Francis H. Cortney Junior High School
Clark County School District
5301 E. Hacienda Ave. Teresa J. Holden, Principal
Las Vegas, NV 89122 Grade Levels: 6-8
Ph: 702-799-2400 Fax: 702-799-2407 Website: schools.ccsd.net/cortney
2008-2009 School Accountability Summary Report
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The mission at Francis H. Cortney Junior High School is to create an environment that is student centered, where respect, motivation, and
responsibility challenge students academically, behaviorally, and socially as students transition from elementary to junior high to high school.
Principal's Highlights Goals and Objectives
Students, staff, and community members work together to
create a safe, positive, and academically challenging Goal 1
environment. The Cortney team is committed to preparing all Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will increase achievement in
students for their future. reading as measured by the 2009 Nevada CRT.
• We made Adequate Yearly Progress, fulfilling the No Child Objective(s):
Left Behind requirements school-wide.
The school-wide proficiency rate in reading will increase from
47.9% to 55.0%.
• Writing, reading, and math camps were held to assist
struggling students. Goal 2
Students in grades 6, 7, and 8 will increase achievement in
• Mock writing exams were given throughout the school year mathematics as measured by the 2009 Nevada CRT.
in all grades to prepare students for the NV writing exam.
• Teachers collaborated weekly to ensure quality instruction The school-wide proficiency rate in mathematics will increase
based on individual student needs. from 51.75% to 57%.
• AVID parent/student night and barbeque was held to review Goal 3
student responsibilities and college bound attitudes. Students will increase achievement in writing standards as
measured by the 2009 NV Writing Proficiency Exam.
• Numerous recognition/incentive programs rewarded
hundreds of students for academic, attendance and Objective(s):
behavioral successes. The school-wide proficiency rate in writing will increase from
39.7% to 52%.
• Staff members were provided with additional support and
training through the assistance of region mentors.
• Cobra Book Club was established; students read for
enjoyment and discussed the books monthly.
• Extra-curricular sports and activities continue to be
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Demographics and Student Information
Data are provided by the Nevada Department of Education using the state student information system. Demographic profiles are reported by
gender, race/ethnicity, and special student populations as of count day. Student Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is the percentage of the school
enrollment in attendance on an "average school day" as of the 100th day of school.
Enrollment # Enrollment % Avg Daily Attendance
School District School District School District State
Total Students 1,317 311,039 100.0 % 100.0 % 94.2 % 94.5 % 94.7 %
Male 692 160,299 52.5 % 51.5 % * * *
Female 625 150,740 47.5 % 48.5 % * * *
American Indian/Alaskan Native - 2,413 - 0.8 % - 93.0 % 93.6 %
Asian/Pacific Islander 104 29,401 7.9 % 9.5 % 95.8 % 96.3 % 96.3 %
Hispanic 728 125,817 55.3 % 40.5 % 95.0 % 94.5 % 94.7 %
Black/African American 169 43,682 12.8 % 14.0 % 91.3 % 92.9 % 93.1 %
White 307 109,726 23.3 % 35.3 % 93.1 % 94.8 % 94.8 %
IEP 130 31,860 9.9 % 10.2 % 91.9 % 92.8 % 93.2 %
LEP 229 62,734 17.4 % 20.2 % 95.2 % 95.2 % 95.3 %
FRL 812 132,587 61.7 % 42.6 % 93.9 % 94.0 % 94.2 %
Migrant N/A N/A N/A N/A * * *
IEP = Students with Disabilities ‘-’ indicates data not presented for groups fewer than 10.
LEP = Students with Limited English Proficiency ‘N/A’ indicates a population of zero.
FRL = Students qualifying for Free/Reduced Lunch ‘*’ indicates data are not available.
Transiency, Truancy, and Discipline
Transiency Rate 34.9 % 32.5 %
Habitual Truancy - # of Incidents 10 1,961
Discipline - # of Incidents Resulting in Supension/Expulsion for: by NDE as of
Violence to Other Students 33 5,150
Violence to Staff 0 109
Possession of Weapon 0 370
Distribution of Controlled Substance 0 108
Possession/Use of Controlled Substance 0 770
Possession/Use of Alcohol 0 219
Habitual Disciplinary Expulsions 0 22 Average Class Size
Incidents are reported at the school where the action occurred.
Data reported as of the end of the school year. Subject Area School District
Retention English 28 25
Mathematics 29 26
Grade School # School % District # District %
Science 30 28
6 4 0.9 % 252 1.1 %
Social Studies 32 28
7 9 2.2 % 405 1.7 %
Average Class Size is listed for all core classes where students rotate
8 4 0.9 % 339 1.4 % to different teachers for different subjects.
Data reported as of December 1.
Data reported as of count day.
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Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Middle Designation: In Need of Improvement (Year 5)
Cortney Junior High School has been classified as a school which did not demonstrate Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the 2008-2009 school
year. Classification as not demonstrating AYP is due to the schools not meeting 9 of the No Child Left Behind criteria in the areas of English language
arts (ELA) and mathematics. In order for a school to demonstrate Adequate Yearly Progress, all NCLB criteria must be met.
Summary of Standards-Based Test Performance
Nevada uses criterion referenced tests (CRTs) to measure student achievement relative to Nevada's academic standards. This table reflects a
compilation of test results for grades represented at this school and may not represent the figures that were used to determine this school's
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Mathematics, Reading, and Writing test results are used to determine AYP. For grade-specific assessment
results and other assessment information, refer to the Nevada Report Card Website at www.nevadareportcard.com.
ED = Percentage of students performing in the lowest range of achievement (Emergent/Developing)
AS = Percentage of students performing in the Approaches Standards range of achievement
MS = Percentage of students performing in the Meets Standards range of achievement
ES = Percentage of students performing in the highest range of achievement (Exceeds Standards)
Reading Writing Mathematics Science
ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES ED AS MS ES
State 7% 32 % 44 % 17 % 7% 41 % 44 % 8% 9% 29 % 39 % 23 % 9% 32 % 48 % 11 %
District 8% 33 % 43 % 17 % 8% 41 % 43 % 8% 9% 30 % 38 % 23 % 10 % 33 % 46 % 10 %
School 9% 42 % 40 % 9% 6% 48 % 42 % 3% 16 % 36 % 36 % 11 % 15 % 42 % 41 % 3%
‘-’ indicates data not presented for groups fewer than 10.
‘N/A’ indicates that data are not available.
Per-Pupil Expenditures 2007-2008 Personnel Information
Classes Not Taught by Highly Qualified
The per pupil expenditures for all Nevada school districts and schools are
calculated by In$ite, which results in comparable financial information Teachers
over time and across the state. Financial data are reported for the year
prior to the school year just completed. School % District %
Elementary N/A 10.3 %
Cortney JHS Total Cost Per Pupil = $6,501.49 Arts 0.0 % 13.1 %
District Total Cost Per Pupil = $7,546.33
English 10.2 % 14.4 %
Foreign Language 0.0 % 15.9 %
Mathematics 10.9 % 12.3 %
Science 12.5 % 13.7 %
Social Studies 37.9 % 13.6 %
‘N/A’ indicates that these subjects or grade levels are not present. Data obtained
from the Office of Teacher Licensure as of May 2009.
Highly qualified teachers hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, are licensed to
teach in the State of Nevada, and have demonstrated competence in their
Teacher ADA and Licensure Information
Teachers providing instruction:
Average Pursuant to Without an
Daily waiver with endorsement for
Attendance State Approval the subject area
State 96.2 % 665 248 203
District 96.4 % 640 176 155
Schools showing only $0 have not been in operation long enough to have School 95.4 % 6 0 0
data for 2007-2008. Teacher Average Daily Attendance (ADA) is the percentage of licensed educators
who provided instruction to students in classrooms on an "average school day".
'N/A' indicates that data are not available.
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Cortney JHS staff and administration strive to maintain open communication with families and community members to provide an
environment that fosters academic and social success. To welcome students and families, Cobra Jump Start Day is held in August.
Our Open House is held in September to provide an opportunity for families to visit teachers and classrooms. Also, throughout the
year, community and family nights are held. Bi-monthly newsletters are mailed to families and community members. We hold Parent
Advisory Council (PAC) meetings bi-monthly. The school website provides information regarding activities and events and provides
parents with a link to e-mail teachers and administrators. The ParentLink online system provides access via the web for families to
check academic progress and attendance as well as automated calls to keep parents informed of important events. Parent-teacher
conferences are held upon request. Agendas are used to help students gain organizational skills and promote communication with
Note: District totals do not include state or district sponsored charter school data.
The development of this annual school accountability report is a joint effort among the Nevada Department of Education, Otis Educational Systems,
Inc., and Nevada school districts. This report is provided to the public as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act and NRS 385.347. A
comprehensive listing of all accountability data, including student test data, may be accessed on the Nevada Annual Reports of Accountability website
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