August 17, 2017

Yearly Progress


Dear DBS Community,

Earlier this month, the Vermont Department of Education notified the school that we have achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) when the scores of all 3rd though 5th graders are examined as a whole.  This is the second consecutive year that the school achieved this mark.  In reading, the school recorded its sixth year of improvement on the AYP scale and our own local reading assessment showed that 89% of our K through 4 students were reading at or above grade level by the end of the year. When the subset of students that qualify for free and reduced lunch is broken out, Dothan Brook narrowly missed the AYP target for mathematics.  This is the third year in which the school did not make AYP for this population and to address this area the school has dedicated its in-service and staff meeting time to examine best practices in the area of mathematics.     

A school makes AYP by meeting targets set by the state as required by federal legislation called No Child Left Behind.  In Vermont, these targets increase every three years with the goal of 100 percent proficiency by ALL students by 2014 regardless of disability, poverty levels or if a child is an English language learner.  A school that does not meet AYP for two consecutive years in the same indicator enters school improvement status, which requires schools to take specific actions designed to improve student achievement.

Because this is the third consecutive year that Dothan Brook did not achieve AYP, the school is considered to be in school improvement year 2.  This requires us to maintain the school improvement plan that the school implemented last January.  I will provide a presentation for the community related to AYP results at our PTO meeting on September 12, 2013.  In addition, at this meeting, I will solicit community input on the action steps that should be considered as the school moves forward with efforts to improve our math scores.  If you cannot attend this meeting, please feel free to contact me with your input and/or questions.  

 Thank you for your support.

 Sincerely,

Rick Dustin-Eichler

Principal