Alton Elementary

  1. PLC Story
  2. PLC Practices
  3. Achievement Data
  4. Awards
  5. Resources

The process was a slow one, one which we did not name. We began by shifting the focus of our grade level meetings from operational items, to data and student demographics in the 2012 - 2013 school year. Initially, the dialogue at these meetings was driven by the administrative team. When we met as a Campus Instructional Leadership Team (CILT), we had grade level representation to provide feedback on the design and instruction within their grade levels. This committee was the behind the scenes driving force. As the year progressed, it was evident leaders were being built in the classrooms. We evolved and approached our 2013 -2014 school year a little differently. Our grade level meetings now encompassed a 90-minute planning block each Wednesday where vertical dialogue could occur. Teachers gathered to plan their lessons, activities, and assessments together. We began to unpack our standards and dissect each verb of the student objective to have a better understanding of the delivery of instruction. Throughout the 2014-2015 school year, we raised the bar yet again with the introduction of instructional round and peer observations. At first, many of our teachers were hesitant and resistant, feeling the observations were evaluative and intimidated by the process. By the start of the 2015 - 2016 school year, we had teachers asking to visit one another to learn and grow. It has been amazing to see the excitement our teachers have displayed from their observations.  In 2016 - 2017, we continued enhancing our PLC culture and our data provides evidence of our success. As a campus, we received 6 out of 6 possible distinctions (awards) through our state's accountability system. Throughout the 2017-2018 school year, we focused on further refining our PLC culture by providing more opportunities for observation for all of our staff. As well, we have continued to extend our community of professionals by opening our doors to neighboring campuses, in and outside of our district.

1. Monitoring student learning on a timely basis.

We have utilized a meeting time we call our huddle to analyze data. These meetings occur every two weeks in our huddle room. Weekly assessments and district CBAs are studied. We analyze how well we did in student objectives and compare those results to how we did on the previous year's results on our state assessment. We analyze each item to identify areas which need attention. We then begin to have our students placed on our interactive board to monitor student progress in accountable indexes.  Our weekly assessments are designed by our grade level teams with a review of the exams being completed by academic coaches and the administrative team. These assessments are designed to assess the objectives taught throughout the week. In addition, our six weeks exams are developed at the district leveled and intended to assess the objectives taught during the six weeks period. 

2. Creating systems of intervention to provide students with additional time and support for learning.

Our systems of intervention for additional time and support has been an ongoing process of change and intentionality. We have channeled our administrative staff as well as our resource/auxiliary staff into the classrooms to assist with interventions for students needing additional time and support. We also introduced a "week b" schedule where students needed additional time for interventions would have a completely different PE and lunch schedule. During this week, our counselor would work with students by grade level providing them with the instruction and interventions where they needed support. For the past two years, we have implemented a schedule we learned about at the PLC conference in San Antonio. We are implementing a WIN (what I need) schedule for students.  Our WIN time will occur 3 times per week and our instructional leaders (strategists, librarian, lead teachers) will be utilized to provide the additional support our students may need. Unlike previous years, where our time was a rotation through PE and conducted by our counselor on a preview of upcoming objectives along with a review of objectives not mastered the prior week; we now have the scheduled WIN time embedded throughout the school day. We scaffold the instruction down to the student level and deliver any prerequisite skills students may have missed. It is our goal to have these WINNERS receive all the skills they need to master on grade level objectives. 

3. Building teacher capacity to work as members of high performing collaborative teams that focus efforts on improved learning for all students.

Our collaborative teams have evolved within grade levels and within our Campus Instructional Leadership Team (CILT). As a campus, we have read Teach Like a Champion and Teach Like a Champion 2.0. Our meeting agendas have moved from operational and procedural items to being inclusive of instruction, data, and teaching techniques acquired through our book study. We have embraced providing feedback to one another. And as stated earlier, our teams have demonstrated a desire for growth by learning from one another. Our teams meet within the school day, before school, and after school. We have a calendar of scheduled meeting times to calibrate our focus on improvement of student learning. In order to continue building on our collaboration, we have introduced recording one another to showcase the Teach Like a Champion techniques in our classrooms and hallway. Our professional development meetings focus on the techniques and table talk is included where each of our teachers gets to inquire and learn how to implement what they learned.

Our collaborative teams are structured by grade level. Each grade level has a campus instructional leader (a teacher who serves on CILT) on their team. In addition, each team has one teacher take the lead with each content taught within the grade level. All grade levels have an academic coach assigned to assist with planning with classroom instruction, classroom culture, and the Leader in Me process. The principal, assistant principal, strategist, counselor, and librarian serve in this capacity. 

Music and P.E. teachers are grouped together for planning time. Our counselor is tasked with conveying instructional items to them so that they may incorporate into their classes. For example, our coach has students do their exercises by skip counting (2s, 5s, etc.) Our instructional strategist also works closely with our instructional assistants on areas they can assist in the classroom when working with the teacher in a co-teacher model or with a small group pull-out session.

Finally, we provide 45 minutes daily to our teachers for planning. We also provide 90 minutes each Friday where grade levels are led in data and instructional discussions. The meetings are also designed to allow for some vertical dialogue. Teachers guide each other on how to best scaffold instruction. We also have a planning/staff development days embedded into our calendar where we take time to discuss the curriculum map and adjust accordingly. 

Achievement Data Files

Additional Achievement Data

As we began the process of improvement, we have seen our campus' data show improvement throughout the scope of our accountability system. As with any paradigm shift in instructional delivery, our campus found obstacles. We continued to focus on our vision of student success and are pleased to highlight some of our success in the data. Our fifth-grade reading program went from a 54% pass rate for 2 consecutive years to a 76% pass rate on the students' first attempt on the state exam. In science, our scores increased from 42% to 57% to 74% to 83% and 82% these past two years. Our 3rd grade English Language Learning population has also shown exponential growth. Their pass rates have increased from 53% to 63% to 72% and reached 88% just this past year. Within our district, our campus ranked 13th out of 14 when we began our process. And in 3 short years, we moved to 6th and into 3rd this 2017-2018 school year. In areas where we are accountable to the state, our data indicates we are now consistently scoring above our district, region, and state average. Throughout the 2016 - 2017 school year, we continued to show growth. Our 5th-grade math scores continued to increase to 89%, as well as, science scores increasing to 82%. When analyzing comparable data in each of our indexes as measured by the state we continue to demonstrate progress. In the 2017-2018 school year, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) introduced a new accountability system where campuses now receive an overall number grade ranging from 0 to 100, which corresponds to a letter grade (A-F). With this new accountability system the TEA will be assigning campus a letter grade by January of 2019. Preliminary reports released by TEA for the 2017-2018 school year indicate that our campus received a number score of 93.

Additional data can be found in the attached documents in the Resources section.

Percentage of Students Passing: Campus/District/STAAR (State)

3rd Grade

Math

Reading

2014 – 2015

77% / 70% / 77%

77% / 73% / 77%

2015 – 2016

78% / 70% / 75%

75% / 70% / 73%

2016 – 2017

86% / 76% / 78%

79% / 71% / 73%

2017 – 2018

80% / 77% / 77%

85% / 80% / 76%

 

Percentage of Students Passing: Campus/District/STAAR (State)

4th Grade

Math

Reading

Writing

2014 – 2014

68% / 67% / 73%

62% / 68% / 74%

70% / 67% / 70%

2015 – 2016

75% / 71% / 73%

74% / 72% / 75%

64% / 68% / 69%

2016 – 2017

82% / 76% / 76%

75% / 70% / 70%

67% / 64% / 65%

2017 – 2018

84% / 82% / 78%

80% / 74% / 72%

76% / 69% / 61%

 

Percentage of Students Passing: Campus/District/STAAR (State)

5th Grade

Math

Reading

Science

2014 – 2014

79% / 78% / 79%

87% / 86% / 87%

74% / 67% / 72%

2015 – 2016

90% / 85% / 86%

86% / 78% / 81%

83% / 75% / 74%

2016 – 2017

87% / 86% / 87%

84% / 81% / 82%

82% / 78% / 74%

2017 – 2018

89% / 89% / 84%

87% / 81% / 78%

82% / 82% / 75%

2014-2015 Distinction: Reading

2015-2016 Distinctions (6 of 6): Reading, Mathematics, Science, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, Postsecondary Readiness

2016-2017 Distinctions (6 of 6): Reading, Mathematics, Science, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, Postsecondary Readiness

2017-2018 Distinctions (5 of 6): Reading, Mathematics, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, Postsecondary Readiness

2017-2018 Texas Education Agency Accountability Rating Overall Score: 93 (A)

Recipients of an International Grant for The Leader in Me

Silver Medal Recipients in Healthy Alliance Schools Across America: 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017, 2017-2018

Bluebonnet Reading Champions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2016, 2016 - 2017

District Spelling Bee Champion/Regional Representative: 2014 - 2015

District Elementary Robotics (Inventions) Champions: 2017-2018

Featured in our local newspaper and Progress Times: 2 years in a row

Introduced Duke Scholar representatives as a district initiative

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