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School Code: 139                                                                                       Grades             6-8
School Status and Improvement Report                                                  School Year 2007-08
                                     Focus On Standards
                                     This School Status and Improvement Report has been prepared as part
                                     of the Department's education accountability system to provide regular,
            Contents                 understandable accounts of our schools' performance and progress, as
                                     required by §302A-1004, Hawai'i Revised Statutes.

Focus on                      p. 1   This report describes the school and its setting; provides information
Standards                            about the school's administrators, teachers, students and facilities;
                                     summarizes progress made based on the school's improvement plan,
School                        p. 1   and reports student achievement results along with other vital signs.
Description
School Setting                p. 2
                                     School Description
                                         Built in 1955, Niu Valley Middle School (NVMS) is located in East
 •   Student Profile                 Honolulu and serves the communities of Haw aii Kai, Kuliouou, Haw aii
                                     Loa Ridge, Wailupe Valley, and Aina Haina. The school community is
 •   Community Profile               largely middle and upper–middle income level, w ith nearly half the
                                     adult population being college graduates. Due to the Geographic
                                     Exception process, students come from all four administrative districts
School                        p. 3   on Oahu. In School Year 2006-07, all grade 6 students from the
Improvement                          Kaiser Complex were moved into NVMS, to its present grades 6-8
                                     configuration.
 •   Summary of                          The Academic Program enables all students to meet the new
     Progress                        State Promotion Requirements. NVMS aims to enhance its Academic
                                     Program by becoming Hawaii’s first public middle school authorized
School Resources              p. 4   as an International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) World School.
                                     On July 2, 2008, the IBO approved NVMS’ Application Part A, w hich
 •                                   formally entered the school into the IBO’s Consideration Phase. In
     Certified Staff
                                     order to fulfill Part B of the authorization process, in School Year
                                     2008-09, NVMS w ill implement the first three years of the IB Middle
 •   Facilities                      Years Programme (MYP) under the consultation of the IBO. All
                                     students will be enrolled in the eight MYP courses: Language A,
                                     Language B (Japanese or Chinese Mandarin), Mathematics,
Vital Signs                pp. 5-7   Humanities, Sciences and Technology, Physical Education, and the
                                     Arts (Music or Visual Arts). There are exploratory courses in the Fine
 •   School Quality                  Arts, Music, Leadership, and Media. Specialized instruction is
     Survey                          provided for students identified as Gifted and Talented, Special
                                     Education, and English as a Second Language.
 •   Student Conduct                     The NVMS curricula incorporates grade level interdisciplinary
                                     teams and an advisory program, to meet the philosophy of the
                                     National Middle School Association and the IBO MYP. The Athletics
 •   School                          Program consists of after-school coed extramural teams in Cross
     Retention or                    Country, Volleyball, Basketball, and Soccer. The Western Association
     Completion                      of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accredited NVMS to School Year
                                     2010. There is a parallel and dove-tailing effort to become World
 •   Hawaii State Assessment         School authorized by IBO in 2009 and reaccredited by WASC in
                                     2010.
                                         N VMS is supported by parents and community through the
Other School                  p. 8   Friends of N VMS. Requisite financial support for NVMS as an IBO
Information                          World School is through the emerging Niu Valley International Middle
                                     School Foundation and school resources. The NVMS School
                                     Community Council oversees the Academic and Financial Plans,
School Address:                      engages in discourse in relevant school issues and provides
Niu Valley Middle School             approvals as warranted to initiatives.
                                         The faculty and staff are determined to provide quality student
310 Halemaumau Street                support to meet the unique needs of every student. The school has a
Honolulu, Hawaii 96821               strong academic core curriculum, a thriving arts program, and a
                                     competitive athletics program: The three A’s. The core subject
                                     teachers are organized into grade level teams and complimented with
                                     teachers of the elective courses. Each student is further assigned to
                                     an advisory program--the entire teaching and support faculty
                                     implement this program.

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School Status and Improvement Report                                                                                School Year 2007-08

                                                        School Setting

Student Profile                                                            Student Ethnicity, School Year 2007-08

 School year                    2005-06 2006-07 2007-08          Native American     1    0.1%

  Fall enrollment                 461      702          792                  Black   4    0.5%

                                                                          Chinese 64           8.1%
  Number and percent of           434      674          752
  students enrolled for the                                                Filipino 19        2.4%
  entire school year             94.1%    96.0%     94.9%
                                                                         Hawaiian 19          2.4%

  Number and percent of            54      69           87        Part-Hawaiian 115               14.5%
  students receiving free or
  reduced-cost lunch             11.7%    9.8%      11.0%               Japanese 202                   25.5%

                                                                           Korean 49           6.2%
  Number and percent of            53      70           76              Portuguese   6    0.8%
  students in Special
  Education programs             11.5%    10.0%     9.6%
                                                                          Hispanic 13         1.6%

                                                                           Samoan    4    0.5%
  Number and percent of            17      23           32
  students with limited                                                    White 156                  19.7%
                                 3.7%     3.3%      4.0%
  English proficiency
                                                                   Indo-Chinese      6    0.8%

                                                                           Other 134                 16.9%

                                                                                         0%      20%         40%     60%         80%   100%

                                                              n = 792


Community Profile              Based on the 2000 U.S.
                                      Census                              Community Educational Attainment Level
Kaiser Complex                  School       State of
                               Community     Hawai`i

Total population                30,670      1,211,537                    College                                                  46.0%
                                                                        Graduate                              26.2%
Percentage of population         18.4%          20.6%
aged 5-19

Median age of population          42.4           36.2                                                              28.8%
                                                                  Some College
                                                                                                                   29.9%
Number of families               8,557       287,068

Percentage of families with      38.3%          45.0%
children under 18                                                                                      19.1%
                                                                   High School
                                                                                                                   28.5%
Percentage of families with      11.3%          18.3%
children headed by a single
mother
                                                                Less than High           6.1%
Average family size               3.3            3.42              School
                                                                  Graduate                           15.4%
Median household income         $81,746      $49,820
                                                                               0%        10%         20%      30%          40%     50%
Percent of households with       2.5%            7.6%
Public Assistance income

                                                                              State of Haw ai`i       School Community
Percent of families with         3.9%           11.2%
children living in poverty




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School Status and Improvement Report                                                    School Year 2007-08

                                        School Improvement
Summary of Progress
Niu Valley Middle School (NVMS) has been granted status by the International Baccalaureate
Organization (IBO) as an official “Consideration Phase” in the authorization process. The Part A
document was approved by the IBO on July 2, 2008. Course outlines, also known as syllabi, were aligned
to IBO expectations and new Courses of Study w ere developed. In School Year 2008-09 these changes
will be implemented to demonstrate to the IBO that NVMS can deliver the first three years of the IBO
Middle Years Programme. Successful implementation is a major requirement for the Part B of the
application for authorization process. Faculty and staff were sent to IBO-certification workshops across
the country and Canada. A consultant from the IBO also provided professional development w ork with our
staff.

The school vision and mission was revised to reflect on our new direction of international-mindedness,
holistic learning and communication, all central to the IBO. NVMS believes this is also consistent with the
Kaiser Complex Area new ly developed vision of a World Class Education for all, as w ell as the State of
Haw aii Department of Education vision and mission.

Academically, NVMS continues to meet Annual Yearly Progress Goals. Academic teams entered district
and state competition in mathematics and social studies. The Arts program is thriving as evidenced by the
unsolicited comments from numerous concerts, adjudicated performances, individual students earning
seats in select band/orchestras, and students earning ribbons/medals at Solo and Ensemble
competitions. Visual arts students continue to enter competitive events as w ell. The Extramural Athletic
Teams have expanded in number of participants and all had winning records. The most impressive
quality of each team was the Lancer teamwork and pride.

The NVMS C omprehensive Student Support System was established and continues to evolve. Additional
staff and technology were secured and resources reconfigured in order to provide additional services to
support student success.

Grants were secured to support our new World Languages offerings (Japanese and Chinese Mandarin)
from the US Department of Education, in partnership with Aina Haina Elementary School, as well as
grants from the State of Hawaii Department of Education to enhance our technology capabilities and
further the pursuit of International Baccalaureate authorization as a World School.

The school’s major fundraising arm, The Friends of Niu Valley Middle School continue to support the
Academic and Financial plan through their support of classroom teachers, support staff and technology
needs. The FNVMS engages in community recycling, a fundraising project, donations and through their
volunteer time and efforts.




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School Status and Improvement Report                                                                                  School Year 2007-08

                                                         School Resources

Certified Staff
                                                                                                                  *
Teaching Staff                                                             Students per Teaching Staff
   Total Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)                          41.0
                                                                                 Regular Instruction                          20.5
          Regular Instruction, FTE               85.4%       35.0
                                                                                 Special Instruction                          12.7
          Special Instruction, FTE               14.6%       6.0
                                                                           * Regular instruction includes both regular and
          Supplemental Instruction, FTE          0.0%        0.0             supplemental teaching staff and does not include
                                                                             mainstreamed special education students. Therefore,
   Teacher headcount                                         42              these figures do not indicate class size.

   Teachers with 5 or more years at this school              18
                                                                           Administrative and Student Services Staff
   Teachers' average years of experience                     11.5
                                                                                 Administration, FTE *                         5.0
   Teachers with advanced degrees                            12
                                                                                 Librarians, FTE                               1.0
   Professional Teacher Credentials
                                                                                 Counselors, FTE                               4.0
          Fully licensed                         85.7%       36
                                                                                 Number of principals at this school            3
          Provisional credential                 4.8%         2                  in the last five years

          Emergency credential                   9.5%         4            * Administration includes Principals, Vice-Principals,
                                                                             Student Activity Coordinators, Student Services
                                                                             Coordinators, Registrars, and Athletic Directors




Facilities
                                                                                      Adequacy of School's Space

                            School Year Ending 2008                                                                     State Standard
Classrooms available                                    38
                                                                    Administration    78%
Number of classrooms short (-) or over (+)              -7


School facilities inspection results
                                                                           Library    70%
                                         Score
                                 1          2           3
                                                                       Cafeteria/
 Grounds                                                3                         133%
                                                                       Auditorium
 Building exterior                                      3
 Building interior                                      3
                                                                      Classrooms      103%
 Equipment/Furnishings                                  3
 Health/Safety                                          3
                                                                                     0%                  100%                        200%
 Sanitation                                             3
 Total                                      18                    School facilities are considered inadequate if below 70%; marginal if
                                                                  between 70% and 99%; and in excess of state standard if above
For each category:
 1 = Unacceptable; 2 = Satisfactory; 3 = Very Good
                                                                  100%. School population is placed into size categories and is used in
                                                                  formulas to determine State standards for space. Graph does not
For Total:                                                        display capacity exceeding 200%.
 6-8 = Unacceptable; 9-15 = Satisfactory;
 16-18 = Very Good




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School Status and Improvement Report                                                              School Year 2007-08

                                                     Vital Signs

School Quality Survey

The School Quality Survey (SQS), administered periodically by the System Evaluation and Reporting
Section, is used for strategic planning and to comply with state accountability requirements.


                                                        Percent of Positive Responses
                             *
School Quality Survey                               Teachers                 Parents                 Students
Dimensions                                       School State            School State             School State

Standards-Based Learning               2007      95.7% 86.2%             74.1% 68.7%              57.6% 56.9%
                                       2008      95.4% 86.7%             71.8% 68.1%              59.4% 63.1%

Quality Student Support                2007      91.4% 73.2%             69.2% 60.9%              48.3% 43.3%
                                       2008      86.8% 70.5%             67.7% 62.9%              48.1% 48.6%

Professionalism & System               2007      73.2% 67.3%             73.3% 67.2%              67.2% 60.3%
Capacity
                                       2008      87.4% 74.1%             64.5% 66.7%              63.5% 65.3%

Coordinated Team Work                  2007      81.6% 72.9%             55.8% 52.0%              49.1% 50.1%
                                       2008      72.4% 67.1%             55.3% 56.7%              58.5% 61.1%

Responsiveness of the System 2007                87.4% 75.2%             58.1% 57.4%            There are no student
                                                                                                   items for this
                                       2008      90.6% 74.7%             57.1% 58.6%                 dimension


Focused & Sustained Action             2007      83.6% 72.2%             56.1% 51.1%              50.1% 48.8%
                                       2008      86.6% 71.3%             57.9% 52.8%              64.4% 63.6%

Involvement                            2007      87.0% 76.2%             56.3% 56.2%              52.4% 53.5%
                                       2008      85.0% 64.3%             58.6% 59.4%              51.7% 54.2%

Satisfaction                           2007      92.7% 58.8%             75.1% 59.5%              55.7% 49.0%
                                       2008      84.4% 60.8%             75.2% 68.2%              58.7% 59.1%

Student Safety & Well Being            2007      94.7% 75.6%             69.9% 59.0%              48.0% 43.1%
                                       2008      88.0% 72.8%             69.7% 62.2%              47.2% 47.6%

Survey Return Rate **                  2007      91.1% 75.8%             27.7% 18.9%              93.2% 85.1%
                                       2008      76.9% 75.8%             34.0% 18.9%              84.6% 85.1%
*
    State Teacher and Parent positive response figures are one of 4 grade spans (Gr. K to 5/6, Gr. 6/7 to 8, Gr. 9 to
    12, and Multi-level) that best correspond to this school's grade span. The Student positive response figures for
    the State and this school are those of the highest grade level surveyed at this school.
**
    State Return Rate for Teachers, Parents, and Students are for one of 6 grade spans (i.e., Gr. K to 5/6, Gr. K to
    7/8, Gr. K to 12, Gr. 6/7 to 8, Gr. 6 to 12, and Gr. 9 to 12) that correspond to this school's grade span.




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School Status and Improvement Report                                                                                            School Year 2007-08
                                                                Vital Signs
Student Conduct
        Attendance and Absences                                            Suspensions, School Year 2007-2008
            School Year
                                        State
                                       Standard          Non-suspended:     756                                                                 95%
  2005-06      2006-07     2007-08
                                                             Suspended:      36          5%                                These 36 students were
 Average Daily Attendance: %                                                                                               responsible for these 43
                                                                                                                           suspensions.
 (higher is better)

   95.9%        97.9%      96.4%           95.0%                Class A:     17                             40%


                                                                Class B:     20                                   47%
 Average Daily Absences: in days
 (lower is better)                                              Class C:     5                12%

     7.4             3.7     6.5             9
                                                                Class D:     1       2%


                                                                                  0.0%          20.0%    40.0%          60.0%       80.0%      100.0%




                                                                                         Class A: Burglary, robbery, sale of dangerous drugs
                                                          Examples of class of           Class B: Disorderly conduct, trespassing
                                                          suspension:                    Class C: Class cutting, insubordination, smoking
                                                                                         Class D: Contraband (e.g. possession of tobacco)




School Retention
Retention for elementary schools include students in all
grades except kindergarten who were retained (kept back a
grade). Retention for middle/intermediate schools include only
eighth graders who were not promoted to ninth grade.
Starting in 2004, eighth grade retention calculations that
conform to NCLB requirements are used.


                            Retention
                                   2006            2007          2008

Total number of students             182           201           232
Percent retained in grade            0%            0%            0%




Note. " -- " means missing data.
      " * " means data not reported to maintain student confidentiality (see FERPA).

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School Status and Improvement Report                                                                                         School Year 2007-08
                                                             Vital Signs

 Hawaii State Assessment

                        HCPS Reading                                                              HCPS Mathematics


                                              66%                                                           35%
             8                                                                     8
                                                     79%                                                           50%




                                                                           Grade
     Grade




                                              64%                                                             40%
             7                                                                     7
                                                    75%                                                                      67%


                                         57%                                                                     42%
             6                                                                     6
                                                     79%                                                                  62%


                 0%   20%         40%   60%      80%        100%                       0%        20%       40%         60%      80%   100%
                            Percent Proficient                                                         Percent Proficient

                                                          School                                 State


   A bar may not be shown to maintain student confidentiality (see FERPA).


                      HCPS Science                                                                       HCPS Writing
                          Percent Proficient                                                                  Average Score
         Grade          School           State                                          Grade             School          State
                 7          60%           37%                                               6              2.5                  2.3

       The HCPS Science assessment is given in                                         Writing scores range from a low of 0 to a high
       grades 5, 7 and 11.                                                             of 4. The figures show the average score for
                                                                                       each grade level tested. The HCPS Writing
                                                                                       assessment is given in grades 4, 6, 9, and 11.


                                                          TerraNova, 2nd Edition
                                                           Percent Average and Above
                                                     Reading                                        Mathematics
                                               National Norm is 77%                             National Norm is 77%
                             Grade            School               State                    School                State
                               6               92%                 77%                       82%                  73%
                               7               83%                 70%                       87%                  72%
                                  8            88%                 80%                          84%               76%
   The TerraNova is a national norm-reference assessment with 9 stanine levels. Scores in stanines 1 to 3 represent "Below
   Average," and scores in stanines 4 to 9 represent "Average and Above."




   Note. From 2006-2007, the Hawaii Content and Performance Standards (HCPS) III and TerraNova assessments were used.
         " -- " means missing data.
         " * " means data not reported to maintain student confidentiality (see FERPA).




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School Status and Improvement Report                                                                    School Year 2007-08

                                           Other School Information
Niu Valley Middle School was accredited in 2007 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges
for a period of three years with a mid-term review.




Published on November 21, 2008.
System Evaluation and Reporting Section, Systems Accountability Office, Office of the Superintendent, Honolulu, HI: Hawaii
State Department of Education.

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