Annual Reports

Letter to the Community

Date posted:  August 15th, 2014

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2013-2014 educational progress for the Hamilton Community Schools and our schools.  The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and some requirements of state laws.  Our staff is available to help you understand this information.  Please contact Mat Rehkopf (mlrehkop@hamiltonschools.us) for help if you need assistance.

The district report is available in hard copy at the administration office.  You can also access the annual report below:
PDF DocumentDistrict Annual Report

The report contains the following information:

Student Assessment Data – Elementary or middle school assessment results on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), high school assessment results on Michigan Merit Exam (MME), and assessment results for students with disabilities on Michigan’s Alternative Assessment Program (MI-Access or MEAP-Access)

  • Presents achievement data for all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing) compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students.
  • Helps parents understand achievement progress within schools and compare these to district and State achievement.

Accountability Scorecard – Detail Data and Status
Information is provided for the district and each school related to achievement targets in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies answering questions like:

  • Did the district (and schools) meet achievement targets for all students and subgroups of students?
  • Did the district (and schools) meet achievement growth targets for all students and subgroups of students?

Teacher Qualification Data

  • Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels
  • Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers not considered highly qualified to teach such classes

NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • Provides State results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8

Review the table below listing our schools. The state has identified some schools with the status of Reward, Focus or Priority. A Reward school is one that is outperforming other schools in achievement, growth, or is performing better than other schools with a similar student population. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap in 30% of its student achievement scores. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no status label is given.

School Name

Status Label

 

Key initiative to accelerate achievement

 

Bentheim Elementary

NONE

Curricular and Assessment Alignment

Blue Star Elementary

NONE

Academic Vocabulary and Assessment Alignment

Hamilton Elementary

NONE

Balanced Assessments increase in Formative assessment

Sandyview Elementary

REWARD

Balanced Assessments increase in Formative assessment

Hamilton Middle

NONE

Increasing student vocabulary and developing common assessments

Hamilton High

NONE

Deeper Relationship Development

Pioneer Tech

NONE

Balanced Assessments increase in Formative assessment

For 2013-2014, Hamilton Community Schools made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).  Several of these students did graduate within five years. Will we are happy with our progress we continue to work on addressing district issues by tracking the progress toward graduation for all students. Additionally, we are continuing to address the individual needs of all students, at all levels. All elementary schools, the middle school and Hamilton High school made AYP as well as met attendance and graduation rates.  

Last year Hamilton High School was designated as a Focus School due to the achievement gaps between our top 30% of students and bottom 30% of students. We are proud to report that the High School is NO LONGER a Focus school.  As a team, the High School Staff successfully worked on initiatives to reduce the achievement gaps between the groups. We are proud that Sandyview Elementary has been labeled as a Reward School, leaving us with two Reward schools in the past two years.

Hamilton continues to be a district that strives to provide a personal, meaningful educational experience to meets the needs of all students. We are proud of the accomplishments of our schools and students! Please contact me if you have questions or would like to discuss ways that we can continue to improve as a district.

Sincerely,
|David Tebo, Superintendent