Annual School Performance Report Issaquah Valley Elementary School
Issaquah Valley Elementary School
555 NW Holly Street, Issaquah WA 98027 (425) 837-7200 http://connect.issaquah. wednet.edu/elementary/ ive/default.aspx Principal Denise Waters
Welcome Involved parents and community members enrich our schools and enhance our studentsâ€™ learning experiences. At IVE we love our family atmosphere and focus on our entire community coming together to support our children. We have extremely dedicated parents and staff that put the child first in all our decisions. When you walk into IVE you feel a spirit of joy and a clear focus on learning.
Mission Issaquah Valley Elementary students, staff, parents, and community share the responsibility for the education of all children in a caring, nurturing, stimulating environment that fosters growth, mutual respect, and a desire to learn.
Demographics Grades: K-5
Teacher Experience Enrollment: 657 95.4%
Teachers with Master’s/Ph.D
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Average Years Teaching Experience
In March 2014, the U.S. Department of Education declined to renew the state of Washington’s conditional Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver for schools receiving Title I, Part A funds. This decision affects all schools in Washington State, which are now subject to the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Washington is the only state that has lost its waiver and must revert to NCLB standards and timelines of assessment. For schools and districts to be considered succeeding under NCLB, schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards. For schools to meet AYP, 100 percent of all students, regardless of special needs or English language mastery, must meet proficiency standards. Issaquah Valley did not meet AYP this year. For complete information about the Issaquah School District’s assessment data, highly qualified teachers, annual yearly progress, and state NAEP (of Educational Progress) results, please visit the state’s online district report card.
Teacher’s with National Board Certification
For budget details and more go to www.issaquah.wednet.edu/district/ CommunityReport/ The Issaquah School District believes in seeking continual feedback from a broad and diverse range of constituents regarding their experiences with the District and their neighborhood school. See the Community Polling Study site at www. issaquah.wednet.edu/district/polling.aspx for more information and survey results.
Highlights Issaquah Valley earned a Washington Achievement Award in the area of English Language Development in 2014 to go along with the Washington State School of Distinction awards for 2011 and 2012 as it ranked in the top 5% of Washington state elementary schools (out of 1074 elementary schools in Washington) for improvement in math and reading for the last five years. Issaquah Valley participated in Earth Day in a big way in 2015. Students pledged to reduce waste resulting in less than 4 pounds of trash for the entire school lunch. Issaquah Valley Elementary School is a community of staff, parents, and community members working together to provide a high quality learning environment for students. Teachers and staff are dedicated to helping each child perform at high levelsâ€”both academically and socially. A highly supportive PTA provides art, support, and after school enrichment activities to enhance the educational experience of students. Clubs include Lego engineering, World Drumming, Chorus, Holiday Choir, Scratch programming and more! Issaquah Valley staff is highly trained in literacy instruction, effective use of technology, and differentiated instruction designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners. A curriculum aligned at each grade and across the grade levels provides structure for a sequential plan of study for students. Dedicated and talented teaching staff provides a student-focused learning environment. Several special programs work together to help meet the varied needs of students. The Title I Reading and math programs provide instructional support for students.
The SAGE program provides weekly pullout instruction for gifted students. A Special Education program and half time counselor provide additional support for students in need. Issaquah Valley Elementary has also partnered with Friends of Youth to provide a half time social worker. Our amazing partner is able to provide students and families therapy for students who are at risk or who need a little extra support. Issaquah Valley Elementary is happy to have a close relationship with the Issaquah Schools Foundation. ISFâ€™s generous funding of IVE programs allows us to provide greater support for students and families. ISF funded a Ballroom Dancing program for our 5th graders. In addition to learning a few steps students learn respect and the life-long skill of being polite.
Special Programs Students at Issaquah Valley Elementary School have the option to participate in a wide range of special instructional programs housed in other schools in the Issaquah School District. These include the Science-Tech class for 4th and 5th grades, Lego Club, Spanish/English class, Homework Club, and MERLIN the full day gifted program for grades 3-5.
Improving Student Achievement Our school improvement goal for 2011-2015 is to meet the high standards of No Child Left Behind by having 3rd-5th grades meet increasing goalsin reading. Staff worked together to gather and analyze student data and expand instructional strategies to promote active engagement and increased learning. In 2014 our 5th graders maintained their growth in reading at 84%. We were excited to see the incredible growth achieved by our English Language Learning students who increased their scores in reading by 15% at 3rd grade and 12% in 4th grade. Low income students continued to have great increases especially in 3rd grade math where the increase was up 19%; in 4th grade math, up 10%/ As teachers embraced a new writing curriculum and training, we were very excited to celebrate a 24% increase in writing for our Hispanic students.
Before/After School The Issaquah School District provides a tuition-based before and after school child care program here at Issaquah Valley called the Cougar Club. In addition to this school age care program, a wide range of activities and after school classes is available to Issaquah Valley students through the school PTA, private instruction, and community groups including Issaquah Parks and Rec Department, and Eastside Enrichment. These activities include drama, art, language, dance, and sports. Many of these classes are offered at school while others are offered at nearby locations. Classes may vary from year to year.
Just So You Know... Issaquah Valley has a new art mural on the back fence created in partnership with the PTAâ€”shows salmon swimming along! Each student in grades ECE-5th created a fish for the mural. Staff and last yearâ€™s 5th graders were invited to participate as well. This was the first year that Early Childhood students joined our campus. They are housed in two portables and a great play area. It is a great new addition. IVE is working hard on making our school Safe, Respectful and Responsible and learning more about Positive Behavior Interventions and Social/ Emotional learning in order to have a more cohesive environment. We are on our way!
Grade Level Total ELA
Two tests given to elementary school students—The Smarter Balanced Assessment and the Measurement of Student Progress (MSP)—help indicate how well Issaquah students are learning.
Smarter Balanced Assessment The Smarter Balanced Assessment is a system of valid, reliable, and fair next-generation assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) and mathematics for grades 3-8 and 11. The system—which includes both summative assessments for accountability purposes and optional interim assessments for instructional use—will use computer adaptive testing technologies to provide meaningful feedback and actionable data that teachers and other educators can use to help students succeed. Smarter Balanced assessments will go beyond multiple-choice questions to include extended response and technology enhanced items, as well as performance tasks that allow students to demonstrate critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. Performance tasks challenge students to apply their knowledge and skills to respond to complex real-world problems. They can best be described as collections of questions and activities that are coherently connected to a single theme or scenario. These activities are meant to measure capacities such as depth
of understanding, writing and research skills, and complex analysis, which cannot be adequately assessed with traditional assessment questions. The performance tasks will be taken on a computer (but will not be computer adaptive) and will take one to two class periods to complete. Smarter Balanced capitalizes on the precision and efficiency of computer adaptive testing (CAT). This approach represents a significant improvement over traditional paper-andpencil assessments used in many states today, providing more accurate scores for all students across the full range of the achievement continuum.
Grade Level Total Math 79.6
MSP The MSP is an exam developed by and mandated by the state; it replaced the state’s original annual exam, the WASL, in spring 2010. Washington’s education reform efforts began in 1993 and involve annual state-specific tests for students in grades 3-8 in reading, writing, math, and science (MSP) and then again in grade 10 (High School Proficiency Exams in reading and writing and End of Course assessments in math and biology). MSP goes beyond multiple choice tests. The tests are much shorter than the WASL and include multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Four-point essay questions have been eliminated on science tests. This change allows students to show they are able to solve the problems, while not being scored on their writing ability on the science tests. Besides being a state test rather than a national assessment, MSP results are reported differently. Each student either “Meets Standard,” “Exceeds Standard,” or “Does Not Meet Standard” in each subject—reading, math, writing, science— and subjects tested vary among grade levels. MSP scores do not compare students to other students; instead they show the learning level of each student as compared to the state’s expectations for a well-taught student at that grade level. MSP results help parents know how well
each student is meeting learning targets, and the results help schools plan instruction and curriculum focused on these learning targets. Numbers represent percentage meeting or exceeding standard.
Grade 5 MSP-Science 86.0
Published on Oct 31, 2015