2016 Oakman Elementary School Annual Education Report (AER)
Office of the Superintendent
April 15, 2016
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-15 educational progress for Oakman Elementary. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by federal and state laws. The school’s report contains information about student assessment, accountability, and teacher quality. If you have any questions about the AER, please contact Radewin Awada for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site: www.oakman.dearbrnshools.org or, you may review a copy in the main office at your child’s school. Also, you can find the Combined Data Report at https://goo.gl/5NKLw1 .
Oakman Elementary is a neighborhood school catering to the needs of a diverse bilingual and at-risk student population. Seventy-six percent of Oakman students are identified as bilingual per WIDA standards. Highly qualified staff provides reading instruction using research based best practices in language and literacy development. Five year academic trend data indicate an increase in reading, arithmetic, writing, science and social studies. 2014/15 assessment data indicate Oakman students struggled in science and social studies, yet Oakman staff has responded by establishing a science enrichment classroom focused on providing students with intense hands on science training in STEM concepts and the purchase and realignment of social studies resources focused on fulfillment of MC3 curriculum. Students performing in the bottom thirty percent in reading and mathematics are identified annually and provided daily intervention services, additional academic support services are provided through Oakman’s extended day program.
Oakman continues increasing parental involvement and actively engaging parents in the dissemination of information and policy making via the newly established Principal’s Corner. This venue meets monthly to solicit parent feedback, answer questions and increase parent participation in the decision making process as it relates to important educational and social challenges facing the community. Monthly PTA and parent-teacher educational meetings provide an additional venue to further parental understanding of the challenges encompassing public education. Parent involvement continues increasing annually and remains at the highest levels. A needs assessment is completed annually and a plan of action is created and executed the following school year in accordance with student needs, parent requests and staff input.
Oakman Elementary staff is actively engaged in and entering their third year of Language and Literacy professional training, which provides extended time with colleagues to analyze and unwrap the CCSS, plan for diversified instruction through the disaggregation of student performance data and adaption of new instructional strategies focused on ELA development with ELL and At-Risk student populations. School-wide technology provides students with a 21st century learning environment. Each staff member maintains and utilizes a classroom blog equipped with an automated email messaging system. The BLOG provides parents with daily updates of lesson plans, classroom events and school/district news. Staff receives extensive training in the use of technology as the main tool for instructional delivery.
A comprehensive MTSS support system has been developed and affords ELL and At-Risk students the support mechanisms needed to increase academic and social growth during the school day. All Oakman staff has identified meaningful academic growth goals in literacy and numeracy for each student. M-STEP and NWEA performance data are the centerpiece of a fluid individualized education plan. Literacy, numeracy and a personal goal are revised quarterly and referenced to regularly during student conferencing and teacher principal data meetings. Extended day learning in ELA and numeracy development is offered to the bottom thirty students, while academic enrichment, chess club, safety and service squad patrol, honors choir, instrumental music, academic enrichment and ecology club are enrichment activities offered to all 3-5 grade students. PTA sponsored events are numerous, family focused and seasonally suitable.
The students at Oakman Elementary are assigned to the building based on the Board of Education-adopted boundaries. In addition to traditional high school and middle school programs, students have other district options, including dual enrollment, the Michael Berry Career Center, the Dearborn Magnet School, the DCMST (Dearborn Center for Math, Science, and Technology), Middle School STEM, Henry Ford Early College, and Henry Ford Collegiate Academy. These specialized programs are extended to students who meet specific criteria.
The School Improvement Plan for Oakman Elementary is continuously reevaluated. Students, staff and parents participate in a comprehensive review of student data and collaborate to create a school-wide plan encompassing goals, objectives, strategies, and activities aimed at increasing academic achievement for all students. Our current academic goals focus on writing, reading, and math. All of our goals focus on increasing student achievement and reducing all achievement gaps. These goals align with district initiatives and support our North Central Association/Advanc-Ed Systems-Level Accreditation status that was awarded in 2013 and that will be in effect through June of 2018.
Oakman Elementary is a traditional K-5 public school institution offering a 21st century learning environment. The state of Michigan develops and reviews a curriculum framework that outlines expectations for student performance and describes the knowledge and abilities needed to be successful in today’s society. Each district then uses this framework to develop a standard’s based curriculum. Dearborn employs the Dearborn Educational Curriculum (DEC) platform, to house district curriculum documents; all teachers have access to the DEC. The educators can access their grade/course level to view the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), pacing guides, common core essential questions, resources, lessons, activities and assessments, both formative and summative. These materials are constantly being updated to ensure close alignment with CCSS and evolving state assessments. Also, please visit our website for more detailed information at https://dearbornschools.org/ .
According to MI-School data, five year trend data indicates an increase in student achievement in math and reading. Data review revealed gains in 4th and 5th grade math, with slight decreases in 3rd grade as measured by MEAP/M-STEP. Reading data building-wide shows gains according to NWEA assessment but are below expected proficiencies as measured by the M-STEP. Additional district NWEA data show students gaining in mathematics, reading, language and science.
Currently 100% of students are required to meet with parents during Parent Teacher Conferences as has been the case for the past six years at Oakman Elementary (2012-2013 student population: 279. 2013-2014; 297. 2014-15; 292). If parents are unable to meet during parent teacher conferences an alternate day and time are agreed to by teacher and parents.
I commend the efforts of the students, staff and parents of Oakman Elementary for working collectively to ensure equal access to an excellent education. A determined and focused school improvement plan provides the structure and focus required to meet the academic, emotional, behavioral and social needs of all students. The Dearborn Board of Education and Superintendent continue supporting a diversified curriculum aimed at meeting the diverse needs of a student population rapidly approaching twenty thousand students. Instructional leaders continue pursuing higher educational degrees and endorsements required to keep pace with the latest educational research. Multiple learning opportunities and parent meetings are embedded annually enabling dissemination of information and collaboration among parents and staff.
Oakman Elementary is a wonderful community where all stakeholders collaborate to meet the needs of a diverse population and ensure all students have equal access to a first class education. Dearborn Public Schools continues supporting Oakman’s mission to provide a safe, nurturing and educationally stimulating environment where all students realize their full social, emotional and academic potential.
Glenn Maleyko, Ph.D.