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Written Notification of School Accountability Report


Dear Parent/Guardian,

North Dakota has launched a dashboard called “Insights,” designed to help communities across the state access important information about K-12 districts and schools. Insights features easy-to-read reports on multiple measures of school success, including:

· Student Achievement

· Choice Ready Results

· Performance Comparisons

· English Learner Progress

· Graduation Rates

· School and State Accountability Results

· School Improvement Information

· Post-Secondary Education

· School Environment

Transparency to the Public

North Dakota is committed to informing communities about how well our schools are doing. North Dakota’s future success depends on tapping into the potential of all students, so they graduate choice ready with the knowledge, skills, and disposition to be successful.

State education departments are required to annually create an accountability report for every public school in the state per the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The school accountability reports outline how schools perform on the accountability elements North Dakota selected within its ESSA plan.

How is our School Doing?

To find more information about our School Accountability Report, visit the dashboard at Insights.nd.gov, select “Find My School,” and search alphabetically. The school accountability report is posted under the Dashboard heading.

Please note that the data made available to the public masks or hides data for groups with ten or fewer students to protect confidential information about individual students. Therefore, if data is unavailable to less than ten students, it will say “no data available.”

Family Engagement

We have strong plans for working to improve the educational programs at our school. We want you and your child(ren) to continue actively participating in our educational system. Please help support our high expectations for student achievement by participating in the school educational initiatives, offering input and support in our endeavors to raise student achievement, or volunteering at the school. Meeting our school’s goals will take a united effort, and I look forward to working with our families to ensure success for each student.

Continuous Improvement

All schools engage in continuous improvement for general support; therefore, our school has completed a continuous improvement plan through Cognia.

As part of the overall school improvement plan, a strategy map is generated for each school. Our strategy map, outlining our key school improvement initiatives, is also available on Insights.

Madison Elementary is participating Title I school, with a student membership count of .

If you have any questions regarding the information in the memorandum, please contact (Lori Conmy, Principal, 701-446-5100, conmyl@fargo.k12.nd.us)

Sincerely,

Building Principal

Madison Elementary School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

District-School Parent and Family Engagement Policy

Madison Elementary School

2022-2023


In support of strengthening student academic achievement, Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary school receive Title I, Part A funds and must jointly develop with, agree on with, and distribute to parents and family members of participating children a written parent and family engagement policy that contains information required by Sections 1116(a)(2), (b), and (c) of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The policy establishes the district-school’s expectations and objectives for meaningful parent and family engagement and describes how the district will implement a number of specific parent and family engagement activities.

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary school agree to implement the following requirements as outlined by Section 1116:

· The district-school will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the engagement of parents and family members in all of its school with Title I, Part A programs. These programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents and family members of participating children.

· The district-school will work to ensure that the required parent and family engagement policy meets the Title I, Part A requirements, and includes as a component, a school-parent compact.

· The district-school will incorporate this district-school parent and family engagement policy into its district plan.

· The district-school will involve parents, in an organized, ongoing, and timely way, in the planning, review, and improvement of programs under Title I, Part A, including the planning, review, and improvement of the school parent and family engagement policy and the joint development of the targeted assistance or schoolwide program plan.

· The district-school will update the school parent and family engagement policy periodically to meet the changing needs of parents and the school, distribute it to the parents of participating children, and make the parent and family engagement policy available to the local community.

· In carrying out the Title I, Part A parent and family engagement requirements to the extent practicable, the school district and its schools will provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with limited English proficiency, limited literacy, disabilities, of migratory children, who are economically disadvantaged, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background, including providing information and school reports required under Section 1111 of the ESSA in an understandable and uniform format including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language parents understand.

· If the district-school plan for Title I, Part A is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, the school district will submit any parent comments with the plan when the school district submits the plan to Department of Public Instruction.

· The district-school will be governed by the following definition of parental involvement and expects that its Title I, Part A schools will carry out programs, activities, and procedures in accordance with this definition:

Parental involvement means the participation of parents in regular, two-way, and meaningful communication involving student academic learning and other school activities, including ensuring:

o Parents play an integral role in assisting their child’s learning,

o Parents are encouraged to be actively involved in their child’s education at school,

o Parents are full partners in their child’s education and are included, as appropriate, in decision-making and on advisory committees to assist in the education of their child, and

o Other activities are carried out, such as those described in Section 1116 of ESSA.

Required District-School Parent and Family Engagement Policy Components

The district-school parent and family engagement policy includes a description of how the school will implement or accomplish each of the following components:

· Jointly Developed Policy and Plans

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary will take the following actions to involve parents and family members in jointly developing its district-school plan, and in the development and review of support and improvement plans:

o Invite one parent/Title I school in the district to take part in the development of the district/Madison Elementary parental engagement plan.

o Incorporate suggestions from parent surveys in the parental engagement plan to design strategies for more effective parental engagement.

· Annual Title I Meeting

Madison Elementary School will take the following actions to conduct an annual meeting, at a convenient time, and encourage and invite all parents of participating children to attend to inform them about the school’s Title I program, the nature of the Title I program, the parents’ requirements, the school parent and family engagement policy, the schoolwide plan, and the school-parent compact.

o Madison Elementary School will conduct a meeting annually about the school’s Title I program.

· Technical Assistance

Jan Anderson will provide the following coordination, technical assistance, and other support necessary to assist and build capacity of all Title I, Part A schools in planning and implementing effective parent and family involvement activities to improve student academic achievement and school performance, which may include meaningful consultation with employers, business leaders, and philanthropic organizations, or individuals with expertise in effectively engaging parents and family members in education:

o Fargo Public Schools will put into operation programs, activities, and procedures for the engagement of parents in all of its schools with Title I programs. These programs, activities, and procedures will be planned and operated with meaningful consultation with parents of participating children.

· Annual Evaluation

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary Schoool will take the following actions to conduct, with the meaningful involvement of parents and family members, an annual evaluation of the content and effectiveness of this parent and family engagement policy in improving the academic quality of its Title I, Part A schools. The evaluation will include identifying barriers to greater participation by parents in activities (with particular attention to parents who are economically disadvantaged, are disabled, have limited English proficiency, have limited literacy, or are of any racial or ethnic minority background). The evaluation will also include identifying the needs of parents and family members to assist with the learning of their children, including engaging with school personnel and teachers and strategies to support successful school and family interactions. The school district will use the findings of the evaluation about its parent and family engagement policy to design evidence-based strategies for more effective parental involvement and, if necessary, to revise its parent and family engagement policies.

o Inform and invite parents to school review and school improvement meetings.

o Hold meetings at times when parents can attend.

· Reservation of Funds (only applicable to districts with Title I allocations of $500,000 or more)

If applicable, Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary School will involve the parents and family members of children served in Title I, Part A schools in decisions about how the 1 percent of Title I, Part A funds reserved for parent and family engagement is spent and will ensure that not less than 90 percent of the 1 percent reserved goes directly to Title I schools.

o Madison Elementary School will provide opportunities for parents to brainstorm new ideas for parent engagement activities.

· Coordination of Services

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary School will, to the extent feasible and appropriate, coordinate and integrate parent and family engagement programs and activities with other relevant Federal, State, and local laws and programs such as Head Start, Even Start, and other programs that encourage and support parents in more fully participating in the education of their children. In addition, the district-school will educate its teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals, and other staff in the value of parent contributions and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners; implement and coordinate parent programs; and build ties between parents and schools. The coordination of services and the building of staff capacity will be done by:

o Holding Title I parent information meetings.

o Holding Title I training sessions.

o Developing parent resources.

o Sending home “tip sheets” for parents with strategies to use and suggestions for success in school.

· Building Capacity of Parents

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary School will build the schools’ and parents’ capacity for strong parent and family engagement by providing materials and training on such topics as literacy training and using technology to help parents work with their children to improve their children’s academic achievement. Assistance will also be provided to parents in understanding the following topics:

o The challenging state academic standards.

o The state and local academic assessments including alternate assessments.

o The requirements of Title I, Part A.

o How to monitor their child’s progress.

o How to work with educators to improve the achievement of their child.

Madison Elementary School will collaborate with parents to integrate parental engagement activities into the school.

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary School will provide, if requested, opportunities for regular parent and family meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children, and respond to any such request as soon as practically possible, by:

· Inviting all parents to information meetings.

· Building Capacity of District-School Staff

Fargo Public Schools and Madison Elementary School will, with the assistance of its schools and parents, educate its teachers, specialized instructional support personnel, principals and other school leaders, and other staff in the value and utility of contributions of parents, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and schools by:

o Holding Title I parent information meetings

o Holding Title I training sessions

o Informing parents of available training sessions in the community

o Sending home “tip sheets” for parents with strategies to use and suggestions for success in school

Fargo Public Schools and Madiso Elementary School will provide other reasonable support for parent and family engagement activities under Section 1116 as parents may request by:

o Scheduling individual meetings

o Requesting resources by phone or email

· School-Parent Compact

Madison Elementary School will take the following actions to jointly develop with parents of participating children a school-parent compact that outlines how parents, the entire school staff, and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership to help children achieve the state’s high standards.

o Madison Elementary School will develop a school-parent compact by inviting parents to collaborate at meetings and training sessions.

· Communications

Madison Elementary School will provide parents of participating children the following:

o Timely information about the Title I programs,

o Flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with Title I funds, transportation, child care or home visits, as such services relate to parent and family engagement, and

o Information related to the school and parent programs, meetings, and other activities, is sent to the parents of participating children in an understandable and uniform format, including alternative formats upon request and, to the extent practicable, in a language the parents can understand.

These items will be provided by:

o Annually distributing the parent and family engagement policy to parents through the Title I Handbook.

Building Capacity for Involvement

The District-School Parent and Family Engagement Policy may include additional paragraphs listing and describing other discretionary activities that the district-school, in meaningful consultation with its parents, choose to undertake to build parents’ capacity for involvement in the school to support their children’s academic achievement, such as the following discretionary activities listed under Section 1116(e) of ESSA. Indicate which of the following discretionary (optional) parent and family engagement policy components the district-school will implement improve family-school partnerships:

· Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals, and other educators to improve the effectiveness of that training.

· Provide necessary literacy training for parents from Title I, Part A funds if the school has exhausted all other reasonably available sources of funding for that training.

· Pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local parent and family engagement activities, including transportation and child care costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.

· Train parents to enhance the engagement of other parents.

· Maximize parent and family engagement and the participation in their child’s education, arrange school meetings at a variety of times or conduct in-home conferences with teachers or other educators who work directly with participating children and parents who are unable to attend conferences at school.

· Adopt and implement model approaches to improving parent and family engagement

· Establish a districtwide parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent and family engagement in Title I, Part A programs.

· Develop appropriate roles for community-based organizations and businesses, including faith-based organizations, in parent and family engagement activities.

These activities will be implemented throughout the school year to enhance the engagement of parents. To maximize participation, actives will occur on a variety of days and at a variety of times.

Adoption

This district-school parent and family engagement policy has been developed jointly and agreed on with parents and family members of children participating in Title I, Part A programs at the Madison Elementary School Annual Title I Meeting on September 23, 2022.

MADISON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL-PARENT COMPACT

This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2022-2023 school year.

Madison Elementary and the parents of the students participating in activities, services, and programs funded by Title I agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.

School/Teacher Responsibilities:

Madison Elementary School will

  1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the State’s student academic achievement standards. The school will:

· Teach to the North Dakota State Standards

· Use evidence-based instruction strategies

· Use evidence-based curriculum

· Create a positive school culture

  1. Address the importance of communication between teachers and parents on an ongoing basis. At a minimum, the school will–
    • Hold parent-teacher conferences (at least annually in elementary schools) during which this compact will be discussed as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, these conferences will be held:

In conjunction with the annual Fargo Public Schools calendar, conferences will be held twice annually in October and again in February.

    • Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:

Standards-based progress reports will be provided three times per school year in November, February, and June.

    • Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:

Staff members are available by phone, Seesaw, email, and in-person meetings.

    • Ensure regular two-way, meaningful communication between family members and staff, in a language that family members can understand:

Volunteer opportunities will be shared with parents throughout the year. Parents interested in volunteering or observing should contact the office of Madison Elementary School at 701-466—5100/ conmyl@fargo.k12.nd.us

Parent Responsibilities:

We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways –

· Monitoring attendance.

· Making sure that homework is completed.

· Volunteering in my child’s classroom.

· Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my children’s education.

· Promoting positive use of my child’s extracurricular time.

· Staying informed about my child’s education and communicating with the school by promptly reading all notices from the school/district either received by my child or by mail and responding, as appropriate.

· Serving, to the extent possible, on policy advisory groups, such as being the Title I parent representative on the school’s School Improvement Team, the Title I Policy Advisory Committee, the District wide Policy Advisory Council, the State’s Committee of Practitioners, the School Support Team or other school advisory or policy groups.

Parents’ Right To Know

Our school receives federal funds for Title I programs that are part of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Under ESSA, parents have the right to request information on the professional qualifications of the teachers and paraprofessionals at our school. If you are interested in learning this information, please contact the school administration office at (701) 446-5110. Upon this request, you will receive professional qualifications of teachers and paraprofessionals at the school. The information will include state level qualifications, licensing criteria for grade levels and subject areas, teaching under an emergency or other provisional status, and teaching in the field of discipline of the certification of the teacher. In addition, if at any time during the school year a teacher who is not highly qualified teaches your child for four or more consecutive weeks, you will receive timely notice from the school.

Dispute Resolution Policy

Federal and state regulations require districts to adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes. A complaint may include an investigation by district staff that will result in a determination of findings of facts, conclusions, and reasons for the final decision.

Any individual who believes the Fargo School District has violated the regulations or law governing the federal Title program should submit a detailed, written statement of facts supporting the allegation to:

(Manager of Specific Title program)

Fargo Public Schools

700 7th Street South

Fargo, ND 58103

Fargo Public Schools Title Managers

Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Anderson anderja@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Grosz groszr@fargo.k12.nd.us

Missy Eidsness eidsnem@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Tamara Uselman uselmat@fargo.k12.nd.us

Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkman burkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us

Any complaint must include:

• The date;

• The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;

• The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;

• A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and

• The signature of the person making the complaint.

When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.

Reconsideration

The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, the North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services, and the U.S. Department of Education.

State Superintendent The Secretary of Education

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction U.S. Department of Education

600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201 555 New Jersey Avenue NW

Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 Washington, D.C. 20208

North Dakota Division of Juvenile Services

100 Railroad Avenue

Bismarck, ND 58501