August 14, 2014
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2013-2014 educational progress for the Lyle A. Torrant and Kit Young Centers. 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 Amy E. Rogers for assistance.
The AER is available for you to review within this letter for Lyle Torrant or you may review a copy in our main office at your child’s school.
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.
The Lyle A. Torrant Center and Kit Young Center received 4/22 possible points on the Michigan School Accountability Scorecard, earning a status of Red. Points earned were in the areas of Compliance Factors, Teacher Evaluations, and Attendance. No points were earned in the area(s) of Reading, Mathematics, or Science.
State law requires that we also report additional information:
- PROCESS FOR ASSIGNING PUPILS TO THE SCHOOL
The Lyle A. Torrant Center and Kit Young Center collaborates with the Local Education Agencies of Jackson County to provide center based programs and services to students with Moderate Cognitive Impairments, Severe Cognitive Impairments, Severe Multiple Impairments, and Autism. These programs and services are determined through the Individualized Education Planning Process.
- THE STATUS OF THE 3-5 YEAR SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN
The Torrant and Kit Young Centers continue to work towards progress on the school improvement goals. During the 2013-2014 school year, formal Extended Grade Level Expectation-aligned curricula were adopted (Mother Goose time for Pre-K-1 students, Unique Learning Systems 2-12 students and for transition students). Positive Behavior Intervention Supports were further implemented, including an intervention team process and tier 1 level school-wide supports.
Attached is the website for our 2013-2014 school improvement plan: www.jcisd.org
Please Note: the 2014-2015 school improvement plan will be posted by September 1, 2014.
- DESCRIPTION OF EACH SPECIALIZED SCHOOL:
The Lyle A. Torrant Center and Kit Young Center provides specialized education/instruction to students with moderate to severe disabilities. All of our programs provide instruction in the following areas: personal care, leisure and recreation, travel/mobility, basic life skills, personal relationships, prevocational skills and communication skills. We also utilize the Extended Grade Level Content Expectations to guide instruction in the core content areas of English/Language Arts, Math, and Science.
Students are placed at the Lyle A. Torrant Center and Kit Young Center as a result of an Individualized Education Plan through the Individualized Education Planning (IEP) process. The IEP members, including parents/guardians, ancillary service providers (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech, Visually Impaired TC, Mobility Specialist, nursing, etc.), student, an teacher consider the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), which determines the student’s educational placement.
- 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
To access a copy of the CORE Curriculum, please contact the Principal of the Lyle A. Torrant and Kit Young Center, Amy E. Rogers.
The Torrant Center and Kit Young Centers utilize state-aligned curriculum and assesses students through curriculum based measures in the areas of personal care, leisure and recreation, travel/mobility, basic life skills, personal relationships, prevocational skills and communication skills. In addition, English/Language Arts, Mathematics, and Science are assessed through curriculum-based measures (utilizing Mother Goose Time Curriculum and Unique Learning Systems Curriculum Assessment Tools). The Mi-Access state-wide assessment is administered, as required by the Michigan Department of Education.
- THE AGGREGATE STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT RESULTS FOR ANY LOCAL COMPETENCY TESTS OR NATIONALLY NORMED ACHIEVEMENT TESTS
Mi-Access Participation Level testing results can be viewed here.
- IDENTIFY THE NUMBER AND PERCENT OF STUDENTS REPRESENTED BY PARENTS AT PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES
Fall Conference Data:
78 Students/ 64% of Students represented by parents at parent-teacher Conferences
IEP/Spring Conference Data:
108 Students/ 86% of Students represented by parents at parent-teacher Conferences
The community of special education staff at the Torrant and Kit Young Centers; including special education teachers, teacher assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, speech therapists, vision consultants, mobility consultants, and assistive technology consultants, along with the parents and guardians of our students continue to strive to make positive progress towards our school improvement goals and fulfill our mission statement:
The students, their families/caregivers and the staff of the Lyle Torrant Center and Kit Young Center, together with the community, are committed to providing diverse opportunities and experiences for each student. In turn, students will develop skills necessary in reaching their full independence and potential. As a result of this partnership, all lives will be enriched.
Amy E. Rogers
Lyle A. Torrant and Kit Young Center