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Dear (SCHOOL NAME) Parent,

This week, the state released the student performance for 2005-06.

I am pleased that the performance of our students and teachers in SCHOOL
NAME resulted in us receiving a ______________ rating on student
performance.

Our school’s success on STARS, School-based Teacher-led Assessment and
Reporting System, is based on the percentage of students we have
performing at the proficient level or grade level on our reading and
mathematics standards.

The percent of our students scoring proficient or better in reading was
_________ percent. About _______ percent met or exceeded our
mathematics standards.

We believe that our efforts to improve or change __________________
helped us reach that accomplishment level.

We believe that we can be better and our students can learn at a higher level
if we __________________. We plan to do that.


OR

Because of our school’s performance and needs, this year we will focus on
_______________________ (new mathematics or reading programs, hiring
additional teachers, changing our instruction, spend more time on
mathematics). Our school improvement goals will also be adjusted to assure
that everyone works on our new focus of _____________(LIST STRATEGIES
THAT HAVE OR WILL IMPROVE STUDENT PERFORMANCE SUCH AS:
   •   INCREASING ONE-ON-ONE OR SMALL GROUP INSTRUCTION WITH STUDENTS WITH
       DISABILITIES, LIMITED ENGLISH PROFICIENT STUDENTS
   •   INCREASING TEACHER PLANNING TIME
   •   INCREASING EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AT YOUR SCHOOL
   •   INCREASING/IMPROVING TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
       OPPORTUNITIES AND CONTINUED EDUCATION
   •   REDUCING CLASS SIZE WHERE IT IS MOST NEEDED
   •   IMPLEMENTING SUMMER PROGRAMS AND/OR BEFORE- AND AFTER-SCHOOL
       PROGRAMS)

The STARS is Nebraska’s school improvement program. Its focus is on
improving student learning in reading, mathematics, writing, science and
social studies/history. School accountability is part of STARS.

Nebraska’s STARS system is strong because it gives teachers the
information they need to improve instruction. STARS gives teachers
information about how students are doing on individual standards, not just a
single test score at the end of the year when it is too late to help students.
Other states that have a single test system are now interested in our system
of using multiple classroom assessments to measure what teachers teach so
they also will have good information to help their students.

We have worked to keep our STARS system strong while integrating the
2002 federal law, No Child Left Behind (NCLB), into the STARS.

The goal of No Child Left Behind is for all public school children to perform
at grade level in reading and mathematics by the end of the 2013-14 school
year.

Under the federal law, schools must annually measure the progress of their
students toward state achievement goals in reading and mathematics.

I am pleased that our school met those student achievement target goals and
made Adequate Yearly Progress.

INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING IF STARS and AYP RESULTS APPEAR
TO CONFLICT:

STARS, our state system, looks at the school as a whole and rates schools on
student performance and the quality of their assessments. The federal AYP
measures groups of students meeting target goals for student performance.

OR
Because SCHOOL NAME did not have every student group meeting the
target goals for Adequate Yearly Progress this year, our school will be
focusing on ways to help every student to perform at the proficient level.
(DESCRIBE STRATEGIES SUCH AS THE ONES PREVIOUSLY
LISTED.)

Our school staff and I will re-evaluate our School Improvement Plan to
identify ways to strengthen instructional and support programs for students.

INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING FOR A TITLE I SCHOOL THAT HAS A
CONTINUOUS PROGRESS DECISION OF “NEEDS IMPROVEMENT:”

Because SCHOOL NAME is a Title I school, it has more requirements.

If our school does not meet the federal Adequate Yearly Progress for two
consecutive years, we will be identified as needing Title I School
Improvement and you will have the option of requesting a transfer for your
child or children to another public school within DISTRICT NAME that is
making Adequate Yearly Progress at that time. We will continue to
communicate with you throughout this year regarding the school
improvement efforts underway. Under Title I, schools are required to
develop a plan to show how they will improve. We welcome your ideas and
involvement as we work toward improving our school.

INCLUDE FOR ALL SCHOOLS:

Parent involvement is key to our school’s improvement. The most important
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thing you can do is encourage your child’s learning and to make education
important at home. Each year we keep parents informed of their child’s
achievement level in each of the assessment areas by report cards,
parent/teacher conferences, (LIST ANY OTHER WAYS).

It’s important to keep track of your school’s performance as well. The 2005-
2006 State of the Schools Report is available at: www.nde.state.ne.us. That
report has information about your community’s schools and others across
the state.

At SCHOOL’S NAME, parents have always been valued participants in
their children’s education. Some of (SCHOOL NAME) parent involvement
strategies include: LIST THE PARENT AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT STRATEGIES IN
PLACE OR PLANNED AT YOUR SCHOOL. EXAMPLES OF STRATEGIES ARE:
   •   OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS TO BE INVOLVED IN ALL PHASES OF
       PARENT/FAMILY INVOLVEMENT PROGRAMS AND DEVELOPMENT OF SCHOOL
       POLICIES AND PROCEDURES AFFECTING THEIR CHILDREN
   •   OUTREACH OPPORTUNITIES TO ENCOURAGE PARTICIPATION FOR PARENTS WHO
       MAY HAVE LOW-LITERACY SKILLS OR WHOSE NATIVE LANGUAGE IS NOT
       ENGLISH
   •   WAYS TO INCREASE/IMPROVE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN TEACHERS AND
       PARENTS
   •   TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR PARENTS
   •   INCREASED BUSINESS/COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN THE SCHOOL
   •   PARENTS VOLUNTEERING IN THE CLASSROOMS TO WORK WITH CHILDREN ON
       LEARNING ACTIVITIES
   •   PARENTS PROMPTLY NOTIFIED ABOUT PROBLEMS WITH THEIR STUDENTS
   •   STAFF AWARENESS OF CULTURAL AND LANGUAGE BARRIERS


I hope you will join me in supporting our teachers and students as we work
toward our goals for 2006-07. For more information on our performance
under the STARS, please go to the Nebraska Department of Education
homepage at: www.nde.state.ne.us or contact me.

Sincerely,


PRINCIPAL’S NAME