Federal and State Programs
No Child Left Behind (NCLB)
In 2001, the federal government passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB Act). This law reflects a framework on how to improve the performance of America's elementary and secondary schools while at the same time trying to ensure that no child is trapped in a failing school. The NCLB Act incorporates increased accountability for States, school districts, and schools; greater choice for parents and students, particularly those attending low-performing schools; more flexibility for states and local educational agencies (LEAs) in the use of Federal money; and a stronger emphasis on reading, especially for the youngest children.
For further information on, or a synopsis of, the No Child Left Behind law, please go to the Federal NCLB site.
April 26, 2013 Parents' Right-to-Know Letter
Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)
Adequate Yearly Progress is the minimum annual performance level of improvement that states, school districts, and individual schools must achieve each year. For the 2010-2011 school year, 63% of students must score proficient or above in reading; 56% of these students need to be at the proficient level or higher in math. The state requires each school district to disaggregate PSSA test data for several groups of students, provided the district has at least 10 students in each group. The groups include race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, migrant status, English proficiency, and economically disadvantaged. In addition, school districts must show improvement in attendance rate (for kindergarten through grade eight buildings) and graduation rate (for high school buildings). Graduation rate is calculated by the number of students who begin high school in ninth grade and graduate with their class. If a category is not listed, the district has less than 10 students in that category and cannot report disaggregated data on that group. These groups include: Hispanic, black, Asian Pacific, migrant status, English proficient, and in grade eight, students with disabilities.
|Springdale Jr-Sr High School||Met AYP
|Colfax Upper Elementary School||Met AYP|
|Acmetonia Primary School||Met AYP|
Students in all buildings met the requirements to achieve AYP, both PSSA scores and attendance/graduation rates (90%). All of the subgroups identfied in the District: race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, migrant status, English proficient, and economcially disadvantaged students met the required scores. Modifications to the curriculum and specifically the use of data to assess each student's individual progress has helped to identify weak areas for students and areas that need classroom and/or curriculum attention. The use of additional assessment tools further provides incremental assessments from which to monitor individual student progress throughout the year, providing data for staff to use to improve academic areas. District staff and administration continue to improve ways to monitor student progress and make necessary adjustments in classrooms to provide continual academic growth.
For further information on the status of the Allegheny Valley School District with respect to No Child Left Behind, please contact:
Dr. Cheryl A. Griffith, Superintendent
Allegheny Valley School District
300 Pearl Avenue
Cheswick, PA 15024
2011-12 Report Card
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Although English as a Second Language is not a funded program, it is mandated by the state and federal governments. All school districts must provide ESL services for their students according to the law.
Title 22, Chapter 4, Section 4.26 of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Curriculum Regulations requires that the school district provide a program for every student who is limited English proficient or an English Language Learner. Every school district shall provide a program for each student whose dominant language is not English for the purpose of facilitating the student's achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards. Programs under this section shall include appropriate bilingual, bicultural or English as a Second Language (ESL) instruction.
The District will provide every school age child with a home language survey to determine individual student needs regarding ESL services. Parents may contact the building principal for additional information regarding these services.
For more information on ESL services, please contact:
Dr. Janice Nuzzo, Director of Student Achievement
Allegheny Valley School District
300 Pearl Avenue
Cheswick, PA 15024
Title 10 - McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act (Subtitle B-Education for Homeless Children and Youth), now reauthorized and part of the No Child Left Behind Act, ensures a free and appropriate public education for all homeless children and youth.
The term “homeless children and youth” means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement. Children and Youth are homeless if their primary nighttime residence is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings; are living in cars, parks, public places, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings. Some migratory children may be considered homeless as well if they are living in circumstances described in this Act.
The Allegheny Valley School District ensures that all students in homeless situations as defined by the law are kept in their school of origin, to the extent feasible, unless it is against the parent or guardian’s wishes. “School of origin is defined as the school that the child or youth attended when permanently housed or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled. This is done because changing schools greatly impedes students’ academic and social growth. Research shows that it takes a child four to six months to recover academically after changing schools. Students can stay in their school of origin the entire time they are homeless and until the end of any academic year in which they move into permanent housing. At the request of parents or guardians, the District also provides transportation to and from the student’s school of origin. Finally, the Allegheny Valley School District takes great care in ensure the health, safety and educational rights of all unaccompanied youth. The District’s Homeless Liaison strives to help all youth who are not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian to find safe temporary housing and maintain them in the structure of the school they know best.
FERPA (District Services, Federal/State Programs section)
As a parent, you have certain rights in regard to your child’s school records. These rights are guaranteed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 1974, and the Pennsylvania State Board of Education regulations. These rights apply whether your child is exceptional or non-exceptional.
Parents have a right to review, inspect, or obtain a copy of the records. They may make a written request for copies of their child’s records at a fee not to exceed duplicating costs. If a parent believes that any information is inaccurate or misleading, he/she may challenge the contents of the records. Parents have the right to refuse individual consent where such permission is needed for releasing certain student information. Should a parent feel the district is not providing these rights, he/she may file a complaint with the FERPA Office, Department of Education, Room 4511, Switzer Building, Washington, DC 20202.
If a child transfers to another school system, records will be forwarded after notification of enrollment is received from the new school.
According to FERPA, 1974, various non-confidential information can be released to outside agencies without parental consent. This directory information consists of name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weights and heights of members of athletic teams, dates and attendance, degrees and awards received, and other similar information. If a parent does not want directory information released, he/she must notify the district in writing.
The district protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable information regarding exceptional and protected handicapped students in accord with state and federal law and the district’s student records policy.