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2009 AYP Corrective Action Plan

The Northbridge School District is dedicated to ensuring that all of our students succeed as we strive to meet the high expectations and standards required by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and the Massachusetts Education Reform Act. These laws require that all school districts make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in the aggregate student population and for all student subgroups in the areas of Reading/English/Language Arts and Mathematics. In the spring of 2008, our MCAS scores did not make AYP in Mathematics/Language Arts in two subgroups. Therefore, the Northbridge Middle School was designated as a School Identified for Improvement Year 2. We will implement a Corrective Action Plan and vigorously focus on student improvement. Fortunately, due to dedicated faculty, students, parents and district personnel, we made AYP in our aggregate (whole school) for our 2008 MCAS scores.

We will continue to implement our Corrective Action Plan initiated in the fall of 2007. This plan includes a rigorous Mathematics program in grades 5-8, (Scott Foresman/McDougall Littell). Pre-Algebra begins in Grade 7, and Algebra I/II is offered to qualified students in grades 7 and 8. Students will continue to use Smartboards (4) and graphing calculators to enhance technology exposure in the classroom. Pupils will also be instructed using Mountain Math and Hands-on Equations to supplement their regular curriculum. Concerning Language Arts, pupils will be exposed to Mountain Language, Scholastic Reading Inventory Reviews, three (3) yearly writing prompt reviews and complete faculty MCAS data analysis. Northbridge Middle School has also formed a writing committee to focus on coordinating our 5-8 program. We also consult with district personnel when applicable.

The Northbridge Middle School will also continue to work with our District Math/Language Arts Consultants and offer applicable professional development to our faculty. Additionally, we will implement our Title I after school program offered to qualified pupils and offer an accelerated math club. Students will be given a tutorial block for an additional math period 4 5 times a week.

During the 2008-09 academic year, NMS will work with faculty and NMS School Council members to align our School Improvement Plan with NCLB and DOE requirements. We look forward to a positive and productive year. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at mpgauthier@nps.org. or 234-8718/0080.

Click to view: the AYP Corrective Action Plan