Our vision is to connect, engage, and inspire all students in the Ayer Shirley Regional School District to reach academic excellence. We, the educators of the Ayer Shirley Regional School District, will instill habits of reflection and inquiry to challenge our students in setting ambitious academic and personal goals. Students will develop a strong voice to express thoughts and ideas in the community and the confidence to showcase their talents and successes in preparation for entry into college and the world of work.

Ayer Shirley Regional High School Parent/Guardian Notification –
School Report Card, Accountability Information, & “Right-to-Know”

December 5, 2016

Dear Parent/Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of the Ayer Shirley Regional High School’s annual report card. District and school report cards provide an overview of a district or school’s overall performance and include information about student enrollment, teacher qualifications, student achievement, and data on how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state.

I. School and District Accountability

Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. The Ayer Shirley Regional High School has been placed into Level 2 for not narrowing achievement gaps.  

2016 District/ School Accountability and Assistance Levels

 

 District/School

 Accountability & Assistance Level

 Reason for Accountability Level:

District

 

Lura A. White School

 

Ayer Shirley Regional MS

 

Ayer Shirley Regional  HS

 

Page Hilltop School

Level 2

 

Level 2

 

Level 2

 

Level 2

 

Level 1

(2016 Held harmless)

Not  closing achievement gaps

Not  closing achievement gaps

Not  closing achievement gaps

Not  closing achievement gaps

Not  closing achievement gaps

 

II. District Achievement Compared to State (2013-2016)

The Composite Performance Index section shows how our high school performance over time compares to the state. Our composite performance index (CPI)  is slightly below the state in English Language Arts and Mathematics, but In science, we exceed the state at both the district and school levels.

III. District Growth Compared to State (2013-2016)

Growth is a measurement of student achievement in one year’s time.  Student performance is measured against like peers according to a student’s scaled score on the prior year’s assessment. For example, if a child’s scaled score on the 2016 assessment is 220, they will be compared on the 2017 assessment to all of the other students in the Commonwealth who scored a 220 on the 2016 assessment.

State Median Growth is 51

Growth Bands:

 

(Low  Growth 0-39) (Moderate Growth 40-59)( High Growth 60-99)

 

The ASRHS English Language Arts growth percentile was below the state at 44. The ASRHS Mathematics growth percentile was 49, close to the target of 50.

IV. Title I Enrollment and Teacher Quality

This section of our report card provides information about the students and teachers in our district and school as compared to others in the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you have the right to know the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach

  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver

  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

          2016-2017  Ayer Shirley Regional Teacher Qualifications

  1. Page Hilltop School- 100% of core academic teachers and 100% of paraprofessionals meet Highly Qualified criteria

  2. Ayer Shirley Regional Middle School- 100% of core academic teachers and 100% of paraprofessionals meet Highly Qualified criteria

  3. Ayer Shirley Regional High School- 96.3 % of core academic teachers and 100% of paraprofessionals meet Highly Qualified criteria

  4. Lura A. White- Non-Title I School (100% of core academic teachers and 100% of paraprofessionals meet Highly Qualified criteria)

We encourage you to be involved in helping us as we work together to improve our district through quality instruction, equity, and excellence. Some of the ways parents can become involved are:

  • Encourage your child’s learning at home, encourage problem solving and daily independent reading

  • Monitor your child’s academic performance on a regular basis- ask questions of your child and their teachers

  • Attend parent-teacher meetings and other parent involvement meetings

  • Serve as a volunteer in our school or district and encourage other parents to join you as an involved parent/guardian

  • Visit the district and school websites to learn more about upcoming events, news and announcements

 

For more information, or to view the longer more detailed report card for your child’s school, please visit www.asrsd.org. To request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 978-772-8600 x 1509.

Sincerely,

Mary Beth Hamel

Assistant Superintendent in Support of Teaching & Learning

Ayer Shirley Regional School District

141 Washington Street | Phone: 978-772-8600
1 Hospital Rd | Phone: (978) 772-8600
115 Washington Street | Phone: (978) 772-8600
34 Lancaster Road | Phone: (978) 772-8600