April 9, 2019
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2017-18 educational progress for Carman-Ainsworth High School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Charles LaClear for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site http://bit.ly/2IpiWpF, or you may review a copy in the main office of Carman-Ainsworth High School.
For the 2017-18 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has three or more underperforming student subgroups. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given. We are proud to report that Carman-Ainsworth High School has not been given a label.
Carman-Ainsworth High School has always taken academics very seriously. Over the past decade, like many schools throughout the state, we have experienced hardships due to decreasing enrollment brought on by difficult economic conditions in Genesee County and around the state. After looking at state performance data, it is clear that Carman-Ainsworth High is on the rebound. Over, the last three years we have experienced increases in the percentage of students who are proficient in all subject areas. Even though in 2017-2018 we were 7% behind the state average, our growth over the past three years has exceeded the state’s growth average. Areas of concern and focus for Carman-Ainsworth High School deal specifically with English Language Arts and Math. As a point of pride, we have been closing the gap between Carman Ainsworth High School and the state in English Language Arts proficiency over the past three years. Where the state has been consistently around 46% we have gone from 36% in 2015-2016 to 43% in 2017-2018. However, our female students are the only subgroup that is achieving below the state average at 7%, more than double the schools deficiency. In 2018-2019 ELA 9 teachers began using project-based ELA to increase interest and to motivate all of our students in an attempt to reach all ELA learners. Math continues to be an area where we struggle, we remain 16% behind the state average in proficiency. We have multiple subgroups that lag, with female students making up an alarming 19% and students of two or more races 14% behind the state average. We have been making steady increases in math by focusing on Algebra I support structures, making sure that struggling students received support as early as possible.
Carman-Ainsworth High School is the only traditional high school within the Carman Ainsworth Community Schools. Students within our district boundaries do not need to apply or be selected to attend Carman-Ainsworth High School. We do participate in the district’s School of Choice program and all policies of the State School Aid Act are followed.
AdvancED remains the continuous school improvement system of Carman Ainsworth Community Schools. AdvancED provides a comprehensive and independent review of our high school every five years. It reveals strengths and weaknesses using measureable data, gives us independent analysis of classroom instruction, evaluates learning environments, and ensures that we as an institution are constantly focusing on school improvement and increasing student achievement. We are currently preparing for our five (5) year review in April, 2019. We look forward to their findings, suggestions, and feedback.
Our core curriculum can be accessed at https://www.michigan.gov/mde/0,4615,7-140-28753_64839_65510---,00.html. This state website contains the content standards of all core curriculum. We offer many electives at Carman-Ainsworth High School, teachers follow the curriculum of the state and/or national organization that oversees their disciplines. Curricula for courses not listed can be received by contacting Charles LaClear at Carman-Ainsworth High School.
Nationally normed exams like the SAT can yield valuable information to guide instruction. Our results can be found in the AER, we will continue to mine those results. We also administer the NWEA (Math and Reading) exams to all freshmen, sophomores and juniors in the fall and spring. These nationally normed exams are unique in that not only compare our progress to students around the country, but they set a growth goal for students. During the 2016-2017 school year 51.3% of our students met or exceeded their growth goal. In 2017-18, 58.6% of our students met their growth goal. This suggests that our school improvement interventions are positively impacting student achievement.
Parent involvement and input is something that we value and continually look to increase. Students benefit when parents/guardians are actively involved in the educational process. Carman-Ainsworth provides parents and students with 24 hour access to grades, notes, and comments regarding student achievement, attendance, and performance via ParentVue and StudentVue. Many parents and students find this extremely helpful to check on student progress and use it as opportunity to reach out to teachers. We offer two formal Parent-Teacher Conferences per year, one per semester. The last four conferences we have averaged an attendance rate of 29%. This obviously does not take into account the numerous communications prompted by ParentVue, but we are constantly looking for ways to increase face- to-face conversations between parents and teachers.
Dual enrollment (DE) opportunities abound at Carman-Ainsworth High School. Over the past two years, 147 (6%) students enrolled in postsecondary courses. In total 1359 college credits were earned by Carman-Ainsworth High School students between 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.
Another 273 (10%) students took advantage of the six (6) college equivalent courses taught by our own highly qualified teachers. We proudly offer Advanced Placement courses in Language, Calculus, United States History, World History, Psychology, and we alternate Biology and Chemistry every other year. During spring 2017 and spring 2018 testing 55 students earned a score of “3” or higher, the threshold that many colleges award credit, on 86 Advanced Placement tests.
The faculty and staff of Carman-Ainsworth High School are very proud of the progress we have made. Our students are bright, resilient, and are prepared for challenges after high school. We remain committed to constant improvement. We regularly assess our policies and procedures to ensure that they are best serving our students, and we are continuously searching for best practices to reach our students.
Charles LaClear, Principal