Both North Clay Middle School (NCMS) and East Side Elementary School (ESES) missed 2011 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and received a D letter-grade under Public Law 221, under two evaluations determined by the state.
If the new rule is passed, the two schools may be subjected to expedited state sanctions, which could include state takeover.
According to a presentation by Clay Community School (CCS) Assistant Superintendent Tim Rayle, PL 221 is an accountability system for K-12 education aimed to establish major educational reform and accountability statewide.
A school's evaluation grade is based on student performance and improvement data from the state's ISTEP+ and End-of-Course assessments (ECAs).
The scores are calculated by examining three categories: Performance (number of students who pass the English and math portions of the ISTEP+, ISTAR or IMAST tests as well as English 10 and Algebra I ECAs), improvement over a three-year period and AYP status.
A school that misses AYP for two consecutive years in the same subject area is capped at a "C."
If a school was capped a previous year, it must make AYP for two consecutive years in order for the cap to be removed.
If the state's new language proposal is adopted, any school who receives a D (academic watch) or a F (probation) under the ranking system would be affected by these sanctions, which includes 104 schools in 76 districts according to The Tribune Star.
Previously, schools that have received a F for six years can be taken over, but the new rule allows for state sanctions after four years for any school with a letter grade of a D or F.
According to CCS Superintendent Kimberly Tucker, North Clay Middle School has struggled in the last several years to maintain achievement growth and missed 2011 AYP.
They lost 3 percent from 74.2 percent pass rate to 71.2 percent and received a D.
Eastside Elementary has also struggled to increase overall student achievement, and missed AYP.
The school's overall pass percentage was 68.7 percent, with improvement of less than 1 percent. Eastside's overall letter grade was a D.
Rayle said teachers and administrators have been working hard to prevent state intervention and further academic growth.
"The teachers in both schools have been focusing on student mastery of state standards through Growth Model Data. These standards are tested in the spring on the ISTEP+ assessment," Rayle said. "In addition, teachers have been analyzing the data from various assessments and directing student learning based upon the data. East Side teachers have committed to using the 8-Step process."
The Indiana Department of Education's 8-Step Instructional Model includes: Data disaggregation, timeline development, instructional focus, assessment, tutorials, enrichment, maintenance and monitoring with a "plan, do, check and act" cycle plan where teachers continuously develop and assess new curricula until they find something that works best.
"The process has shown some exciting promise for instructional program improvement," Tucker told The Brazil Times previously.
Rayle said he thinks state take over is "very unlikely."
"East Side has shown improvement in PL 221 scores and has made the NCLB requirements for AYP with the exception of 05, 07 and 10," Rayle said. "PL 221 looks at both performance and improvement. As the student scores increase overall, the overall assessment performances will improve."
Rayle said teacher's jobs are not on the line and students are not at risk for being redistributed within the school district.
"East Side is in Title 1 choice," Rayle said. "Parents have been informed about this and were given the option to stay at East Side or to attend Meridian or Van Buren."
Rayle added, "We have very good schools and a very good school corporation. We are continuing to use "Best Practices." Our teachers are adapting their strategies to meet the needs of the students.
We utilize professional development as a method of allowing our teachers to be trained in the practices that best meet the needs of our students."