The district is applying for the grant under the turnaround reform model
Contact: Haley Miller (336) 370-3200
Created: 5/12/2010 8:02:57 AM
The Guilford County Board of Education approved Tuesday staff's
recommendation to apply for the School Improvement Grant for Oak Hill
Elementary under the turnaround reform model.
In March, the board approved for staff to notify the
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction of Guilford County
Schools' (GCS) intent to submit a School Improvement Grant application
for Oak Hill Elementary under the transformation reform model, which was
recommended because it did not cap the number of staff members that
could return to Oak Hill. However, after checking with Oak Hill staff
members, only 42 percent indicated a desire to reapply.
The turnaround model includes the same requirements
as the transformation model except for the percentage of returning
personnel. Also with the turnaround model, Oak Hill will not be under
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) sanctions for the 2010-11 school year.
"Essentially, with the turnaround model, the school's
'AYP clock' starts over," said Beth Folger, chief academic officer.
"This will allow GCS to continue to improve the academic performance at
Oak Hill, without facing more severe consequences under No Child Left
Oak Hill is one of eight schools in North Carolina to
be identified as a Tier I Persistently Low-Achieving School. On
End-of-Grade testing, only 24.9 percent of students were proficient in
2008 and only 29.7 percent were proficient in 2009. Oak Hill made
expected growth and AYP once each in a five-year period. The school
faces many challenges, including 97 percent of its students qualifying
for free and reduced priced meals.