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					   Title I School Wide Plan for Acworth
            Intermediate School




                            Written/Revised during the
                                  School Year:

                                    2009-2010

                           For Implementation during the
                                   School Year:

                                    2010-2011




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                      Acworth Title I Schoolwide Plan
                            Table of Contents




                                                                             Pages
 1. Comprehensive Needs Assessment                                            3
………………………………………………..
 2. School wide Reform Strategies                                             9
 3. Highly Qualified Professional Staff                                       10
 4. Professional Development                                                  11
 5. Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement                               11
 6. Transition for Second and Fifth Graders                                   12
 7. Including Teachers in the Decisions                                       12
 8. Coordination and Integration of Federal, State, and Local Services and
    Programs                                                                  13
 9. Activities to Insure Mastery for Students Who Experience Difficulty
    Mastering Standards                                                       14
 10. Individual student Assessment Results and Interpretation Provided to
     Parents                                                                  15
 11. Collection and Disaggregated Data                                        15
 12. Valid and Reliable Assessment                                            15
 13. Provisions for Public Reporting of Disaggregated Data                    15
 14. Developed During a One Year Period                                       15
 15. Developed with the Involvement of the Community, Teachers,
                                                                              16
     Principal, Other School Staff, Pupil Personnel, and Parents
 16. Available to LEA, Parents, and the Public
                                                                              16
 17. Translated and Other Documents                                           16
 18. Plan is Subject to the School Improvement Provisions of Section 1116.    16


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1. Comprehensive Needs Assessment

Acworth Intermediate School developed our school wide plan with the
participation of individuals who will carry out the comprehensive school wide
program plan.

The persons involved were:
Kathy Curran       Principal
Brian Smith        Assistant Principal
David Parker       Assistant Administrator
Lorraine Thomas Literacy Coach
Regina Harris       Literacy Coach
Amy Blakeney        Teacher 2nd Grade
Sally Morris        Teacher 2nd Grade
Amanda Fox          Teacher 3rd Grade
Ruth Tate           Teacher 3rd Grade
Amanda Bryan        Teacher 4th Grade
Lisa Miller          Teacher 4th Grade
Colleen Jolly        Teacher 5th Grade
Marsha Morris        Teacher 5th Grade
Meg Veith            Special Ed.
Alycia Williams      Special Ed.
Rick McKee            Music
Tanya Gayle            Gifited
Ellen Zarach          Parent Liaison
Carmon Freese         PTA
Susan Lewis            Parent

This committee is made up of the Acworth school administration, literacy
coaches, grade level team leaders, special education leaders, specialist leaders,
parent liaison and parent/PTA members.

Acworth Intermediate School has served a changing population for the past ten
years. The sprawling development in the Acworth area has brought an influx of
families representing many cultural and economic backgrounds.

Due to this change in the community, the demographics of the school have been
affected greatly. Acworth Intermediate’s ethnic make-up shows an increase in
the number of minority students. In the past seven years the percentage of
minority students has increased from 37% to 63%. The 2008 – 2009 school year
demographics were as follows: 37% white, 33% black, 20% Hispanic, 7%
multiracial, and 3% Asian. The number of students classified as English
Language Learners has increased over the past three years from 7% to 17% in


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2008 - 2009. Additionally, the number of students who are economically
disadvantaged grew from 43% to 57%.

On the 2008-2009 CRCT 75.8% of our students with disabilities met or exceeded
standards in the area of Reading/English Language Arts making AYP and
exceeding the benchmark of 73.3%. However, this same subgroup only had
54.6% of the students meeting or exceeding in math when the benchmark was
set at 59.9%. The students with disabilities subgroup did make AYP using
confidence interval. Currently at Acworth Intermediate we have students being
served in the following areas of exceptionality: Autism, Specific Learning
Disability, Emotional/Behavior Disorder, Other Health Impaired, Mildly
Intellectually Disabled, Speech and Language Impaired, and Severe
Developmental Delay.

Also noted in the analyzing of the data, it was discovered that there is an
achievement gap of over 10 percentage points between our Caucasian and
African American students on the math portion of the CRCT. The African
American subgroup is meeting the benchmarks for AYP, but the gap has
widened, with the achievement of the African American subgroup actually
dropping.

The increase of the ELL subgroup is also of concern for Acworth Intermediate. In
the last several years the ELL population in the Acworth feeder pattern has
increased. The ELL teachers at Acworth have worked diligently to ensure that
both the students and teachers at Acworth feel supported and get the services
they need to ensure success. As our ELL subgroup continues to grow AYP
subgroup progress becomes a concern for all grade levels.

Acworth, in accordance with the Cobb County School District, has used the Iowa
Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) which is a standardized norm-referenced test and the
CogAT in grades 3 and 5. The No Child Left Behind federal legislation created a
need for a criterion-referenced assessment. The CRCT, which is based on the
Georgia Performance Standards (GPS – previously Quality Core Curriculum
QCCs), has been administered to students in grades 1-5 since the 2003-2004
school year.

The CRCT scores were analyzed to identify areas of weakness. Based on the
spring 2009 CRCT Acworth Intermediate made AYP. The students with
disabilities subgroup made AYP in confidence interval. The subgroups of African
American and Economically Disadvantaged are exceeding the benchmark by
less than 2%, so attention must be paid to them also. In addition to these
populations the analysis of the test scores illuminated an achievement gap
among our subgroups. The gap between our Caucasian and African American
subgroups is about 10%.




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CRITERION REFERENCE TESTING

                                         MATHEMATICS
                           (% of Student Meeting/Exceeding Standards)
Grade Level     2003-2004      2004-2005    2005-2006   2006-2007 2007-2008   2008-2009

 Grade 2            79             89           86          85          84        86

 Grade 3            89             90           91          87          70        73

 Grade 4            81             76           83          77          67        77

 Grade 5            74             90           93          89          61        76




                                           READING
                           (% of Student Meeting/Exceeding Standards)
Grade Level     2003-2004      2004-2005    2005-2006   2006-2007 2007-2008   2008-2009

 Grade 2            78             89           88          92          88        87

 Grade 3            92             93           87          85          93        84

 Grade 4            86             89           81          86          90        92

 Grade 5            84             99           89          83          87        90




                                       LANGUAGE ARTS
                           (% of Student Meeting/Exceeding Standards)
Grade Level     2003-2004      2004-2005    2005-2006   2006-2007 2007-2008   2008-2009

 Grade 2            80             89           86          86          93        84

 Grade 3            90             86           83          81          89        82

 Grade 4            89             87           79          82          87        93

 Grade 5            80             89           84          80          91        93



Third, fourth and fifth grade students take the Georgia Writing Assessment.
Third and Fifth grade are required by the state, and we have elected to
administer this assessment to fourth grade students as well. Results from these
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assessments reveal that 66% of third grade students, 37% of fourth grade
students, and 67% of the fifth grade students met or exceeded grade level
standards in writing.




  Developmental        2004-2005   2005-2006     2006-2007     2007-2008     2008-2009
     Stages
Stage 1: The                                     Does Not       Does Not     Does Not
                           0.00       0.0                                      Meet
Emerging Writer                                    Meet           Meet
                                                 Standards      Standards    Standards
Stage 2: The
                           1.48       1.74          33%            21%          21%
Developing Writer
Stage 3: The                                                                   Meets
                           6.67       9.30         Meets          Meets      Standards
Focusing Writer
                                                 Standards      Standards       75%
Stage 4: The                                        60%            66%
                           36.30     38.37
Experimenting Writer
Stage 5: The                                                                  Exceeds
                           34.81     39.53        Exceeds        Exceeds     Standards
Engaging Writer
                                                 Standards      Standards       4%
Stage 6: The                                        7%             13%
                           20.74     11.05
Extending Writer



In addition to the standardized tests, Acworth uses STAR, SRI, and DRA to aid in
assessing student strengths and weaknesses in reading. The teachers use this
locally collected data to identify students in need of further support through after-
school tutoring. This data is also used in forming their flexible groups for guided
reading and to target specific skills and identify research based strategies to
improve instruction. Teachers use the IMI and county benchmark assessments
to guide instruction in math.

In the spring of 2009, baseline data gathered from CCSD School Improvement
Survey administered to the parents, students, and teachers was used to assist in
determining the strengths and weaknesses of Acworth Intermediate’s
instructional and organizational effectiveness. The same survey is administered
for comparisons each year.

In the 2009 School Improvement Survey, the strongest consensus among
students, parents, and staff remained in the domain of school safety. During the
2009-2010 school year Acworth along with a group of parents instituted a
program called Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students). WATCH D.O.G.S. is
the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that
organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models
for the students and to enhance school security.
The area of Auxiliary Services was still noted as an area of concern among all
stakeholders. To address this area the Administrative staff has worked closely
with the custodial staff to ensure that all areas of the school are kept clean and

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orderly. James Mitchell, Supervisor in charge of Maintenance, who oversees the
local school custodians, visited Acworth to discuss expectations and procedures.
He has returned to make several site visits to ensure compliance The
administrative team has also worked with the transportation staff to ensure that
the children feel safe on the bus. In 2008-2009 Acworth instituted the school bus
safe rider program to ensure better communication between the bus drivers,
parents, and school administration. This program was successful in bridging the
gap in communication and reducing the number of student discipline referrals.
Safe Rider is a program we will continue to improve on during the 2009-2010
school year.

The staff survey highlighted a number of concerns in the areas of parent input,
clear communication within the school, technology training, vertical alignment;
professional learning and staff members feeling empowered to try new
instructional approaches.

 The initiatives implemented to address areas of concern identified on the 2008
staff survey were successful as indicated on the 2009 survey. These initiatives
will continue for the 2009-2010 school year. To address the lack of
communication teachers receive daily information via e-mail, daily call boards
sent out as an attachment and weekly newsletters. Moreover, staff members
have been encouraged to bring concerns to administration with suggestions for
improvement. Technology has been added to the specials rotation and new staff
members have been provided with groupwise, nettreker, and Picasso training.
The school has purchased the type-pad program and the staff is receiving
training on setting up blogs to improve home school communication. In addition,
the technology teacher has created a new school web page.

On the 2008-2009 school improvement survey the areas that the staff identified
as priorities was as follows: Consensus driven framework for instruction;
Systematic and consistent approach to collaborative planning/curriculum
monitoring; Teacher collaboration regarding desired results and assessments. In
order to address these concerns the staff has agreed to participate in
collaborative planning sessions two times a month. These meetings will be used
to identify common vocabulary and instructional practices.

Teachers have been and will continue to be surveyed regarding professional
learning programs that support their instructional needs. Teachers will be an
integral part of planning, designing, and coordinating staff development training.

Acworth was identified as a Title I targeted assistance school for the 2008-2009
and 2009-2010 school year. As such Acworth was able to hire a teacher for a
Mathematics Lab to incorporate into the Specials rotation. The students at
Acworth now receive additional hands on problem solving math lessons targeted
at the grade level standards every 7 days. Acworth also hired a parent liaison as
part of our Title I program. The Parent Liaison works closely with the

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administrative team, academic coaches, and teachers to identify specific
students in need of additional assistance in academic areas, and what needs the
parents have. The parents will have the opportunity to attend sessions on topics
that are of interest to them. The Parent Liaison sent out a survey to the parents
of the students at Acworth Elementary to determine their interests.



STUDENT LEARNING PRIORITIES

Our long-range student achievement goals are: Students will perform at or
above grade level in reading comprehension and Math. After analyzing the
data from the CRCT scores from 2009, we determined improving these skills
continued to be a priority. The students at Acworth showed slight improvement
in their reading scores from the 2008 CRCT scores across all subgroups,
however, it was determined that we should still work on the reading goal to
continue this improvement. The 2009 CRCT did show that Math was a priority
for Acworth so this goal was added for this year. Educational researchers like
Max Thompson and Doug Reeves have zeroed in on the fact that by increasing
students’ proficiency in reading and writing, we can increase their level of
understanding of all subjects. Our students will benefit from the training of
teachers in Guided Reading from the Cobb County Literacy Coaches. Our
teachers will be better able to identify the specific weaknesses of our students
through the analysis of data and then monitor progress through the use of
assessments created on Skills Connection. Differentiating instruction through
Guided Reading and graphic organizers will facilitate the student's learning of
strategies in the area of literary comprehension. Cobb County Math Coaches will
be coming to Acworth to facilitate training in best practices in math instruction.

STUDENT LEARNING PRIORITY
Goal 1 ~ Students will perform at or above grade level in Reading
Comprehension
Goal 2 ~ Students will perform at or above grade level in Mathematics

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PRIORITY

Our long-range school performance goal is: The Acworth Staff will collaborate
to develop best instructional practices to create a community of
learners. According to Alan November, the best thing to invest in right now is
collegiality. The number one skill that teachers will need is to be team-based,
collegial, sharing their knowledge and wisdom. As educators we realize that the
need to analyze student data is imperative for driving our instruction.
Professional collaboration will facilitate the analyzing of student data to improve
instruction across grade levels.

SCHOOL PERFORMANCE PRIORITY

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Goal 3 ~ Teachers will collaborate to improve instruction, build capacity,
and support student achievement

2. School wide Reform Strategies
Student achievement in the area of reading comprehension was analyzed across
the content area and became a concern for the committee due to standardized
testing data from 2008 – 2009. As we were analyzing our CRCT scores in the
areas of vocabulary, literary comprehension, reading for information, reading
skills and vocabulary acquisition, grammar and sentence construction, research
and writing process, we noticed significant weaknesses. Literary comprehension
and grammar/ sentence construction had the largest percentage of failing scores.
Therefore, the School Improvement Committee decided that reading across the
curriculum would be the main focus and grammar/sentence construction would
be a focus through collaboration. In addition to daily in school instruction
Acworth has an After School Program (ASP) that is supplemented by a Twenty-
First Century Grant Reach for the Stars (RSP). During ASP and RSP students
receive assistance with homework, tutoring, mentoring and students are required
to complete a session of Fast Math a computer based math program.

The teachers will:

      Conduct guided reading with every student every day
      Utilize graphic organizers to enhance understanding

     Teach and model the writing process.
     Use rubrics as an instructional tool
     Utilize vertically aligned graphic organizers
     Teach mini-lessons.
     Teach students to utilize UNRAAVEL strategy when reading
     Implement the Grammar Graphics and Shurley English programs.
     Implement Singapore Math (Model Drawing)
     Teachers will engage in collaborative activities around instruction
    (collaborative analysis of student work, development of common
    assessments, survey staff for development needs by SIP committee)
     Teacher collaboration and data teams
*Items in bold type are strategies intended to increase the quality and
amount of instruction.

Ball and Cohen (1996) point out that teachers learn by studying, doing, reflecting,
collaborating with other teachers, developing a relationship with students and
their work, and sharing what they see. In the Brazosport School District of
Texas, this design was out into practice and proved an effective means of closing
the achievement gap among students. The development of teacher led
collaboration, the studying of student work, utilizing data to guide decisions for

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staff learning and student instruction reversed the downward trend (Richardson,
1998). Dialogue focused on instructional productiveness. The sharing of
strategies and ideas improved student learning. In addition, 93 percent of special
education students reached the same standards in reading, writing, and
mathematics.

The inclusion of standards based instruction is beneficial in that it helps teachers
to adhere to explicit standards to teach, assessment based on standards,
specific materials to utilize, and staff development that drives instruction.
Standards implementation has been met with mixed feelings among educators.
While some educators feel a loss of creativity and bewilderment, others see the
potential to increase test scores and raise student productivity. It is through the
process of teacher led collaboration that fears are allied. The implementation of
collaboration among teachers has promoted a positive effect on those bewildered
teachers who don’t know how to implement standards. Through the process of
teamwork-discussion, encouragement, observation, and feedback is given to one
another. Teachers extend themselves by sharing ideas, lessons, strategies and
materials in a risk free environment.

3. Highly Qualified Professional Staff
                      HIGHLY QUALIFIED TEACHERS
                                           Percent of Highly      Number of Core
                                                Qualified        Teachers Teaching
                         Number of
                                          Teachers Teaching      Out of Field for One
                     Certified Teachers
                                           in Field for Entire    or More Periods
                                                  Day              During the Day
   2005-2006                56                    100                     0
   2006-2007                67                    100                     0
   2007-2008                67                    99                      0
   2008-2009                67                    99                      0
   2009-2010                *80                   100                     0
*Number of Certified Teachers includes classroom, special education, support
staff and administration.

Acworth Elementary houses 866 Second through Fifth Grade students. We
began the school year with 99 staff members, 67 certified and 32 classified. Of
the 67 certified teachers 66 of them were highly qualified making 99% of the
certified staff highly qualified. 42 percent of our certified staff has an advanced
degree, and 2 of our teachers are National Board Certified. Our faculty
distribution is as follows: 13-Second Grade teachers, 14-Third Grade teachers,
10-Fourth Grade teachers, 10-Fifth Grade teachers, 7-Specialists (1 Art, 1 Music,
2 Physical Education, 1 Technology, 1 Media Specialist, and 1 Title I Math Lab),
13-Special Education teachers, 1-Advanced Learning Program Teacher, 2-
ESOL teachers, and 2 Guidance Counselors. For the 2009-2010 school year
Acworth has added a full time and two part time Instructional Coaches. Acworth
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participates in various recruitment fairs to hire quality teachers. Our new staff
members are teamed up with a mentor teacher who will assist the new teacher in
getting acclimated to our school culture.

4. Professional Development
Acworth has included teachers, principals, paraprofessionals and other staff in our
staff development that addresses the identified needs. Staff development is aligned
with the state standards and addresses the root causes of our academic problems.

      Guided reading training with Literacy Coach
      DRA training
      Training on UNRAAVEL strategy
      Singapore Math
      Writing Training with Literacy Coach
      Provide training for teachers in the use of Grammar Graphics and Shurley
       English




5. Strategies to Increase Parental Involvement
Acworth hired a parent liaison as part of our Title I program. The Parent Liaison
works closely with the administrative team, academic coaches, and teachers to
identify specific students in need of additional assistance in academic areas, and
what needs the parents have. The parents will have the opportunity to attend
sessions on topics that are of interest to them. The Parent Liaison sent out a
survey to the parents of the students at Acworth Elementary to determine their
interests.

      CRCT Information Session
      Health Habits
      Georgia Performance Standards
      Tae Kwando
      Math Night / Bingo / math rap
      Parents’ Corner
      Writing Strategies Night / Make a book
      Parenting sessions
      How to use UNRAAVELL
      Computer websites


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      How to use Shurley English
      Landscaping
      How to help your child become a better reader
      Science Night / Project
      Writing prompts
      Parent-Teacher Conferences
      Ways to build children’s vocabulary
      Life Skills
      Create Educational Games
      Safety First /Acworth police
      Positive discipline strategies
      Movie Night
      Homework and Home Learning
      Family Literacy

6. Transition for First Graders and Fifth Graders
Each year in the spring we invite the first graders from McCall Primary School to visit
Acworth for a tour and orientation. This gives the first graders and opportunity to
see the school, ask questions and get them excited about coming to Acworth. Our
counselors play an important roll in the fifth grade transition to sixth grade. Our fifth
grade students visit Barber Middle School in the spring and have an opportunity to
see the school and ask questions. Some students take part in a shadow program
and our counselors facilitate activities such as teaching students how to open a
combination lock.

7. Including Teachers in the Decisions

The collaborative committees set up at Acworth this year are aligned to the
Georgia Keys. Each team has duties and responsibilities that are aligned to the
Georgia School Standards. These teams meet monthly to devise strategies and
plans for school improvement. Parents are encouraged to actively share in
decision making through the PTA, School Council, and the Title I committee.

The, Leadership/School Improvement Team (SIP) is used to communicate ideas
effectively and share decision making with the entire staff. Monthly meetings are
held with the SIP team. The SIP Team at Acworth is focused on school
improvement and develops goals based on improving student learning and
school performance. The SIP Team uses a collaborative approach to determine

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the success and upcoming challenges of the learning community. The SIP
committee is responsible for instructional decisions and determining needed
improvements within the school. Improving instructional and organizational
effectiveness is necessary for students to achieve success overall as a learning
community.

8. Coordination and Integration of Federal, State, and Local Services and
Programs

The school community of Acworth Intermediate School strives for excellence.
Implementation of programs and activities promote this endeavor with support
from a variety of sources.

Our Acworth Parent Teacher Association works with administrators, staff, and
parents to maintain a safe, secure, learning environment while extending and
enriching the curriculum. The PTA works diligently to support Acworth in
providing quality educational opportunities. This support can be evidenced by
the PTA’s monetary donations to all teachers, administrators and support
specialists’ enriching educational resources and materials. Additionally, PTA
promotes the health and fitness program providing fitness equipment for
classroom use.

In addition to the support of Acworth’s PTA, teachers at Acworth have written
several grants to create several resource rooms that support the curriculum
areas. Monies from these grants have been used to purchase Writing resource
materials, including manipulatives to support phonics instruction. In addition to
these manipulatives, resources that support writing instruction, such as picture
books that support the teaching of 6+1 Traits. The grant monies also supported
the development of Science resource backpacks that contain all materials
needed by students to teach specific units at each grade level. Hands-on Math
resources are also available for teacher to take advantage. The leveled
bookroom available to the teachers at Acworth is extensive and organized for
teachers to find materials quickly and effectively.

At Acworth Intermediate state funds support the Extended Day Tutoring.
Extended Day Tutoring is offered to remediate students who need additional
support in reading and/or math. Acworth Intermediate offers these services to all
students who are at risk of not meeting standards on the CRCT. Teachers have
written and received grant monies to obtain resources for instruction; such as
read aloud libraries, Shurley English, Grammar Graphics, and OnCourse Lesson
Planning Software, and Fast Math Software.

In the 2007-2010 school years Acworth Intermediate required that every student
get reading instruction at their level everyday. Staff members were given the
opportunity to register for a guided reading training class offered through Staff
Development and delivered by one of the Literacy Coaches. 23 staff member

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participated in the training and 3 additional teachers attended the same class
when it was offered at Baker Elementary. These teachers have been part of the
teacher rounds training their teams in the guided reading process and planning.
The guided reading training will be offered again this school year for more staff to
be trained.

Acworth was identified as a Title I targeted assistance school for the 2008-2009
school year. As such Acworth was able to hire a teacher for a Mathematics Lab
to incorporate into the Specials rotation. The students at Acworth now receive
additional hands on problem solving math lessons targeted at the grade level
standards every 7 days. Acworth also hired a parent liaison as part of our Title I
program. The Parent Liaison works closely with the administrative team,
academic coaches, and teachers to identify specific students in need of
additional assistance in academic areas, and what needs the parents have. The
parents will have the opportunity to attend sessions on topics that are of interest
to them. The Parent Liaison sent out a survey to the parents of the students at
Acworth Elementary to determine their interests.


9. Activities to Insure Mastery for Students Who Experience Difficulty
Mastering Standards
At Acworth teachers meet regularly to analyze and discuss benchmark and common
assessment data. These data teams include teachers, academic coaches,
administration and school ALT. This data helps identify students who struggle to
meet grade level standards. This also helps us in the RTI process.

Each grade level has two Tier 2 facilitators that lead the Tier 2 meetings. Once a
student is identified the Tier 2 team targets weakness and together they devise a 6
week plan and the teacher implements the strategies and collects data. If the
student is making progress they move to Tier 3. The counselor, teacher, parent,
Special education lead teacher, school psychologist, and administrator are on this
committee.
The Tier 3 committee discusses the student’s academic progress and designs a
plan.

Extended Day Tutoring is also offered to remediate students who need additional
support in reading and/or math. Acworth Intermediate offers these services to all
students who are at risk of not meeting standards on the CRCT.



10. Individual Student Assessment Results and Interpretation Provided to
Parents
Parents are always welcome at Acworth and are encouraged to be an active

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participant in their child’s education. Teachers and parents will meet during the
county scheduled conference week in January. However, if there is a need for an
additional conference the parent or teacher may request and schedule at any time.
Every teacher is assigned a voice mailbox for parents to communicate concerns.
Teachers utilize email when possible. Teachers send home newsletters and have
Thursday folders. Teachers in second through fifth grades communicate daily
through the use of agendas.

11. Collection and Disaggregating of Data
Teachers meet in grade level collaborative data teams twice a month. During these
meetings the teams desegregate and analyze benchmark tests and create common
formative assessments. The teams choose target skills as a grade level, plan
instruction and create assessments for the targeted skill. Data is tracked on each
student and progress is monitored to increase success for all learners.

12. Valid and Reliable Assessment
The data teams use various forms of assessment including CRCT, ITBS, CoGAT,
benchmark assessments, common assessments and various forms of informal
assessments. Other assessments may include ACCESS for English language
learners, Georgia writing assessments and DRA reading assessment.
Assessments are used to identify individual, classroom and grade level strengths
and weaknesses.

13. Provisions for Public Reporting of Disaggregated Data
Acworth data teams maintain data walls in the main hallway outside each grade
level. The data is displayed for teachers, students, parents and community
members can monitor the schools progress. We also have a data wall outside the
cafeteria displaying the schools CRCT data from year to year. The schools data
and AYP status is discussed at an annual meeting and is available upon request.

Title I Schoolwide Plan:

14. Developed During a One Year Period
The Schoolwide plan and the School Improvement plan is developed, reviewed, and
revised as needed throughout the school year by a team of teachers, administrators,
and parents.




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15. Developed with the Involvement of the Community, Teachers,
Principals, and other School Staff, and Pupil Personnel, and Parents

This plan was developed with the input and collaboration of the Acworth school
administration, literacy coaches, grade level team leaders, special education
leaders, specialist leaders, parent liaison and parent/PTA members.

The persons involved were:
Kathy Curran       Principal
Brian Smith        Assistant Principal
David Parker       Assistant Administrator
Lorraine Thomas Literacy Coach
Regina Harris       Literacy Coach
Amy Blakeney        Teacher 2nd Grade
Sally Morris        Teacher 2nd Grade
Amanda Fox          Teacher 3rd Grade
Ruth Tate           Teacher 3rd Grade
Amanda Bryan        Teacher 4th Grade
Lisa Miller          Teacher 4th Grade
Colleen Jolly        Teacher 5th Grade
Marsha Morris        Teacher 5th Grade
Meg Veith            Special Ed.
Alycia Williams      Special Ed.
Rick McKee            Music
Tanya Gayle            Gifited
Ellen Zarach          Parent Liaison
Carmon Freese         PTA
Susan Lewis            Parent



16. Available to LEA, Parents, and the Public
Paper copies are available in the front office. Electronic copy posted to the school
website.

17. Translated and Other Documents
The plan is available for translation upon request.

18. Plan is Subject to the School Improvement Provisions of Section 1116
If Acworth enters Needs Improvement we will complete and participate in all
requirements according to state and federal guidelines.


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Presenter: __________________________________________
Date: _____________________ Time: _______________

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1. The relevance of this topic to me       4         3        2    1
2. The usefulness of materials was         4         3        2    1
3. The effectiveness of the                4         3        2    1
presentation was
4. I expect the future usefulness of       4         3        2    1
this topic to be
5. My overall evaluation of this           4         3        2    1
session

6. What I liked most about this session was

7. What I liked least about this session was

8. Would you recommend this session to others?

____Yes ____ No If you checked no, please explain why.

9. What topics and/or presenters would you suggest for future
sessions?

10. Comments




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                         ACWORTH ELEMENTARY
                      PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY
                            2009-2010         RESULTS
 405 Surveys turned in:

  136 CRCT Information Session                           24 Family Literacy
   62 Georgia Performance Standards                      36 Writing Prompts
  126 Grade Level Math Night                             96 Computer Websites
   72 Writing Strategies Night / Make a book             48 Health Habits
   41 How to use UNRAAVEL                               161 Parent-Teacher Conference
   36 How to support Shurley English                    101 Science Night/Projects
  132 How to help your child become a better reader      52 Spanish Workshops
  105 Ways to build children’s vocabulary                55 Report Card Information
   80 Create Educational Games                           78 Safety First/Acworth Police
  104 Positive discipline strategies                     81 Martial Arts
   97 Homework Help Information                        115 Movie Night
   40 Understanding your Child’s Agenda

 Others: Daddy/Daughter Dance                          Anger Management For Kids
         Grandparents Rising Grandchildren             Spoken English
         Resources for Children with ADHD              Issues/Activities for Special
Needs Children
         Reach for the Stars Program                   Girls Scouts

  Check the best way of communication: 102 Newsletters 147 Agenda 49 Calling Post
209 Email

 Check the kinds of resource and services you would like to see made available at the
 school:
  134 E-mails     186 Homework Blogs/Teacher Websites         89 Computer access

 Best time for meetings:    147 AM          210 PM

  103 Monday       118 Tuesday         128 Wednesday   126 Thursday     124 Friday

 Will you need childcare?    73 Yes       121 No

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