The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) holds all students to high academic standards that prepare them for success in college and careers. It also ensures accountability and guarantees that when students fall behind, steps are taken to help them and their schools improve. Every school and every district must improve each year until all students meet these standards. This yearly improvement in school performance, which includes the academic standards and other components, is called Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).
ESSA also requires the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to annually review the performance of each local district. A district receiving Title I, Part A, funds is identified as a district in improvement if it does not meet AYP goals for two consecutive years within specific areas, focused primarily on academic achievement in English-language arts and mathematics. The North Thurston Public Schools has been identified as a district in step 2 of improvement. The district did not meet AYP for three or more consecutive years in ELA and math in the district’s elementary, middle and high schools. You can find specific AYP data used to make this decision by visiting the OSPI’s website
. (click on “State Report Card” and find the North Thurston Public Schools by using the drop-down menu). If you do not have access to the internet, please contact our Instructional Services Department at (360) 412-4462 and a hard copy of the report will be provided.
As a Title I, Part A district in improvement, we are required to institute the following:
- Write an addendum to our District Improvement Plan. We must consult with parents and school staff when writing the District Improvement Plan Addendum, which will include information on how we plan to use Title I and other funds to improve student achievement.
- Reserve at least ten percent of our annual Title I allocation to provide professional development for teachers and administrators.
How can parents help their school and district improve?
Here are some suggestions to help you work with your school and district to support improvements:
- Learn more about the ESSA requirements and become aware of strategies to improve student academic achievement. Additional information and resources are available at the following websites:
- Talk with district staff about the District Improvement Plan and the program changes that must be made to help students meet the state standards in ELA and mathematics.
- Visit your child’s school. You also may participate in voluntary activities to assist your school.
If you have questions please contact Assistant Superintendent Vicky Lamoreaux at (360) 412-4462 for further information about any of these requirements and to find out how you can become involved in district and school improvement efforts.