(If this letter is not in your native language and you need translation, please call your school.)

August 1, 2011

Dear Ross Elementary Parent or Guardian:

The goal of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) of 2001, is to ensure that all children in this country receive a quality education. Under NCLB, each state is required to assess all schools to determine if each school has made adequate yearly progress (AYP) toward meeting the academic testing standards and additional measures set by the state. AYP decisions are based on the results of state testing in communication arts and math and the school’s attendance rate or graduation rate. If the school has not made AYP for two consecutive years in any one of the four areas, it is considered “in need of improvement.”

Under NCLB, public schools must demonstrate that certain achievement levels on math and communication arts exams are being met each year in the aggregate (all students) and for up to nine subgroups of students including: (1) Asian/Pacific Islander; (2) American Indian; (3) Black;
(4) Hispanic; (5) White; (6) Multi-Racial; (7) Students with Limited English Proficiency; (8) Students with Individualized Education Programs; and (9) Students Receiving Free/Reduced Price Lunches. If the test scores of a single subgroup do not meet the required achievement level for a subject area, a school or district will not meet AYP.

Based on the results of the 2010-11 academic testing in communication arts and math and the school’s attendance rate, your child’s school, Ross Elementary, did not make AYP because two of five student subgroups did not make AYP in communication arts and one of five subgroups did not make it in math.  Because of this designation, the school is considered to be in Level 1 School Improvement and must develop a plan for improvement.  One important component of this plan will be parent involvement in both the development and implementation of the plan.

Your child is eligible for public school choice options under the NCLB Act. There are two options available for your child: (1) Remain at the current school, or (2) Transfer to a school in the district that has made AYP.

If you would like to exercise your NCLB choice option, please complete a Transfer Request Form found at www.parkwayschools.net/Ross/ or the school office, and return it to Parkway School District by August 19, 2011. Parkway will provide transportation for your child under an NCLB transfer as long as there is funding available. If the demand for transfers exceeds available funding, the priority to provide transportation will be for low-achieving, low-income students. However, all students who request a transfer will be granted one.

Please remember that if you do not complete and return the transfer application by August 19, 2011, your child will remain at his/her current school. If you have any questions or need more information about transfer options available in Parkway, please contact Dr. Bonnie Maxey, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, at (314) 415-8024 or feel free to visit us at 455 N. Woods Mill Road, 63017 and we will work with you to make sure your child finds a school that fits his/her needs.

Information about public school choice will also be available on the district’s website at www.parkwayschools.net/curriculum. This information will be updated periodically and toward the end of the school year.

We encourage you to become involved with your child’s school to support school improvement. You can help your child by learning more about the MAP assessments, placing a high priority on good attendance, visiting your school and becoming a volunteer, and helping with reading and math at home. You can also learn about Parkway’s curriculum, including what students will learn at each grade level by subject area, in our online curriculum guide. Information for parents on these topics can be found at www.parkwayschools.net/curriculum.

For more information about Parkway School District’s AYP results, please go to www.parkwayschools.net/ayp/AYPletter.cfm.