Nevada Virtual Academy Comprehensive Academic Improvement Plan 1

Nevada Virtual Academy Comprehensive Academic Improvement Plan 1

Nevada Virtual Academy Comprehensive Academic Improvement Plan 1 Who Does Nevada Virtual Academy Serve? NVVA currently serves more than In 2007,does ISOH Who serve? NVVA was founded with the intention of providing a highquality online program for students in Kindergarten to 12th Grade across the state of . . Nevada

2,250 students in grades K-12. NVVAs student population is more atrisk than the population of all State Public Charter Schools. 2017-18 NVVA 2016-17 SPCSA FRL 47.2% 24.3% IEP 11.8% 8.6% NVVA offers multiple programs to serve diverse populations 2

Current Student Demographics NVVA consistently serves approximately twice the percentage of FRL students compared to the SPCSA average. Demographics 2017-2018 NVVA* 2016-2017 SPCSA* American Indian/Alaskan Native 1.5% 0.6% Asian 5.5% 6.5% Hispanic 24.2% 25.5%

Black/African American 17.2% 9.1% White/Caucasian 48.7% 48.7% Pacific Islander 2.7% 1.6% Individualized Education Program (IEP) 11.8% 8.6% Free or Reduced Lunch (FRL)

47.2% 24.3% 3 New Students to NVVA: Economically Disadvantaged Every year NVVA enrolls an increasing number of students who are economically disadvantaged. 700 of the new students in 2017-18 were economically disadvantaged 4 Calculated from internal school report dated Improvement of Non-Proficient Students Typically, prior year test score is the best indicator of a students future test performance. Despite this, NVVA was able to successfully improve the performance level of almost onequarter of all students who were not proficient on the prior years assessment. 24

20 of NVVA students who were not proficient in of NVVA students who were not proficient in Mathematics English Language Arts in 2015-16 % in 2015-16 were proficient in 2016-17. % were proficient in 201617. 2015-16 and 2016-17 State Assessment Data 5

Nevada Virtual Academy High School Program 6 Graduation Rate Improvements NVVA has steadily increased the four-year cohort graduation rate and number of graduates over the past six years and the programs cohort 2017 rate exceeded that of both the State Public Charter Schools and the State of Nevada- in spite of enrolling increasingly credit deficient students. 7 Graduation Rate Demographics NVVA has higher graduation rate percentages in all 4-Year subgroups compared to the charter averages (See Appendix A) Source: 8 Nevada Virtual Academy

Middle School Program 9 Middle School Highlights 3-Star Rating for 2016-17 Outperformed and outgained the state in Math Awarded all possible points for on-track 8th grade promotion Above average growth for non-proficient students in Math Earned 80% possible points for Chronic Absenteeism 10 Nevada Virtual Academy Elementary Program 11 NVVA Elementary Program Matters NVVA elementary grades show continual improvement in state assessments year-over-year Students who enroll in grades K-2 perform

significantly better on state assessments than those who enroll later (See Appendix B) Elementary Completion Rates are up year-over-year 3.5% increase in ES ELA 6.4% in ES Math 12 Rationale for NVVA Benchmark Target With only having baseline data from the 2015-2016 school year, NVVA aligned its proficiency increase with that of the 2017 State Improvement Plan of 2% for Math and 3% for ELA. *In reference to page #11 of Agenda Item 5 Memo 13 Elementary SBAC Proficiency 2015/2016 vs. 2016/2017 NVVA more than doubled the improvement that the state made in Math and tripled the improvement the state made in ELA. Math ELA 42.10%

45.00% 38.59% 30.00% 25.00% 45.00% 40.00% 40.00% 35.00% 30.00% 22.50% 25.00% 20.00% 15.00% 15.00% 10.00%

10.00% 0.00% 15/16 16/17 NVVA 39.20% 36.80% 35.00% 28.90% 20.00% 5.00% 47.87%48.70% 50.00% 50.00% 15/16 16/17

STATE NVVA- 6.40% increase STATE- 3.51% increase 5.00% 0.00% 15/16 16/17 NVVA 15/16 16/17 STATE NVVA- 2.40% increase STATE- .83% increase 14 NVVA ES Program Showing Improvements NVVA elementary school program is showing significant year-over-year improvements on state assessments in most grades and subjects. 15

Average Student Growth Percentiles Broken down by years with NVVA NVVA Elementary program is effective as demonstrated by increased growth persistence 4th Math 5th Math Average SGP Average SGP 3+ Years (n=40) 44.9 3+ Years (n=37) 51.6 1 Year (n=16) 32.9 1 Year (n=42)

38.5 Percent Change 36.5% Percent Change 34.0% 4th ELA 5th ELA Average SGP Average SGP 3+ Years (n=40) 47.8 3+ Years (n=37) 44.3 1 Year (n=16)

33 1 Year (n=43) 31.2 Percent Change 44.8% Percent Change 42% 16 Cure: Instruction Enhanced Instructional Model Consistent utilization of Online School Curriculum Teacher-led instruction to ensure full, comprehensive coverage of the standard Differentiated Instruction Teacher-led instruction at the student instructional level Monitoring implementation through reviewing student-level data

throughout the week and routine observations Student participation has increased 650% in teacher-led instruction (see Appendix C) 17 Cure: Meeting Each Students Needs Blended/Pathway Changes Newly created guidelines which emphasize on-going support for students and instructional pathways that address students individual academic levels Ongoing monitoring course progress and benchmark assessments to ensure correct placement and engagement Response To Instruction (RTI) Revised requirements, interventions, progress monitoring and supporting our most academically at-risk students 18 Cure: Meeting Each Students Needs Example: Pathway Placement & Movement Initial Placement Placement Change/Continuation

Independent K-2= 90% on tests 3-8= SBAC/MAP A-B+ Grades Top 15% Virtual Blended K-8 at Grade Level K-8 nonproficient/belo w grade level MAP bottom half D/F or no grades Maintains A grades or scores in the 90% or higher on MAP to stay on Independent 8-week check of successfully maintaining a 75% average, recommendation from teacher to stay on Virtual

8-week check of grade below C average, student moved to stay on Blended *In reference to page #8 of Agenda Item 5 Memo 19 Cure: Additional Student Supports Example: Summer Programming Overall Goal: provide ongoing remediation and enrichment for our students Primary focus is K-5 students identified based on MAP scores (targeting less than 40%) and academic progress Students will be highly encouraged to attend the sixweek remediation program Secondary focus is offering academic enrichment Curriculum used will be consistent with the schools yearlong curriculum (OLS) staffed by most effective licensed K-5 teachers as measured by student growth *In reference to page #7 of Agenda Item 5 Memo 20

Monitoring Program Who Monitors? How? Frequency? OLS (Curriculum & Instruction) K-8 Principal Observations, Lesson plans, Progress Monitoring Reports Weekly RTI RTI Interventionist RTI meetings, Student Referrals & Tiered Support, Formative

Assessment Data Weekly Literacy Plan Assistant Principal, Literacy Committee Instructional Observations, Teacher Feedback Interim Assessment Data *Increase proficiency levels consistent with the state Bi-weekly Summer Programming K-8 Principal Progress Monitoring reports, Pre- and Post-Assessments Weekly FAST

FAST Administrator Engagement and Persistence Data Tracker Weekly After School Activities Family Engagement Coordinator Family Feedback, Surveys, Participation Rates After each event Interim and Summative Assessment Data K-8 Administration Real Time and Longitudinal Trackers After each assessment

Chronic Absenteeism Data Data Director Infinite Campus Monthly Attendance reports Monthly 21 Tracking Chronic Absenteeism Rates as of April 1, 2018 Chronic Absenteeism rates have improved across all programs. 2016-2017 Framework Current 2018 Projection ES 21.6% 6.02% MS 7.2% 1.7%

HS 27.8% 7.0% 22 Data Tracking Interim and Benchmark Assessments Instructional team constantly updates and utilizes pertinent data to track students progress on interim and benchmark assessments in order to properly assign levels and remediate Previous SBAC Scores Growth Percentiles MAP Scores and Percentiles Semester Grades *In reference to page #2 of Agenda Item 5 Memo 23

Cure: Additional Student Supports Example: FAST (Family Academic Support Team) Process TIER 4: Administrative Meeting Withdrawal possible after 10 days truant TIER 3: Non-compliancy BOT Contract enforced with FEPs 'Repeat offenders' will enter referral process in Tier 3 TIER 2: *Referrals enter here Mandated by support need BOT contract implemented Tier 1: General Compliancy All families start here Tier 4 FAST Meetin g:

AA, FEA Tier 3 More intensive support from FAST: FASL, FEC, FRC, FCL FEPs, Family Support Training Sessions, BOT, NC begins Tier 2 Family selected for targeted support from FASL, FEC (support), FRC (case opened and assessed), FCL, BOT Contract Tier 1 All families receive support from Classroom teacher/SPED, FEC (engagement opportunities) Cure: Additional Student Supports Example: FAST (Family Academic Support Team) Goal of FAST is to ensure students are engaged and making progress (See Appendix C) 74% of truant students in FAST this year were re-engaged and remain at NVVA. ES students on a Back On Track (BOT) plan for 12 weeks increased academic growth by

37.5% *In reference to page #5 of Agenda Item 5 Memo 25 After-School Activities Engagement Community Building Partnerships Organized by Family Engagement Coordinator and administration Staffed by Nevada Virtual Academy vetted employees Opportunities are provided in both Northern and Southern regions of the state NVVA has 243 students currently participating in National Clubs including: K-2nd Dr. Seuss Book Club K-8th LEGO K-5th Caring for Animals 6th-7th Minecraft 6th-12th American Red Cross

6th-8th Coding 9th-12th DIY Makers 9th-12th Art & Sketching 7th-12th Film Makers *In reference to page #7 of Agenda Item 5 Memo 26 Nevada Virtual Academy In Conclusion 27 NVVA Corrects Noted Deficiencies 1. NVVA provided demonstration of ongoing monitoring process and resultant improvements to implementation of cures 2. NVVA provided demonstration of how interim and benchmark assessments are used as tools to inform instruction as part of overall plan to reach schoolwide 3-Star rating 3. NVVA affirmed its benchmark targets and its commitment to maintain the schools growth trajectory 4. NVVA provided evidence that its student and family support activities demonstrate positive student outcomes as measured

by reduced chronic absenteeism, increased engagement, and more participation in teacher-led instruction 28 Nevada Virtual Academy APPENDIX 29 Appendix A High School Program Data 30 5-Year Graduation Rate 2015-2017 For the last two years, NVVA has outperformed the state on 5 Year Graduation rates. 5-Year Graduation Rate 0.87 90.00% 74.34%

80.00% 72.03% 73.51% 70.00% 57.44% 60.00% 50.00% 40.00% 30.00% 20.00% 10.00% 0.00% 2015 2016 NVVA 2017 2015

2016 STATE 31 9th and 10th Grade Credit Sufficiency 2/5 Points 9th/10th Credit Sufficiency 100.00% 70.60% 0.00% NVVA Every year, NVVA enrolls credit deficient students and works with them catch up and graduate them within 4-5 years. 32 ACT Performance NVVAs 11th grade students perform close to or above statewide mean scale scores on ACT in all subjects.

33 ACT Average Demographics 34 Appendix B Data Tracking 35 NVVA ES Program New Student Performance NVVA Elementary School Program enrolls many new students who are already performing below grade level and not prepared to pass the state assessments without time to catch up. 36 Data Tracking Chronic Absenteeism Monthly attendance reports are pulled and compiled from Infinite Campus, then sorted by grade level Withdrawn students

are removed from previous monthly reports Present days are divided by Total days enrolled for each student to achieve individual attendance percentages Students below 90% attendance are flagged 37 Early Enrollment Makes a Difference Middle School Program students who enrolled in NVVA in grades K-2 perform significantly better on state assessments than those who enroll later, in grades 3-5 or grades 6-8. By the Numbers: Those enrolled in K-2 have rates 29 points higher in ELA and 26 points

higher in Math. 38 2016-17 Scores Blackboard Connect Session Comparison 2016-17 to 2017-18 Attendance 2016-2017 2017-2018 Percentage Point Increase Invited Group Invited Attended Attended% Invited Group Invited Attended Attended% 10 1192 738 61.9%

10 6777 4437 65.5% +3.6% 20 4237 1714 40.4% 20 17441 11230 64.4%

+24% 30 8754 3352 38.3% 30 21708 13168 60.7% +22.4% 40 12184 5894 48.4%

40 38755 25895 66.8% +18.4% 50 27371 12175 44.5% 50 53665 29559 55.1%

+10.6% 60 27112 14858 54.8% 60 41226 23388 56.7% +1.9% 80850 38731 47.9% 179572 107677

60.0% +12.1% 39 Weekly Academic Reports 4/19/2018 Weekly academic report 4/19 HS/MS Passing Rate for all classes is up. HS Passing Rates for Math up. HS Passing Rate for ELA up. ES Projected Completion Rate for ELA up. ES Projected Completion Rate for Math up. Percent of students tested for Instructional Levels ELA Percent of students tested for Instructional Levels Math SMS Weekly Metrics 4/19 Returning student withdrawal rate for all grades is down. Percent of students with graduation plans that are credit deficient. 12.1% YoY 21.3% YoY 12.3% YoY 3.5% YoY 6.4% YoY 99.9%

99.9% -0.7% 8.0% 40 Appendix C FAST Program Rationale 41 The solution Family Academic Support Team The Family Academic Support Team (FAST) is an integrated student support services model that empowers students to overcome challengesbe they academic, social, emotional, medical, or otherwiseto succeed in school and beyond. FAST uses a holistic and strengths based approach. Students and families receive early intervention, support services, case management and connection to school and community based resources. Collaborative Data Driven

FAST members and teachers work with families to provide the extra help needed to enable students to stay motivated and on track. Data drives decision making. Data is analyzed throughout the referral process to monitor individual student progress and program efficacy. FAST Goals The Family Academic Support Teams Goal is to ENGAGE students in their education, EQUIP families with the necessary tools, ENCOURAGE them to be successful, EMPOWER families to meet EXPECTATIONS. Capacity Intervention Support Develop the capacity of students and families from a strength based perspective.

Help students stay on track through early interventions, wraparound supports and engagement strategies. Work through non-academic issues with students and families in order to remove barriers to school success Connection Community promotion Create a positive and supportive school climate during school launch and throughout the year that fosters student connectedness and parental involvement Develop community partnerships in order to better support students and families with social, emotional, and medical issues

Improve student retention to promote students to the next grade level and achieve on time graduation 43 FAST Roles & Responsibilities Family Resource Coordinator Family Academic Support Liaison Family Engagement Coordinator Family Compliance Liaison Resources & Referrals Student/LC Support

Onboarding Program Truancy Community Partnerships Intervention Plan Parental Involvement Attendance Tracking Crisis Prevention & Response Action Planning Enrichment Trainings School Policy Professional Development Accountability Community Building State Regulations

44 Referral What is a Referral? A referral is the method by which the FAST Team becomes aware that a student and family are experiencing challenges that impact school engagement and academic performance. FAST provides an additional layer of support through a tiered intervention process. Reasons for Referral FAST Referrals can happen for a number of reasons, including but not limited to: Family crisis Low or no progress Teachers or other staff submit referrals via the online FAST Tracker case management system. Lack of engagement All documentation of student reason for referral, progress and interventions are accessible and

maintained in the system. Low class participation Both the FAST Team and students teachers can monitor the students intervention plan and progress. Truancy or low attendance Social, emotional, or behavioral issues Learning Coach training or support 45 The Referral process Assignment Monitor Referral reviewed and assigned by lead. Assignment based on referral reason

The case manager monitors progress and revises plan as needed. Follow up at one and three weeks minimum. Determine next steps Referral Intervention Exit Student issue arises and teacher interventions have not been sufficient. Teacher lead approval The situation is assessed by the case manager. Appropriate supports and resources are identified. The intervention plan is drafted and finalized with the student and parent. At this stage the case is

either successfully closed or escalated to administration. 46 FAST Tracker 47 Case Management System The FAST Tracker is a uniform tool used at each pilot school for case management and data analysis purposes. The FAST Tracker is an internally developed tool housed in SharePoint. All cases are initiated, monitored and closed through this system.

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