School Annual Education Report (AER) Letter
August 14, 2013
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2011-2012 educational progress for Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Kristin Waddell, the principal, for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site: https://dearbornschools.org/downloads/cat_view/120-annual-education-reports. You can also obtain a paper copy from Mrs. Waddell’s office at Whitmore-Bolles Elementary.
The state has identified some schools with the status of Reward, Focus or Priority. A Reward school is one that is outperforming other schools in achievement, growth, or is performing better than other schools with a similar student population. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap in 30% of its student achievement scores. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. Our school has not been given one of these labels.
Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School staff continues to work together with students, parents and community members to provide the highest quality education for each and every student. During Professional Learning Community meetings, staff continues to examine student work, share strategies and research best practices and we continue to implement and upgrade the technology available for staff and for student. Whitmore-Bolles also has strong support from parents and community members. Our PTA contributes to the school through participation on the School Improvement Team and volunteer enrichment programs.
State law requires that we also report additional information:
- PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL – Students are assigned to neighborhood schools based on Dearborn Board of Education-adopted boundaries.
- THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN- The Dearborn Public Schools has been awarded unconditional district-level accreditation through the North Central/Advanc-Ed Accreditation Association. This accreditation rating is in effect through 2018. In addition, Whitmore-Bolles School has an ongoing procedure for reviewing and revising our school plan based on student data and best practices in education.
- IDENTIFY HOW TO ACCESS A COPY OF THE CORE CURRICULUM, A DESCRIPTION OF ITS IMPLEMENTATION AND AN EXPLANATION OF THE VARIANCES FROM THE STATE’S MODEL – The Dearborn district curriculum are available through the Department of Instructional Services in the Administrative Center: https://dearbornschools.org/instructional-services
- PARENTS AT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Whitmore-Bolles School Parent/Teacher Conferences are well attended. We average nearly 100% participation. During the last school year, all families attended at least one conference at the school.
Again, thank you to the students, staff and parents of Whitmore-Bolles Elementary School for your dedication and hard work during the 2012-2013 school year! It is our continued goal to work in partnership with our families and community so that all children will achieve their potential in a safe and stimulating environment.