In January of 2002 President Bush signed a new education law called No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The long-range goal of NCLB is that every child will be proficient in reading and mathematics according to each state’s academic standards.
Each October students in grades 3-8 are tested by the state in the areas of reading and math. Students in grades 5 and 8 are tested in writing.
Reading and math scores are used to determine on an annual basis if schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For four consecutive years (2006-2009), Haverhill Cooperative Middle School did not make AYP in mathematics, which is why it has been identified as a School in Need of Improvement.
The school did not meet the state's targets in both math and reading for the 2011 round of assessments. As a result, the state determined that HCMS did make AYP for 2012. Schools must meet these targets on two consecutive rounds of assessments before being removed from the state's list of Schools in Need of Improvement.
Click here to view charts that show how the school's proficiency rates in reading, math, and writing have increased since the testing program began in 2005.
The school has been required to submit a restructuring plan to the state. A copy of this plan is attached below.
The school is also required to provide Supplemental Education Services (SES) to students who are eligible. These services include one-to-one in-home tutoring. Click here to find out more information about this program.
A continuous improvement team has been assembled in order to monitor the school’s progress on the plan and to ensure that necessary resources to sustain the plan are in place. Parents and community members are invited to provide input in the school improvement process. Those who are interested in providing input are welcome to contact Mr. Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the school.