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Indian Valley Record Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2010 3A J Low test scores put CRC on state 'watch' list We should always try to reach that goal." In the 2007 - 08 year, Hispan- ic students fell short in math. The school scored at or above required levels in 16 of the 17 measurements, however. The following year; accord- ing to Marquette, then princi- pal Rick Kline focused on im- proving Hispanic children's math scores. As a result, math scores were at an acceptable level the next year. English language arts scores fell below the re- quired level for that popula- tion, however, in the 2008 - 09 school year. Scores come in during Sep- tember, and CRC began focus- ing on this subgroup last year to "close the gap" between this and the rest of the student population according to Mar- quette. This year, CRC is expanding its efforts to bring this group up to "proficiency" levels. Scores for the 2009 - 10 year for all district schools will be available sometime in Septem- ber. If CRC is still below ac- ceptable levels in language arts, it becomes a first-year program improvement school. That designation is only used for schools that get Title I, Part A grant funding. , According to the California Department of Education, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 "requires all states to cre- ate academic standards that identify what a child should know and be able to do in kindergarten through grade 12 in English/language arts and mathematics. "Schools must then test stu- dents each year to determine if they are proficient in these subjects. Eachschool is re- viewed annually., to deter: mine if students at that school are making adequate yearly progress (AYP) ... "When reviewing the progress of schools in the dis- trict, the state looks at the school as a whole and sub- groups of students. (Hispanic students are one of these sub- groups.) "Targets are set for the per- cent of students scoring profi- cient, and that target increas- es each year with the expecta- tion that-all students will score proficient by the year 2014. Every school and sub- group is also expected to in- crease its API each year... "Only schools that receive Title 1 Part A funds and do not make AYP for two years in a row are identified for PI. 'Each PI school must take certain steps to give parents choices concerning their stu- dents' education and to im- prove the school's perfor- mance." CRC has implemented a va- riety of strategies directed at helping this group of students improve language arts skills. The school has implemented a new kindergarten program called "Gift of Time." It's a two-year kindergarten de- signed to give children more time to master required skills for that level. In first grade, students who need extra help in English lan- guage arts are placed in the Reading Recovery program. This intervention is good for helping the struggling English Language Learners, because it is one-on-one for 30 minutes a day, and it works from the individual student's level. For example, if he's still working on sight words and phrasing fluency (reading live we speak, rather than slow and choppy), that's the focus. It also works from a stu- dent's strengths. If he looks at pictures in a book to help him read, the Reading Recovery teacher builds on that strength, said Colleen Griffin, who teaches Reading Recov- ery at CRC. Self-correcting is encour- aged. If a student reads a sen- tence and it makes no sense, she's encouraged to think about meaning and context, to come up with a correct reading. In addition, last year the school adopted the Compre- hensive Early Literacy Learn- ing/Extended Literacy Learn- ing program. Thisyear, all CRC teachers are trained and using this pro- gram, which is very helpful with ELL students. Struggling students learn skills such as decoding in a group of approximately three Linda Satchwell Staff Writer Isatchwell@plumasnews.com Plumas Unified School Dis- trict Superintendent Glenn Harris announced at the July board meeting that C, Roy Carmichael Elementary School in Portola is on the state's list of 1,000 open enroll- ment schools. California, wanting to boost its chance for federal funds under the highly competitive Race to the Top program, has come up with a complex for- mula by which it has deter- mined that 1,000 California schools do not meet certain yearly progress standards. As a result, parents of stu- dents at C. Roy Carmichael will be allowed to apply to en- roll their children in any ele- mentary school in the district for the 2011 - 12 year. The deadline for making applica- tion for transfer is Jan. 1, 2011. CRC has already sent out the required letter to parents informing them of this option. The current state target for Academic Performance Index levels for schools this year is 800. As a result of the open en- rollment formula, six of the 1,000 "watched" schools actu- ally have met the desired 800 API score. CRC is one of these. The reason for this is that within this 800 API score for the whole school, there is one particular population -- His- panic children in the area of language arts -- that did not meet "proficiency" level. There is a "gap" between this population's performance and that of other student groups said CRC principal Edletraud Marquette. This is due, primarily, to the fact that Hispanic children of- ten are learning a second lan- guage at the same time that they're learning subject matter. Still, the problem is signifi- cant, not only because it places the school on a "watched" list, but because CRC has a 25.8 percent His- panic populati0n, much larger than afiy other school in the district. "We need to address that gap," said Marquette. 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"We want to foster the love of reading for our ELL stu- dents," said Marquette. Two new assessment tools have been incorporated this year. Diagnostic Online Read- ing Assessment is a tool that's very helpful for ELL students in the language arts. Students work individually at the computer. As they do tasks, DORA adjusts the level of the tasks depending on whether the student answers successfully or not. Upon completing the work set, DORA presents a printout assessment of the student's level on word analysis skills, decoding skills, comprehen- sion, vocabulary and more. CRC also has purchased the accompanying intervention tool, Unique Reader, using its site funds said Marquette. Unique Reader is an interven- tion tool that is directly tied into the student's DORA as- sessment. If, for example, a student needs additional work on word analysis, Unique Reader provides specific tasks that will help build that skill, an- other tool that will benefit ELL students. In addition, CRC has a very dedicated bilingual aide, Mar- cie Tejeda, who works with ELL students both in the classroom, when there is a large enough group in one class, and by pulling students out of class to work in small groups. Spanish-speaking parents know to call her with their school concerns. Parents even call her at home said Mar- quette. CRC also provides many forms, such as Individualized Education Plans, as well as the school newsletter, in Spanish. Finally, because atten- dance is so important, the at- tendance clerk phones home when any CRC student is missing from school to en- quire about the absence. Mar- quette offers rewards for good attendance, as well. Finally, Marquette meets with teachers once a month (seven times during the school year) to discuss the progress of struggling students. They discuss the student's "re- sponse to intervention." If one method doesn't work, then they decide to try something else. Assessment and account- ability are key. 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