January 24, 2020
Dear Parents and Community Members:
We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2018-19 educational progress for the Beaver Island Community School. 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 me for assistance.
The 51-page AER document is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site http://bit.ly/3aJ7Asj, or you may review a hard copy in the main office at Beaver Island Community School.
For the 2018-19 school year, schools were identified using definitions and labels as required in the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). A Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) school is one that has at least one underperforming student subgroup. An Additional Targeted Support (ATS) school is one that has a student subgroup performing at the same level as the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. A Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) school is one whose performance is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state or has a graduation rate at or below 67%. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases, no label is given. Beaver Island Community school was not given any of these labels.
As you will note in the AER, because Beaver Island Community School had fewer than 10 students per grade level, much of the standardized testing data is not reportable to the public. However, it is important to note that the teachers carefully review data for each student on an individual basis.
State law requires that we also report additional information: Beaver Island Public School is a single-building district and therefore students are assigned to the appropriate grade level in the single building. The district’s school improvement plan is reviewed and revised each year based on a review of available data. We do not have any specialized schools in the district. We do, however, strive to provide individualized learning for each student. Beaver Island Community School has implemented the grade level curriculum standards required by the Michigan Department of Education. The district teachers are in the process of codifying the scope and sequence of Beaver Island’s curriculum and making them available on the school’s website. For details on curricular materials, please contact the district office or the individual content and grade level teacher. The aggregate results on state and nationally-normed student achievement tests indicate that our students are growing at or above the state and national average. On the multi-year weighted SPG average for M-STEP, we received a 60.3, which equates to a 4 (exceeds) on the overall student growth percentile (SPG) score from the Michigan Department of Education. On the NWEA, 72% of our students met or exceeded their projected RIT score (or scored above the 90th percentile) in Math, Reading, Language Usage, and Science (excluding seniors and invalid test scores). The following chart represents the percent of students represented by parents at our most recent parent-teacher conferences: Grade Level 2019-2020 Elementary (PK-6) 96.50 Secondary (7-12) 100.00
For our high school program only, we are to provide information on the following: In the 2018-2019 school year, we had five (5) students participating in dual enrollment courses. This represents 23% of our 9-12th grade student body. In the 2018-2019 school year, we offered three (3) AP courses: Calculus B-C, Literature and Composition, and U.S. Government and Politics. In the 2018-2019 school year, we had nine (9) students enrolled in Advanced Placement (AP) courses. This represents 41% of our 9-12th grade student body. Between our dual enrollment and AP courses, we had six (6) students earn grades or scores that resulted in receiving college credit. This represents 27% of our 9-12th grade student body.
Beaver Island Community School is the heart of Beaver Island. We provide a great education for our students and offer programs such as BI Fit and Elder Lunches in cooperation with the Charlevoix County Commission on Aging that benefit the residents and visitors to this wonderful community. In addition to our high quality educational offerings, our students have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of extra- and co-curricular activities, including Model UN, Robotics, NHS, Student Council, and varsity athletics. We are proud of our students’ accomplishments and the quality of our teachers and staff. We encourage you to visit our school any time or to contact us if you have any questions, compliments, or concerns.
Wilfred Cwikiel Superintendent-Principal