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Northwest Community School's Building School Improvement Plans
Dan Spencer's Flipped Classroom Resources
Information regarding Homeless.
This folder contains many documents regarding Personal Curriulcum. Please see your Middle School or High School Counselor for more details.
New MEAP Cut Scores
5 THINGS PARENTS NEED TO KNOW
A NEW DEFINITON OF PROFICIENT ON STATE REQUIRED TESTS
1. Each year, public school students in grades 3-9 take the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) test and 11th graders take the Michigan Merit Exam (MME).
2. The Michigan State Board of Education recently approved new MEAP and MME “cut scores” for Mathematics, Reading, Science and Social Studies. A cut score is the score that separates test takers into various categories, such as advanced, proficient, partially proficient and not proficient.
3. The new cut scores are higher and “raise the bar” for our students. They are intended to be a better measure of student progress toward being career and college ready.
4. While we anticipate an initial decline in the number of students reported as “proficient,” we are confident this change will be temporary due to ongoing school improvement efforts and student support.
5. If your student is reported as “not proficient,” it does not mean that your student isn't gaining academic skills or is falling behind. It means that on the day of the test, your student was not yet proficient on the material being tested. Several other measures are used in our district throughout the year to insure that your student is making academic progress.
We maintain high standards for our students and their test scores are consistently among the highest in the state. We anticipate this trend will continue even with the new cut scores.
If you would like additional information about changes to the MEAP or MME, please contact your building principal or Curriculum Director, Cari Bushinski at firstname.lastname@example.org
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Public Law 100-77), which was enacted by Congress in 1987, is the primary federal legislation addressing the problem of homelessness in the United States. The McKinney-Vento Act deals with a variety of assistance for the homeless, including emergency shelter and food, housing, health and mental health care, education, and job training. The McKinney-Vento Act has been amended four times, and the amendments have, for the most part, expanded the scope and strengthened the provisions of the original legislation.
THe 1994 amendments were part of the reauthorization of the Improving America's Schools Act. This legislation provided continued support for previous policies and increased legal protections of homeless children and youth to ensure that they had greater access to a free, appropriate public education.
The law says that a child or youth without a fixed, regular and adequate residence is homeless. It does not matter how long the child or youth has been without a home. It also does not matter if the child or youth is living with a parent or is separated from parents. Under the Act, students are homeless if they are: