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Title I - "Needs Improvement" Parent Notification Letter

By Novicki, Patty

December 03, 2015

Dear Parent/Guardian/Patron:

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that according to 2014-2015 state student assessment (NeSA) results, Plainview Elementary School has been identified as a Title I school “in need of improvement” (year 1 status) under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law.  Plainview Elementary School did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the 2014-2015 school year.  Although many of the Plainview Elementary school subgroup scores improved over last year, the subgroup of free and reduced price meals did not meet the target AYP in Math and Reading, thus triggering the designation.  Plainview Elementary School will remain in “Needs Improvement” status until ALL sub groups are able to meet AYP for two years in a row.  I urge you keep in mind that as of 2014, the AYP goal is 100% proficient in all subgroups for all grades in Reading and Math.  Additional information about how our school compared to other schools in the state is available on the State of the Schools Report on the Nebraska Department of Education web site (www.nde.gov).  The table below shows a brief summary of the school’s proficiency scores which include all subgroups such as free and reduced, special education, ELL, etc.

Nebraska State Accountability: NeSA Scores
Percent Proficient: Meets/Exceeds Combined
Combined Results for All Grades Tested







70 %

67 %




71 %

67 %

73 %



85 %

88 %

83 %

86 %


87 %

81 %

91 %



84 %

84 %

84 %

83 %



Because Plainview Elementary School has been identified as a school “in need of improvement” it must offer Public School Choice.  However, because Plainview Elementary School is the only elementary school in our district there is no transfer option available to our students.

One requirement of a school identified is to establish an Accountability Compact Team of the elementary principal, teachers, ESU staff, NDE staff and parents to develop and submit a two-year plan to the State Department of Education to meet the goal.  The plan will include strategies to promote parent involvement as well as incorporate instructional strategies based on scientifically based research.  The district will implement several changes intended to help raise student achievement. 

We are concerned about the academic progress of all of our students.  One requirement of being identified as “in need of improvement” is to file an improvement plan with the state to address areas of concern.  Future professional development will center on training teachers to analyze assessment data to help pinpoint areas of weakness in student achievement to focus instruction to target those areas.  Parents may request information about the professional qualifications of teachers.

We welcome your input and involvement at Plainview Elementary School.  There are many ways you can support our efforts to improve the academic achievement of all students, including:  offering input to the School Improvement Team, participating in Title I parent meetings to offer input, volunteering, and attending parent/teacher conferences with your child’s teacher(s).  Other ways to support your child’s success are to assure that your child is prepared, attends school each day, and has completed their homework.

If you have any questions about this information, please contact me at 402-582-4991.   It will require a collaborative effort between the school and parents to make sure we achieve success for every student.  Enclosed is also a copy of a letter from Matthew Blomstedt, Commissioner of Education.  The letter provides additional information about No Child Left Behind and its effects on accountability in Nebraska Schools.


Patty Novicki
PreK-12 Principal
Plainview Elementary School


Please CLICK HERE for the Nebraska Department of Education Adequate Yearly Progress Letter

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