Moose Pass School recognized as an Alaska Reward School

Seven KPBSD schools recognized as Alaska Reward Schools

Moose Pass SchoolSoldotna, October 22, 2013—Moose Pass School is one of just seven schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and 49 schools in Alaska to be recognized by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development (DEED) as 2013 Alaska Reward Schools. The recognition is meant to honor the schools’ student achievement during the 2012-2013 school year.

“Moose Pass’ qualifications as being a “High Progress School” can be attributed to the high quality, hard-working teachers and staff as well as very supportive and involved parents and community members,” said Moose Pass Principal Jason Bickling. He also is Principal of Seward Middle School.

Last school year there were 17 students K-8 enrolled at the little school. The teachers were Katie Abraham (K-3), who is still there; Katy Jurney-Scrivo (4-8) ,now at Seward Elementary. Rebecca Mike is the new 4-6 teacher. This year there are only students in K-6th enrolled.

“The Reward Schools designation is part of Alaska’s new school accountability system, which is in its first year,” reported DEED. “With a waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act, Alaska replaced the former federal accountability system of Adequate Yearly Progress with a state system that not only identifies schools most in need of support but also recognizes schools that are improving students’ learning.”

Reward Schools are recognized in two categories—Highest Performing and High Progress—across three grade spans: K-8 (including elementary and middle schools), 9-12, and K-12 schools.

Highest Performing KPBSD Schools
Aurora Borealis Charter School (also High Progress*)
Kaleidoscope School of Arts & Sciences (also High Progress*)
Paul Banks Elementary School
West Homer Elementary School (also High Progress*)

*High Progress KPBSD Schools
Cooper Landing School
McNeil Canyon Elementary School
Moose Pass School

“I am thrilled to see our seven schools recognized in this way,” said Dr. Atwater. “The highest performing, high progress designation speaks to the commitment to excellence of our students, staff and stakeholders at these schools.”



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Criteria
To qualify for Reward status as a highest-performing school:
· the school must be in the top 10 percent of schools in its grade span (K-8, 9-12, or K-12) based on its score under the Alaska School Performance Index (explained below);
· over the two most recent years, the school must have a graduation rate that averaged at least 85 percent, if it has 12th-graders; and
· over the two most recent years, the school must have met its goal for increasing the percentage of students who are proficient in reading, writing, and math, for the student body as a whole and all subgroups of students.

To qualify for Reward status as a high-progress school:
· the school must be in the highest 10 percent of all schools in the Growth and Proficiency Index (explained below);
· have an average score of at least 95 in the Growth and Proficiency Index over the past three years for all students;
· have an average Growth and Proficiency Index score of at least 90 in the most recent year for the subgroups Alaska Native/American Indian students, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and English language learners (if there are at least five students in a subgroup);
· the graduation rate must average at least 85 percent over the two most recent years, if the school has 12th-graders.

In an October 22, 2013, media release, DEED reports, “The Alaska School Performance Index measures schools by a combination of data: student achievement on the state’s reading, writing and math assessments; growth in the school’s student body in those assessments from the prior year; and attendance. Schools with high school students also are measured by graduation rates; student performance on college-ready and career-ready assessments such as the SAT, ACT, and WorkKeys; and students’ participation rate in the WorkKeys assessment.

The Growth and Proficiency Index, briefly stated, measures whether a student population in a school is increasing, remaining stable, or declining in achievement in reading, writing, and math from one year to the next. A school receives an index score for its student body as a whole, and scores for each of the four subgroups mentioned above. The index looks at each student’s performance over those two years and creates a combined picture of a school’s performance.”

“It is a pleasure to announce Alaska’s Reward Schools for 2013, an achievement shared by their families and educators,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. “Reward Schools strive to meet the academic needs of all students, however large or small the school is. They support students’ progress toward the goals of proficiency and graduation. We congratulate them.”

Links
DEED October 22, 2013 Media Release: Forty-nine Schools Recognized as Alaska Reward Schools
Alaska Department of Education and Early Development
KPBSD Assessments

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