 year Novice teachers monthly.
33. Provide additional professional development for 6-12 social studies teachers in NxG Standard implementation.
34. Provide professional development for the effective implementation/ and or transition of implementing NxG CSOs.
35. Continue training teacher/administrator teams in IPI (Instructional Practices Inventory).
D. Ensure accuracy of highly qualified data.
Core Plan Title II
1. WVEIS certification data will be entered and updated regularly for all teachers by the school principal.
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1. WVEIS certification data will be entered and updated regularly for all teachers by the school principal.
2. Provide support and additional training as needed for principals/guidance counselors on correct WVEIS entry i.e., course codes and master schedule data.
3. The principal will review all WVEIS certification data to identify potential problems and to address them.
4. Review assignment of all personnel for possible changes such as transfers and retirements.
5. Review regularly highly qualified data with all programmatic levels and subject areas.
6. Work collaboratively with county personnel office to identify areas of need and critical shortage.
E. Develop a plan that focuses on recruiting, retaining, and retraining highly qualified teachers in order to have 100% of core academic classes taught by highly qualified teachers.
Core Plan Title I Title II
1. As part of the LEA’s recruiting efforts, the personnel director will to go colleges and universities to recruit highly qualified staff.
2. Provide non-highly qualified teachers a copy of the county's Tuition Reimbursement Memo and Policy.
3. Post vacancies on the county website, as well as the WVDE's website.
4. Provide support for students in the Careers in Education course at River High School as a means of attracting talented McDowell County students into the field of
5. Provide support for teacher aides/ paraprofessionals currently hold two year degrees in becoming certified teachers and are willing to commit to working in the county for
6. Utilize the county’s tuition reimbursement policy to utilize Title I and Title II funding to assist teachers in completing the course work.
7. Provide funds to reimburse teachers who take and pass the Praxis certification in high need areas.
8. Require teachers who are on permit to become “highly qualified”.
9. Provide opportunities to obtain a teaching certificate through the Alternative Route Certification program.
10. Provide support for teachers wishing to seek National Board Certification.
11. Personnel Director will work with higher education and online colleges to provide credit for student teaching via substitute teaching.
12. Create a brochure and/or video highlighting McDowell County Schools' initiatives, benefits, and community.
13. Work collaboratively with RESA I and Concord University to improve the capacity of administrative applicants through a site-based leadership cohort.
14. Adjust the district's salary supplement to exceed the surrounding counties, if county funding allows.
15. Work with local realtors to assist in securing housing for new employees.
16. Provide support for new teachers through the mentoring program.
17. Sustain the extension of contract days for Title I staff.
18. Conduct phone interviews with out-of-state applicants when necessary.
19. Publish a critical needs teacher listing on the county web page.
20. Fund a McDowell County Transition to Teach Cohort for critical needs areas using SIG Funding.
21. Utilize the county's Individual Teacher Plan for achieving highly qualified teacher status.
22. Collaborate with Concord University and Bluefield State College to provide support for the Teacher In Residency Initiative.
23. Promote attendance at Advanced Placement Summer Institutes for AP instructors in core subject areas.
24. Send all job postings to local colleges.
25. Collaborate with Reconnecting McDowell in the creation of a Teacher Villages that will provide housing to new teachers.
26. When possible, utilize Virtual Schools to deliver core classes without certified teachers, utilizing substitute teachers as facilitators.
27. Utilize distance learning labs at both high schools to share qualified teachers between schools.
1. Assist core subject teachers on permit in becoming highly qualified through tuition reimbursement and Praxis reimbursement through their individualized Teacher Plan.
2. Monitor individualized highly qualified plans for non-highly qualified teachers.
3. Provide support for new teachers through the mentoring program.
4. Create a McDowell County New Teacher Cohort that will meet monthly for professional development and support.
5. Develop mentoring programs for teachers changing subjects and/or programmatic levels.
6. Support teachers seeking administrative certification via Title II funds.
7. Provide teacher support through peer coaching, in-classroom support, and mentors.
8. Provide opportunities for new teachers to attend WVCPD's Beginning Teacher Academy.
9. Create a county-wide Novice Teacher (0-5 years) Co-Hort which will meet monthly on teaching strategies and concerns of new teachers.
10. Offer a New Teacher Academy led by the External Partner, Edwards Educational Services on effective student improvement strategies.
11. Encourage and provide stipends for teachers pursuing National Board Certification.
12. Provide supports for highly qualified teachers in one core subject to become highly qualified in additional core subjects.
13. Provide teachers with a current faculty handbook developed by school leadership teams and purchased by school funds.
14. Support faculty through Framing Your Success establishing school learning teams that focus on implementing coherent, sustained, and evidenced-based learning
strategies that improve instruction effectiveness and subject achievement.
15. Identify the appropriate pathway and provide resources to support teachers in becoming highly qualified.
16. Provide technology support for teachers through a county-wide Technology Integration Coordinator (Funding provided via Title I, Title II, and County).
17. Recognize teacher accomplishments at Board Meetings.
18. Provide opportunities for all teachers to attend county professional development in their content areas.
19. Provide support for McDowell County School Leadership Teams to build leadership capacity at each school.
20. Send out certificate/permit expiration notices in a timely manner.
F. Due to the high number of teaching vacancies, McDowell County will implement a McDowell County Transition to Teaching (TtT) Cohort.
Core Plan Title I Title II
1. Utilize Title I (SIG) and Title II funding to support a Transition to Teach (TtT) Cohort in McDowell County. TtT is a 2 year program that provides coursework and support to
first year teachers beyond what they are able to receive through alternate certification programs.
2. SIG funding will support one TtT coach, travel and professional development for up to 10 teachers, as well as, textbooks and materials.
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II. Core Goal 2: To promote a culture of high expectations through positive relationship building and the development of effective
interpersonal skills. (OEPA Standard 5.1.3)
1. Eliminate and address each school's deficiencies as measured by school culture and climate surveys.
2. Foster a culture that accepts responsibility for success for all as measured by student/staff attendance and parental and community involvement.
3. Promote continuous improvement through continued implementation and strengthening of the Framing Your Success initiative, as measured by student achievement data, culture conditions
and practices data and other student outcome data.
4. Develop school and district leadership teams as measured by agendas and minutes.
5. Improve the performance of professional and service personnel by effectively mentoring, observing and evaluating employee performance.
6. Establish expectations that parents be treated as respected and valued partners as measured by surveys.
7. Promote a school culture which fosters relationships built on a foundation of mutual respect reciprocated by students and faculty as measured by school and district data.
8. Promote a learning environment which requires students to be accountable, self-directed and work collaboratively as measured by IPI Data and walk-throughs.
9. Foster a culture that accepts responsibility for all students as measured by school and district data.
A. Schools will implement an intervention model designed to identify at-risk students and provide support necessary to improve their physical/social/emotional well being.
Core Plan Title I Special Education Technology
1. Utilize positive behavior support strategies as part of classroom management in order to keep students in school and reduce the number of out-of-school suspensions.
2. Provide support for schools for continued training in discipline strategies.
3. Provide pertinent personnel with strategies and resources to prevent teenage pregnancy.
4. Provide professional development on the adminstration of the FitnessGram and HEAP Assessment and utilize the data to promote wellness and healthy choices (WVDE).
5. Provide increased opportunities for physical activity during and after the school day through the implementation of the State Let's Move initiative.
6. Provide a Community Eligibility Option Program to encourage participation and motivate students to adopt healthy eating habits.
7. Provide students attending after school programs with a new supper program to keep students focused and engaged.
8. Investigate funding School Social Workers to assist with social and emotional issues facing students and families.
9. Create a Social Services Program at Welch Elementary and Southside K-8 School for at-risk students using the Ripple Effect Program through SIG Funding.
10. Provide students with options such as grab and go breakfast, fruit and vegetable bar and salad bar.
11. Include and promote the implementation of the arts curricula aligned with best practices.
B. Review and evaluate progress towards strategic plan goals, objectives and actions on a regular basis.
Core Plan Title I Technology
1. LEA Adminstrators meetings are scheduled monthly to review and evaluate progress toward the strategic plan goals, objectives and actions.
2. Analyze Instructional Practices Inventory and e-Walk data during central office and principal meetings.
3. Central Office Administrators meetings are scheduled bi-monthly to review and revise the LEA Strategic Plan.
C. Provide funding for an In-school Suspension teacher at Mount View High School via Rural Low Income Schools Funding.
Core Plan RLIS Step 7
1. Improve the structure of the ISS classroom by providing academic tutoring and behavior modification, improved physicality of the room arrangement, and the use of adult mentors and
counselors (SIG funded).
2. Provide ISS support through the employment of a SIG-funded social worker.
3. Utilize effective ISS instructional tools such as Ripple Effects, LINKS, Character Education and other tools (Previously purchased).
4. Provide resources and/or supplies for ISS teacher (Step 7).
D. Ensure a quality education for all students through strong partnerships between home, school and community.
Core Plan Title I Title II Special Education Technology Parental Involvement
1. Every school and the LEA will include parent and community representatives in the Strategic Planning Process.
2. Every school will provide a welcoming environment for parents and the community.
3. Every school will utilize various forms of communication such as newsletters, open houses, web pages, PTO meetings, phone calls, etc.
4. Parents and students will be invited to attend Local Board meetings to receive recognition.
5. Parents will have 'real time' access to student grades and attendance via Engrade Software.
6. Central Office Staff will address all parent concerns in a timely manner.
7. Utilize School Messenger to inform parents of school events and emergency information.
8. Title I & Title II will host parent trainings to provide resources to strengthen student achievement.
9. LEA Title I newsletters are distributed to all parents quarterly.
10. Employ a Literacy Parent Assistant at all Title I Elementary Schools to assist with literacy activities and mentoring with Title I funding.
11. A PK-12 Parent Advisory Council (PAC) will meet monthly to participate in school/county decision making. (Title I and II Funding)
12. A PK-12 Special Education Parent Advisory Council will meet monthly to provide information concerning the special education program based on parent requests.
13. Implement Barter Theater's Project REAL (Reinforcing Edcuation Through Artistic Learning) at River View High School for the next five years.
E. Create a healthy and safe environment to promote student success and well-being.
Core Plan Title I Technology
1. Purchase and/or investigate funding sources to upgrade security surveillance systems for all schools.
2. Utilize School Messenger in order to deploy mass communication messages to parents, staff and students.
3. Utilize base stations for uninterrupted communication with bus operators and 911 McDowell County Control Center.
4. Update the county-wide preventive maintenance program.
5. Utilize the e-Walk Facility Walkthrough Form to ensure the overall cleanliness and organization of all schools.
6. Provide technical assistance to schools in their efforts to establish an advisor/advisee program.
7. LEA and School County Wellness Committees are established and meet quarterly to support students well-being.
8. Support schools with the implementation of Let's Move activities.
9. Community Eligibilty Option will be implemented for the 2012-2013 school year providing meals at no cost for all students.
10. Provide professional development to all staff on, WV State Code18-8-8, Policy 2422.4, Policy 4373, and Policy 2510.
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III. Core Goal 3: To provide personalized learning to ensure timely graduation with 21st century skills to become productive citizens.
1. Implement a comprehensive student support system for addressing student academic, physical, social and emotional needs as measured by SAT Logs, and WVEIS Intervention Logs.
2. Increase growth in the number of students meeting graduation requirements as measured by the four-year cohort rate.
3. Increase growth in the number of students entering post-secondary education and/or career technical opportunities as measured by fifth year exit surveys.
A. Schools will implement an intervention model designed to identify at-risk students and provide support necessary to increase student achievement.
Core Plan Title I Title II Special Education Technology Step 7
1. Ensure schools use assessments to diagnose, plan and provide supplemental instruction for students in a timely manner.
2. The WVEIS WOW Intervention Tab will be utlized to document interventions for students at risk for failure.
3. Implement a personal learning model to assist all students in mastering academic deficiencies in reading, mathematics and behavior by maximizing staff utilization and increasing learning
4. Utilize instructional resources (3rd-8th) and Instructional Probes (3rd-12th) on Acuity to close achievement gaps.
5. Provide 6th-9th grade students additional support through Carnegie's MATHia and Cognitive Tutor software (County Funded).
6. Family Literacy Tutors (Save the Children Funding) make home visits to idenified families providing parenting skills and strategies.
7. Host a Summer Academic Academy (Title I & Critical Skills Funding) which offers reteaching and enrichment of reading, mathematics, and the arts.
8. Offer After-School Program through DREAMS, Save the Children, and SIG Funding to address skill gaps.
9. Credit Recovery opportunities will be available during school, after school, and from the student's home.
10. Provide an Option Pathway Program at the Career Technology Center.
11. Title I staff will work in class with small group instruction focused on K-2 grade levels.
12. Title I and Special Ed Programs will provide students with additional support in reading through the use of HeadSprout Learning, Lexia Reading, READ 180, Read Well and Language!
13. Title II will provide professional development for teachers to ensure effective teaching strategies are being utilized to address individual student needs.
14. School Social Workers will provide social services for at-risk students and their families.
15. Continue the Memorandum of Understanding with CASEWV as a means of providing support the prevention of teenage pregnancy and substance abuse.
16. Investigate resources for supporting the prevention of teen pregnancy and existing teen parents.
17. Implement Alternative Education Program hosted at each high school which provides Credit Recovery, electives, and core subjects.
18. Provide after-school tutoring services for mathematics, English Language Arts, and/or Credit Recovery for students in 6th - 12th grade levels through SIG, Critical Skills, and Gear Up
B. Provide intervention support for schools via RLIS funds in order to improve student achievement.
Core Plan Special Education Dropout/Alternative Education Parental Involvement Step 7
1. Provide funding to employ/maintain a SAT (Student Assistance Team) chairperson for each school.
2. Utilize SAT chairs to schedule, facilitate the SAT and Support for Personalized Learning (SPL).
3. Provide resources and/or supplies for the SAT teams.
C. Increase growth in the number of students entering post-secondary education and/or career technology.
Core Plan Dropout/Alternative Education
1. Conduct student/parent conferences faciliated by counselors to develop a five year plan prior to the end of the 8th grade year.
2. Conduct student/parent conferences facilitated by counselors to review five year plans and identify career pathways prior to end of the 10th grade
3. Establish ACT Prep Workshops for students.
4. Analyze data to identify school, curricular, and student strengths and weaknesses.
5. Identify at-risk students demonstrating significant credit deficiencies who would benefit from enrollment in Option Pathway and/or after-school
Alternative Education Program.
6. Revise the Graduation Requirement Policy to reflect rigorous and relevant course alignment.
7. Increase the number of opportunities for students to enroll in honors, Virtual Courses, Advanced Placement and dual credit course offerings.
8. Implement the Hidden Promise Program in all secondary schools for five students from each grade (8-12) for the 12-13 school year.
D. Schools will provide all students personalized learning opportunities to meet their individual needs.
Core Plan Title I Special Education Technology Step 7
1. Provide after school tutoring programs through Title I, Save the Children and 21st Century Learning Grant funding.
2. Implement peer tutoring in grades 9-12.
3. Provide critical skills summer academic program via Title I and Critical Skills Grant Funding.
4. Provide after school and summer offerings for Credit Recovery through Step 7.
5. Provide support for the implementation of a credit recovery period at each high school and the Career Tech Center.
6. All schools will implement uninterrupted sustained silent reading for all students emphasizing student choice of the reading materials.
7. Provide Career Technology Exploratory offering through county funding.
8. Provide summer transition into middle school for all sixth grade students via 21st Century Learning Grant.
9. Provide ACT Prep for college bound students via Gear-up funds.
10. Implement College Summit to students in grades 9 and 12 via Step 7 funds.
11. Implement the Accelerated Reader Program at all elementary and middle schools in order to provide extended opportunities for reading on their individual Lexile level while increasing
comprehension skills through high interest text.
12. Provide LEA support for personalized learning including small group and differentiated learning.
13. Title I staff will focus on K-2 "push-in" small group instruction.
14. Utilize the WVEIS WOW Intervention tab to track individual student growth and progress within interventions.
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IV. Federal Compliance Special Education: The district will implement the Special Education programmatic requirements as defined by IDEA.
4.1 Increase the graduation rate for students with disabilities from 66.67% to 70%.
4.2 Decrease the drop out rate for youth with IEPs from 5% to 3%.
4.3 The number of students with disabilities proficient in Math and Reading on statewide assessments will increase at all levels by 1%.
4.4 The percent of students with IEPs ages 6 through 21 inside regular class 80% or more of the day will decrease 1%.
4.5 The number of students either enrolled in higher education or in some employment within one year of leaving high school will increase.
Special Education 04-Professional Development:
Provide professional development to improve achievement of students with exceptionalities.
Core Plan Special Education
4.1 - Provide stipends and fixed costs for professional development (PD) on the Updates on Policy 2419 to special education teachers, administrators and service personnel which includes 50
participants- funding source IDEA School Age 3-21
4.2 - Provide stipend and fixed costs for PD on the Updates on Policy 2419 to one gifted teacher - funding source State Aid
4.3 - Provide stipends and fixed costs for PD on Support for Personalized Learning (SPL) to Special Education Team Facilitators and administrators for 25 participants - funding source IDEA
School Age 3-21
4.4 - Provide stipends and fixed costs for PD on Online IEP updates for special education teachers for 50 participants - funding source IDEA School Age 3-21
4.5 - Provide stipend and fixed costs for PD on Online IEP updates for one gifted teacher - funding source State Aid
4.6 - Provide stipends and fixed costs for PD on Manifestation Determination Review for administrators and special education teachers which includes 30 participants -funding source IDEA
School Age 3-21
4.7 - Provide stipends and fixed costs to review Data Analysis for Annual Desk Audit (ADA) for PERC, administrators and special education teachers which includes 12 participants - funding
source IDEA School Age 3-21
4.8 - Provide stipends and fixed costs for PD on Specialized Health Care and CPI for service personnel which includes 15 participants - funding source IDEA School Age 3-21
4.9 - Provide stipends and fixed costs for special education teachers to attend WVDE academies: Autism, Math, Literacy and T1 - funding source IDEA School Age 3-21
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V. Federal Compliance Technology: To improve student achievement through increased access to 21st century teaching and learning.
To ensure that all eleven county schools have an adequate computers to provide for 21st century instruction and assessment.
Current Status: All of McDowell County Schools have met the Student: Computer Ratio.
All of McDowell County Schools have met the Teacher: Computer Ratio.
Counts of Student Computers XP and Higher
K-5 6:0 Target Met
6-12 4:1 Target Met
Total Windows Windows
September 2012 Windows 7 Computer
Students XP Vista
ANAWALT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 104 0 46 29 1.4
BRADSHAW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 204 131 0 6 1.5
CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY CENTER 236 211 12 0 1.1
FALL RIVER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 132 34 87 10 1.0
IAEGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 295 0 228 11 1.2
KIMBALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 225 8 125 90 1.0
MOUNT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 799 179 242 185 1.3
SANDY RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 257 26 156 68 1.0
SOUTHSIDE K-8 455 51 97 247 1.2
WELCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 289 10 148 130 1.0
RIVER VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 549 0 405 31 1.3
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Counts of Teacher Computers XP and Higher
1:1 Target Met
September 2012 Total Teachers Windows XP Windows Vista Windows 7 Computer
ANAWALT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 14 5 9 1 0.9
19 7 12 0 1.0
CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY
13 18 3 0 0.6
FALL RIVER ELEMENTARY
13 0 5 9 0.9
IAEGER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 27 0 28 0 1.0
KIMBALL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 27 0 30 15 0.6
MOUNT VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 74 11 67 48 0.6
SANDY RIVER MIDDLE SCHOOL 19 1 23 3 0.7
SOUTHSIDE K-8 41 0 0 45 0.9
WELCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 27 0 28 0 1.0
RIVER VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 39 0 40 0 1.0
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School Year State Target Number of Schools That Have
Elementary (K-5) – 3:1 Met Target Secondary (6-12) -
2008-2009 5 met; 2 did not meet target 2 met; 4 did not meet target
6 met; 0 did not meet target 4 met; 1 did not meet target
4 met; 1 did not meet target, as
6 met; 0 did not meet target reflected on State site. Only
because it says River View is
not typed. There actual ratio is
1.3 to 1.
6 met; 0 did not meet target 5 met; 0 did not meet target
As measured by:
School Year Number of schools that have met
Teacher 1:1 ratio
2008-2009 6 met; 5 did not meet target
2009-2010 10 met; 0 did not meet target
11 met; 0 did not meet target
2011-2012 11 met ; 0 did not meet target
To ensure that all students are technology literate.
School Year Projects Projects Projects Projects Projects per Projects Projects Projects Projects Projects Projects
per per per per Student per per
student Student Student Student 6 th Grade Student Student
per per per per
K-2 3 rd Grade 4 th Grade 5 th Grade 7 th Grade 8 th Grade Student Student Student Student
9th 10th 11th 12th
Grade Grade Grade Grade
2009-2010 Actual: Actual:2.07 Actual:2.25 Actual:1.72 Actual:2.39 Actual Actual
K- 2.80 2.55 2.28
1 - 2.76 Target Target Target Target Target
2 - 2.35 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0
Target projects projects projects projects projects
6.0 per student per student per student per student per student
2010-2011 Actual: Actual: Actual: Actual: Actual: 3.92 Actual: Actual: Actual Actual Actual Actual
K- 5.29 4.96 5.18 4.65 4.08 3.75
1 - 5.39 Target Target Target Target Target
Target Target Target Target
2 - 5.42 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 projects 6.0 6.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Target projects projects projects per student projects projects project project project project
6.0 per student per student per student per student per student Social Social Social Social
Studies Studies Studies Studies
2011-2012 Actual Actual: Actual 4.17 Actual 3.87 Actual 2.94 Actual Actual Actual 0 Actual 0 Actual 0 Actual 0
K-5.19 4.57 Target Target Target 3.31 2.89
1 - 4.67 Target 6.0 6.0 6.0 projects Target Target Target Target Target Target
6.0 projects projects per student 6.0 6.0
2 - 5.13 projects per student per student projects projects
1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Target project project project project
per student per student per student
per per per per
per student Science Science Science Science
and and and and
Social Social Social Social
Studies Studies Studies Studies
2012-2013 Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual
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2012-2013 Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual Actual
Target Target Target Target Target 6.0 Target Target Target Target Target Target
6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 projects 6.0 6.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
projects projects projects projects per student projects projects projects projects projects projects
per per per per per per per per per per
student student student student student student student student student student
The McDowell County Technology Department determined the 9th - 12th grade social studies and science content teachers will provide opportunities for
each student to complete one project during the 2011-2012 school year. Additional professional development will be planned throughout the beginning
of the school year to assist with this goal. A TIS was hired at Mount View High School through SIG 1003(g) funds to assist with this goal by providing
sustained support and professional development for teachers. The County TIS will also provide professional development sessions as well as sessions
funded by TFS money for K-12 teachers.
K-8 teachers will continue to strengthen their understanding and implementation of all 6 projects per student. The County TIS will provide additional
training sessions differentiated for specific needs. The Technology Department will review data and determine specific grade levels and schools where
techSteps implementation needs improved. These particular classroom teachers and schools will receive in-class modeling and support by School Kit
presenter provided by WVDE.
A TIS was sustained for Sandy River Middle School through SIG 1003(g) Funds. This TIS will continue her work to provide sustained professional
development for classroom teachers in regards to techSteps implementation.
The Technology Integration Specialists meet with the Technology Coordinator once each month to review the data. The data is shared with principals at
the monthly administrators meeting for review and planning meetings.
A Technology Systems Specialist is employed for both Welch Elementary School and Mount View High School through grant funding provided by the
WVDE. This staff member will provide preventive maintenance on hardware and software to enable teachers and students to have properly working
technology tools. A TSS will also continue work at River View High School and Southside K-8 School for the 2011-2012 school year. There are 3 full
time RESA Technicians employed to support McDowell County Schools technology infrastructure and hardware.
2011-2012 techSteps Reports
YTD AVG AVG
Number YTD YTD AVG Standard
Account Cyber Safety Profile
Grade of Projects Projects Deviation
Name Lessons Attainment
Students Assessed per Student (Pop)
per Student Points
McDowell K 279 1463 5.19 1.62 0.13 NA
County 1 258 1232 4.67 1.91 0.28 NA
Schools 2 272 1421 5.13 1.71 0.43 NA
3 255 1180 4.57 1.65 0.21 74.15
4 279 1176 4.17 1.91 0.28 147.97
5 258 1005 3.87 1.87 0.34 193.60
6 273 814 2.94 2.89 0.99 96.61
7 282 948 3.31 2.56 1.04 138.99
8 251 731 2.89 2.88 0.86 169.34
The Average Profile Attainment Points collected for students is monitored by the McDowell County Technology Department. The goal for the 8th grade
students for the 2011-2012 school year was 100 points. McDowell County Schools did not met this goal. The county will offer more pofessional
development on how to incorporate TechSteps in the curriculum. This will help to increase the ability to complete more projects. The goal for
2012-2013 will be 250 points.
Bandwidth Phase Upgrade Data
Current Current Phase Phase
Bandwidth Router I II
Anawalt 20 CISCO 2651 yes no
Bradshaw 0.768 CISCO2651 no no
Fall River 20 CISCO2651 yes
Iaeger 0.768 CISCO 2651 yes no
Kimball 20 CISCO 2651 yes no
Welch 20 CISCO 2651 yes no
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Current Current Phase Phase
Bandwidth Router I II
Career and Tech
20 CISCO 2651 yes no
Mount View High 20 CISCO 2651 yes no
Sandy River Middle 3 CISCO 2651 no no
Southside K-8 6 CISCO 2651 no no
River View High Schools is listed as a non typed school. Their current bandwidth is 100Mb. Their router is the CISCO 2651.
TECH 01: The county will budget for and use the technology equipment/ infrastructure that supports the acquisition of
twenty-first century skills
Core Plan Title I Special Education Technology
1. Leverage erate funding to maximize funding for infrastructure/internal connections for updating wireless at all schools to N network. Leverage
erate funding to maximize funding for 100Mb WAN
2. Provide access to the Internet and WVEIS.
3. Departments will blend funds to purchase additional hardware and software to increase academic achievement and access.
4. Investigate and apply for grants to help secure funding to increase broadband and computer upgrades for McDowell County Schools.
5. County Technology Integration Coordinator will collaborate with all parties (Special Education, Title I, Textbook Adoption Committees, and
etc.) pertaining to the purchasing of all technology hardware and software for all schools.
6. Continue to strengthen the use of web-portal software that will provide communication with parents, online grading, and web-page design for
schools and classrooms.
7. Provide funds to purchase additional technology equipment to strengthen 21st century technology integration.
8. E-rate funding was used to upgrade all wireless networks to N the past school year.
9. Investigate cost for upgrading all cabling to CAT 6E for all schoools.
10. Support the installation of new BTOP routers in order to provide 100Mb speed to all schools.
11. New cabinetswere purchased to support high end routers provided by BTOP.
12. Schools will use technology resources to collect and analyze data, interpret results, and communicate findings to maximize student learning.
Modern technologies such as netbooks, student responders, and SMART classroom presentation stations will be utilized for efficiency and
13. Departments will blend funds to purchase additional hardware and software to increase academic achievement and access.
14. Investigate and apply for grants to help secure funding to increase broadband and computer upgrades for McDowell County Schools.
15. See each schools Technology Action (1) to review the individual purchases made with TFS money.
16. Purchase technology equipment that will develop 21st century content knowledge and skills using TFS and other blended funding.
17. Purchase technology equipment that will develop 21st century content knowledge and skills using TFS money. (See Chart in Compliance 1)
18. TFS funds will be used to purchase desktops, laptops, printers, Elmo document cameras, SMARTboards, and a sets of responders.
19. Title purchased iPads for utilization of Acuity, accelerated reader, Lexia, and Headsprout. Each school's Title I team received 5 iPads for small
group instruction. Each Elementary school also received a K-2 cart and a 3-5 cart with 25 iPads from the Title I department.
20. Special Education funds will be used to purchase laptops, desktops, printers, responders, and dcoument cameras.
21. There are step 7 mini grants available for teachers to purchase technology equipment.
22. The Title I department purchased SMART tables for all of the Kindergarten clasess.
23. The county purchased 3 new stationary labs, 15 sets of responders, 15 document cameras, 7 printers, 42 laptops
24. The county updated all school servers using local funds to enhance the use of computers in the schools.
Elmo document cameras
TECH 02: The county will focus on using technology to improve achievement of all students with special emphasis on high need
and high poverty students.
Core Plan Title I Technology
TECH 03: The county will ensure that the use of telecommunications and internal connections in the schools will enhance student
Core Plan Technology
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1. Students will use email as well as online discussions (i.e., wikis and blogs) for learning including virtual school classes.be used to access student benchmark test results. Instruction will be differentiated based on data analysis.
Software, Writes, Carnegie, Mathia, and
2. Acuity Benchmarkthe internetLexia, Headsprout, techSteps, WVas the senior project/ePortfolios.Accelrated Reader will
research based projects such
3. Students will use the internet forcomplete assessments such as the WESTEST Online Writing Assessment, SuccessNet, and etc.
4. Students will use to utilize techSteps in the K-8 classrooms where all 6 projects are to be completed by all students.
5. Teachers willgrades 9th - 12th will begin utilizing techSteps for the 2011-2012 school year. The goal will be for the Social Studies and Science content teacher to complete one project with each class.
6. Teacherslearning as well as virtual school classes will be available for students. A Virtual Schools Advisory Team will be created and supported by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction.
7. A Distance Learning Lab was installed at both high schools to broadcast math and english courses to assist with teacher shortage.
8. We have increased the number of Globaloria participants, a web-based program where students learn to analyze, design and build web-based games and simulations that address globally relevant and social issues of their choice and
9. passion. We have expanded from only offering Globaloria at Sandy River Middle School to now offering it at Southside K-8 7th/8th graders, Mt View Middle 7th/8th graders, Mt View High School, and River View High School.
hardware and software to strengthen their problem-based learning
10. 21st Century DREAMs afterschool program sites will utilize technologyonline grading, and web-page design for schools and classrooms. projects including but not limited to Acuity, PLATO, WV Writes, and Everyday Mathematics Online.
that provides communication with
11. Utilize web-portal softwarefor data lines and voice services forparents, communication and collaboration.
Request e-rate discounts improved
12. Work with WVDE and Governor's Office of Technology to acquire 100Mb WAN to all schools through BTOP.
13. All county personnel and students will be retrained on the county Acceptable Use Policy, including the use of emerging technologies, in order to ensure acceptable use and provide schools access to new technology safely.
14. All student workstations will be protected with the Deep Freeze Enterprise.
15. The county purchased 4 iPad carts for the secondary schools using Textbook to Technology funds.
The following schools will receive school-wide wireless implementations on behalf of the WV Department of Education Tools for Schools funding for Funding Year 2011. This implementation will include (but is not limited to): cabling, electronics, UPS,
wireless access points, controllers and other equipment required to complete the installation.
County School Ben Total Commitment Request County Share
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 26651 $ 55,179.74 $ 49,661.77 $ 5,517.97
FALL RIVER ELEMENTARY
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 26654 $ 59,461.92 $ 53,515.73 $ 5,946.19
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 26664 $ 58,146.22 $ 52,331.60 $ 5,814.62
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 26667 $ 81,953.64 $ 73,758.28 $ 8,195.36
MCDOWELL SOUTHSIDE K-8 16043549 $ 111,047.56 $ 99,942.80 $ 11,104.76
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 26650 $ 76,690.84 $ 69,021.76 $ 7,669.08
MCDOWELL VOC-TECH CENTER 26649 $ 52,548.34 $ 42,038.67 $ 10,509.67
MOUNT VIEW HIGH
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 26647 $ 112,363.26 $ 89,890.61 $ 22,472.65
MCDOWELL RIVER VIEW HIGH SCHOOL 16051747 $ 100,397.14 $ 80,317.71 $ 20,079.43
SANDY RIVER MIDDLE
MCDOWELL SCHOOL 203357 $ 56,830.52 $ 45,464
TECH 04: To provide increased access to technology for students and teachers.
Core Plan Title I Technology
1. Sandy River Middle School will continue to benefit from an on-school site TIS for the fourth year through the 1003g Grant. This will continue to
assist students to cross the digital divide. Using the grant funds, the school continues to have a Technology Integration Specialist which specializes
in providing professional development to staff, model integration of technology tools to classroom teachers, and offer support for
2. Mount View High School will continue to have a TIS for the 2012-2013 school year through 1003g Funding. The TIS will provide sustained
professional development support for classroom teachers and model technology integration in the classroom.
3. Continue to search for grants and other funding opportunities to assist with the maintenance/purchasing of new hardware and software.
4. techSteps/Plato Platform online will be available for students and teachers to access from home for extended learning.
5. Purchase technology equipment that will develop 21st century content knowledge and skills using TFS money. (See Chart in Compliance 1)
6. TFS funds will be used to purchase desktops, laptops, printers, Elmo document cameras, SMARTboards, and a sets of responders.
7. Title purchased iPads for utilization of Acuity, accelerated reader, Lexia, and Headsprout. Each school's Title I team received 5 iPads for small
group instruction. Each Elementary school also received a K-2 cart and a 3-5 cart with 25 iPads from the Title I department.
8. Special Education funds will be used to purchase laptops, desktops, printers, responders, and dcoument cameras.
9. There are step 7 mini grants available for teachers to purchase technology equipment.
10. The Title I department purchased SMART tables for all of the Kindergarten clasess.
11. All elementary schools are to complete 6 techSteps projects by the end of the school year.
12. All schools will utilize the use of Mimio Sprouts and Lexia to assist teachers in achieving RLA goals
13. McDowell County utilizes Engrade for online grading and a parental communication tool
TECH 05: To use innovative strategies to provide for an effective model for the distance delivery or virtual delivery of instruction.
Core Plan Technology
1. Collaborate with institutions of higher learning to offer distance learning courses for students.
2. Enroll students in WV Virtual School classes. Strengthen the use of WV Virtual Schools by creating a Virtual School Advisory Council comprised
of course facilitators, counselors, principals, Technology Coordinator, and led by the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction.
3. Provide Spanish teachers through the online Spanish program through the WV Virtual School. All middle school and high school Spanish courses
are provided through the program due to lack of highly qualified world language teachers.
4. Continue implementing WV On Target. This program will assist McDowell County Schools develop an effective Credit Recovery Program
designed to prevent students from dropping out of school and foster academic success.
5. Offer NASA classroom simulations.
6. Teachers will complete distance learning courses such as WVLEARNS to become better prepared as to how to integrate 21st century skills into
7. Continue to implement Globaloria, a web-based program where students learn to analyze, design and build web-based games and simulations that
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7. Continue to implement Globaloria, a web-based program where students learn to analyze, design and build web-based games and simulations that
address globally relevant and social issues of their choice and passion, for Sandy River Middle, Southside K-8, Mt View Middle, Mt View High,
and River View High.
8. GEAR Up funds will sustain the use of a Distance Learning Lab at both River View High School and Mount View High School. This will allow
for students to receive instruction from a certified teacher as well as have course offerings from other institutions.
9. Teachers have the ability to communicate via wikis/blogs and other web 2.0 tools such as YUGMA to allow for classes to collaborate with one
10. County Technology Integration Specialist will provide information to teachers concerning registration for the WVLEARNS e-learning courses.
11. County Technology Integration Specialist will deliver on-site and off-site professional development sessions for software and tech integration
including Acuity, WV Writes, techSteps, Microsoft Office Applications, and more. See the Professional Development Chart.
12. TISs are in place to provide sustained professional development at , Mount View High School and Sandy River Middle School. Teachers from
other schools will be afforded professional development opportunities by TISs.
TECH 06: To promote collaboration with various partners including parents, community organizations, higher education, school
of colleges and universities, employers and content providers.
Core Plan Technology Dropout/Alternative Education Parental Involvement
1. Provide long distance and voice service to every school in the county.
2. Parenting/school information will be available on school and county webpages and county phone system.
3. Implement School Messenger to provide communication for staff, students, and parents. Attendance calls will be made at 10:00am utilizing data entries in WVEIS. School principals will be
able to make calls from the school level using the automated calling system.
4. Provide software and professional development for schools to create school and teacher webpages.
5. Create and maintain a school calendar via the county web page for parents to access county/school information.
6. Utilize the county webpage, MyLearning Plan, and eventbrite.com to register for upcoming professional development.
7. Utilize the county webpage to post available jobs and up-to-date county news.
8. Utilize Engrade Online Gradebook software to keep parents informed of student progress and attendance. Parents can sign-up for email alerts and monitor their child's achievement 24/7.
Parents in Title I and SIG Schools will have scheduled trainings for parents on the system.
9. LEA Technology Team reports monthly progress at Parent Advisory Council Meetings sponsored by Title I and II. This helps to keep the community aware of progress in technology
TECH 07: To plan for professional development activities for using the telecommunications network for training teachers and
administrators to improve the integration of technology.
Core Plan Technology
1. Provide professional development and continued support for teachers using techSteps, Writing Roadmap, Engrade, and Acuity software. The above mentioned software is aligned with the
WV CSOs and Technology Standards.
2. Offer training on the use and integration of whiteboards, wireless chalkboards, iPads, and personal student responders in the classroom.
3. McDowell County Technology Integration Specialist will work cooperatively with classroom teachers in the design of instructional processes that foster 21st century learning. The specialist
will prepare principals and teachers as to how to integrate 21st century skills into their schools and classrooms.
4. McDowell County Teacher Leadership Team will act as a resource and support team that will assist with building knowledge and skills related to the Frameworks of High Performing 21st
Century Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.
5. Teachers at Sandy River Middle School and Mount View High School will receive 21st century teaching and learning professional development from the school based TIS via 1003g Grant.
6. McDowell County Schools' teachers will have the opportunity to attend the 2013 Geek Week.
7. Teacher Leadership Team will continue to meet monthly to participate in WVDE sponsored webinars, plan for future professional development sessions, and collaborate concerning the
needs of our teachers/students.
8. Staff can request in-class modeling, grade-level collaboration meeting trainings, group sessions, and more by completing an online request form located on the County Technology
Integration Specialist homepage.
9. Utilize Zoomerang and other survey tools to gather feedback on the quality of professional development, as well as future needs.
10. Staff will have opportunites to attend GoToMeeting webinars hosted by McDowell County Schools.
11. Train parents on using PARENT21 and Engrade(the new online gradebook) resources to increase the home to school connection.
12. Teachers will utilize Acuity to create classroom assessments and to provide targeted instruction and practice on unmastered skills.
13. Maintain a WV Writes Advisory Team of Trainers. The WV Writes Trainers will provide training to all content area teachers to improve writing
across the curriculum.
14. Maintain an Acuity Advisory Team of Trainers. The Acuity Trainers will provide training to all content area teachers 3- 12.
15. The Plato Learning Online Platform will be utilized to provide students with credit recovery, homebound resources, and extended learning
16. eWalk and mVal will be utilized by all school principals and Central Office Administrators to provide feedback to schools, as well as teachers, on
implementation of county initiatives.
17. All McDowell County K-8 Schools will target 6 techSteps projects into their existing curriculum to strengthen technology competency skills.
Social Studies and Science teachers in grades 9th - 12th grade will complete one project per year with students.
18. Utilize technology curriculum standards and instructional guides for integrating 21st century content, skills, and tech tools. The standards will be
added to the curriculum maps that will be created for 6-12 instruction.
19. Teachers and administrators will utilize the GLOBAL 21 site to create more engaging lessons through the use of the ideas and strategy bank,
review model classrooms via video, and review the Interactive CSOs when planning.
20. Programs such as techSteps, Lexia, Headsprout, Carnegie, Everyday Mathematics, Read 180, Success Net, Plato, and etc. will be used to improve
student achievement. Assessment reports will be utilized by teachers to track student progress.
21. Teachers will have access to WV Writes to increase student achievement.
22. Provide professional development to classroom teachers in the use of Acuity for formative county benchmark assessments that McDowell County
students will take quarterly online.
23. Utilize web-portal software to provide communication with parents, online grading, and web-page design for schools and classrooms.
24. Sandy River Middle School and Mount View High School employ a TIS which will assist students to cross the digital divide. Using the 1003g
funds, the school has a Technology Integration Specialist which specializes in providing professional development to staff, model integration of
technology tools to classroom teachers, and offer support for parents/community.
25. Teachers will be offered job embedded support through retired teachers using various funding.
26. The Office of Title I will train kindergarten teachers on the SMART tables that will be installed in their classrooms.
27. The Special Education Department will hold Online IEP training for all Special Education teachers.
28. Title I teachers will be trained on the WVEIS Intervention Tab
29. The county school system will offer Cyberbullying trainig to increase the awareness of this topic.
30. McDowell County schools will offer onTarget WV training to secondary teachers who will utilize the platform.
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Beginning Date Ending Date Other Date Related Goal(s) Topic Audience Mode Funding Source(s) Local Use
Jul 01, 2012 Jun 28, 2013 Goals 1-3 Framing Your Success Teachers and Admin Embedded PD Title I, II, Spec Ed
Jul 22, 2012 Aug 24, 2012 Goal 1 & 2 Teacher Leadership Classroom Teachers Conference WVDE/ Title I
Grades 4th & 5th 4/5, Central Office
Jul 30, 2012 Aug 01, 2012 Goals 1-3 New Teacher Academy 0-3 Teachers Workshop SIG/ Title I
- Framing Your
Aug 08, 2012 Aug 10, 2012 Goals 1 - 7 Five Year Strategic School Leadership Conference/ Work Title I , Title II, SIG
Planning Retreat Teams Sessions
Aug 15, 2012 Aug 15, 2012 Goal 2 Policy 4373 Training Administrators Trainer Led NA
Aug 20, 2012 Jun 07, 2013 Goal 1 Job Embedded TtT TtT Participants Coaching Model SIG
Coaching Model through SIG
Aug 21, 2012 Aug 21, 2012 Goals 1-3 NxG All K-12 Teachers TLI Team Led
Aug 21, 2012 Aug 21, 2012 Goal 1 Fitness Gram & All PE/Health Teachers Trainer Led/Vicky
Innovative Strategies Lacey
Aug 21, 2012 Aug 21, 2012 Goal 1 & 3 Spanish/Virtual All Virtual Schools Trainer Led/WVDE
Schools Training Teachers
Aug 21, 2012 Aug 21, 2012 Goals1 & 2 PreK Training/Updates All PreK Staff Trainer Led
Aug 21, 2012 Aug 21, 2012 Goal 1 & 3 New Textbook Training 6-9 Mathematics Trainer Led
for Carnegie Teachers
Aug 22, 2012 Aug 22, 2012 Goal 2 Policy 4373 Review All Schools Led By Trainer Led NA
Aug 22, 2012 Aug 22, 2012 Goal 2 & 3 WVEIS WOW Classroom Teachers presentation N/A IS Day
Sep 13, 2012 Sep 13, 2012 Goals 1-3 Goals 1-3 Demonstration/ SIG Administrators Trainer Led NA
Sep 17, 2012 Sep 17, 2012 Goal 1 & 2 Counselor Evaluation School Counselors Trainer Led NA
Training and Administrators of
Oct 26, 2012 Oct 28, 2012 Goals 1-3 School Leadership SLT Teams and Admin Conference SIG / Title I and Title II
Jan 10, 2013 Jan 10, 2013 Goals 1-3 Cyberbullying; It Does Administrators Trainer Led NA
Matter; and Policy 4373
Jan 21, 2013 Jan 21, 2013 Goals 1-3 CTC Training Updates All CTC Teachers/Staff Trainer Led
Feb 20, 2013 Feb 22, 2013 Goal1 School Improvement SIG Schools Conference SIG Grant
Mar 22, 2013 Mar 24, 2013 Goal 1,3 and 6 DI for the Little Guy K-2 Teachers, K Conference Title I
Confernce Instructional Aides,
Elem Admin, Title I
and Spec Ed
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