Avon Intermediate School East
- Number of Students: 669
- Percent Eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch: 25.5%
- Percent of Limited English Proficient: 4%
- Percent of Special Education: 14.9%
- White: 73.4%
- Black: 8.5%
- Hispanic: 9.3%
- Asian: 3.7%
- Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0%
- American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.3%
- Multiracial: 4.8%
- Other: 0%
PLC's started out with the building principal doing some reading through PLC articles and reading one of the PLC books. He attended a 3-day institute and immediately began introducing his staff to the structure. Four teachers attended the same institute and came back ready to lead the rest of the staff. Two more teachers attended the following summer. By this point teachers were beginning to create common assessments, refine instructional mapping, and look of formative data but not in an open manner. SMART goals had been set, and common assessment data has been shared publicly and improvement celebrated.
Under the advisement of the six teachers who attended one of the institutes, it was decided to use the recordings of the PLC process to better inform all faculty members as well as the Learning by Doing book. Since 2009, AIS East has met AYP and has been named an Indiana Four-Star School every year.
1. Monitoring student learning on a timely basis.
Reading progress is monitored by oral reading fluency as well weekly reading skills assessments. For students not able to attain the fluency benchmark are given additional discrete screened to identify the specific breakdown, specifically phonics. A locally developed multiplication facts screener was developed with sub screeners to identify weak fact families starting with multiples of 2, 5, and 10 and ending with the multiples of 12, 15, and 25.
Other subjects, including mathematics, are monitored based on formative quizzes about once weekly.
2. Creating systems of intervention to provide students with additional time and support for learning.
There is a daily intervention and enrichment period in language arts. There is one in mathematics every other day. The lunch study room is manned by teachers to support students and hold them accountable for any work not completed or are not done at the level set. A third opportunity is available during recess for those who need extra help.
3. Building teacher capacity to work as members of high performing collaborative teams that focus efforts on improved learning for all students.
PLC's by subject meet for 45 minutes 3 to 4 times per week before school. These meetings have a set agenda with generalized outline of what needs to be completed before the PLC meeting, tasks to be completed during the meeting, and what needs to be done for the next time. Norms were developed with a roatation at each meeting of timekeeper and note taker.
A goal during the third quarter will be to add biweekly meetings for an hour during the school day with half the staff either providing enrichment opportunities or extra support. Instructional assistants and parent volunteers will have a role in making this successful. If it is, then the intent will be to expand it to two quarters the following year.
Additional Achievement Data
The percentage of students passing both English/Language Arts and Mathematics has improved by 10.9% from 2009 to 2013. The percentage passing ISTEP Science has increased by 19.9%, and Social Studies increased by 16.9%.
The Northwest Evaluation Assessment Achievement Test indicated that the percentage of students making anticipated growth in Reading improved by an average of 13%, Math by 18%, and Language by 11.7%. Most importantly the range of teachers achieving growth has been closed by as much as 35%.
Since the implementation of PLC's, AIS East has received a grade of "A" since Indiana went to a grade letter system of reporting Annual Yearly Progress. AIS East has also received a Four-Star School Award for it's high level of achievement since 2007-08.