Yakima School District: 2015-16 Annual Goals

The Board is responsible for establishing educational goals which guide both the Board and staff in working together toward increasing student achievement and, ultimately, having all students earn a high school diploma. These measureable standards provide students, staff, parents, and the community an opportunity to assess the district’s growth in areas identified as key to the academic growth of students.

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Parent and Community Involvement

A minimum of 80% of parents and/or community members will respond positively on the indicator, "Parent and Family Involvement," as measured on the YSD Family Survey.

Parent and Community Involvement20142015
 Almost Always True/Sometimes True Response Rate72% 76%

Student Attendance

District will decrease the number of students who are chronically absent by at least 5 percentage points from the previous year.

Chronic Absenteeism201320142015
 Students who have missed 15 or more days of school33.8%31.5%34.2%

Academic Achievement

District will increase the percent meeting standard in ELA, Math and Science for All Students by at least 5 percentage points from the previous year.

ELA Achievement2015
 5th grade SBAs36.2
 8th grade SBAs38.0
 11th grade SBAs18.9

 

Math Achievement2015
 5th grade SBAs25.7
 8th grade SBAs24.2
 11th grade SBAs7.0

 

Science Achievement201020112012201320142015
 5th grade MSP 10.828.733.1 34.741.2 38.6
 8th grade MSP 28.738.1 41.636.943.139.4 
 High School EOC-Biology  35.742.1 53.346.6 

Student Growth Percentiles (SGP)

In English Language Arts (ELA), the District will attain a SGP of at least 50 in the All category.

In Mathematics, the District will attain a SGP of at least 55 in the All category.

Student Growth Percentiles20112012201320142015
English Language Arts38434348 47
Mathematics43525650 42

Discipline

District will reduce the number of students who receive out of school suspensions or expulsions, the number of days lost to suspension and/or expulsions and the number of short term suspensions by at least 10 percent from the previous year.

Discipline20112012201320142015
 No of Students1,9821,7951,7991,5021,298 
 No of Days29,29823,58721,93516,93713,478 
 No of Short Term Suspensions2,5982,4052,5182,0661,619 

4-Year Graduation Rates

District will increase the 4-year district graduation rate for All Students by 5 percentage points from the previous year.

4-Year Graduation Rates20112012201320142015
District   65.90%56.10%56.60% 63.30%  65.30%
State   77.60% 77.20% 76.00%  77.20% 78.10%
Davis  74.40% 73.50% 73.50% 83.10% 76.20%
Eisenhower  78.20% 73.00% 80.20% 76.10% 83.60%
 Stanton  10.50% 15.30% 10.20% 19.60% 19.40%
 Yakima Online  16.00% 30.20% 20.50% 40.00% 37.10%
 Satellite Alternative  2.3% 1.90% 0.00% 1.50% 0.00%

Executive Summary

Parent and Community Involvement

Increasing opportunity for the district to partner with others to support the career and college readiness of our students is a priority. The involvement of parents and the community is a key component in ensuring student success and achievement.

Student Attendance

Students need to attend school daily to succeed. Chronic absence can be easily masked when daily attendance is relatively high. Chronic Absenteeism is defined as missing 10% or more of a school year for any reason. Given the critical importance of time devoted to learning, it is important to account for all absences.

Academic Achievement

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires students are tested annually in grades 3-8 and once in high school in the areas of Math and ELA. In addition, students are tested once within the elementary, middle and high school years in science.

Student Growth Percentiles (SGP)

Student growth percentiles represent the amount of growth a student made over the last year in comparison to their academic peers across the state, based on their Washington MSP/HSPE/EOC assessment scores in reading and math.

School and district median growth rates are determined by ordering all individual growth percentiles and identifying the middle student growth percentile. If a school has a median growth percentile of 50, we can say half of the school’s students had a student growth percentile of less than 50 and half had a student growth percentile of 50 or above. The state average is 50.

Higher median growth percentiles indicate higher growth rates for students in those schools, regardless of the percent of students in the school that meet standard. For example, a low-proficiency school can show high growth rates or a high-proficiency school can show low growth rates.

Discipline

The District takes a proactive and preventive approach to support positive behavior. Strategies and interventions that provide clear, developmentally appropriate and relational consequences for misbehavior as well as using disciplinary incidents to help students learn from their mistakes are utilized to de-crease the number of suspensions and expulsions annually. The district’s overall objective is to reduce the loss of instruction due to discipline, while maintaining a safe and secure environment.

4-Year Graduation Rates

Graduation rates are calculated using the “adjusted cohort rate” methodology by the OSPI. Students are placed in a group—or cohort—based on the year they enter ninth grade for the first time. The calculation adjusts for students who transfer into a Washington public high school for the first time and join a cohort. Students are removed from the cohort if they transfer out of public school in Washington. Graduation rates are calculated by OSPI and reported in March of the following year.