School Improvement

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Annually, Alaska schools are designated for improvement. The three designations of school improvement include:

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement due to graduation rate (CSI-Grad Rate), 

  • Comprehensive Support and Improvement due to an index value in the lowest 5 percent of schools (CSI (5%)), and 

  • Targeted Support and Improvement due to subgroup performance (TSI).

The Juneau School District has one school designated for CSI-Grad Rate: Yaakoosgé Daakahídi Alternative High School. Sayéik: Gastineau Community School and HomeBRIDGE have been identified as TSI schools. Kax̲dig̲oowu Héen Elementary School has a CSI (5%) designation. Each school has developed a school improvement plan that is updated annually. The 2024-25 plans are linked below:


District Improvement

The Juneau School District has a District Improvement Plan embodied in the JSD Strategic Plan. The results are published annually in the “Dashboard Indicators of Success” report which is located on the Teaching and Learning Assessment page.

The purpose of the plan and the report is to increase student achievement, improve our programs, and meet the goals of continuous improvement. The process for improvement looks at student and district needs and prepares action plans based on researched-based practices. Each year, the District asks parents and guardians of our students for participation in this process. For further questions or to express interest, please call the federal programs coordinator at 523-1730 or email amanda.duvall@juneauschools.org.

Detailed assessment results for Juneau schools are available on the District Assessment web page or on the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development website.

Parents can also help by increasing their understanding of the assessments, understanding the importance of good attendance and graduating from school, visiting schools and becoming a volunteer, and engaging in reading and math strategies at home.

Additional information about the Federal Programs, such as ESEA, and what parents can to do improve student achievement can be found at the U.S. Department of Education Parent page.

Qualified Paraprofessional

Please contact Susan Kugelmann in Human Resources with questions regarding the ParaPro Assessment or Qualified Paraprofessional (QP) status or email hr@juneauschools.org.

QP requirements apply to K-5 Paraeducators at Title I School-wide schools: Sít' Eetí Shaanáx:Glacier Valley, Sayéik: Gastineau, Harborview, and Riverbend.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION PROCESS

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Federal Programs: Public Complaint Procedures

The Federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) requires school districts to adopt procedures for resolving disputes regarding operations of programs authorized under the Act. The intention of this section of the law is to inform the public of dispute procedures. 

There may be disputes about transportation or enrollment decisions from students, families or advocates of students in foster care or experiencing homelessness, as described in the Title I-A program. In these or other situations involving the ESEA (ESSA) programs, the forms provided on this weblink can be used. We prefer to resolve conflicts in a proactive manner, however. If you have a complaint, please call the Federal Education Programs Coordinator, at 523-1730.

Please refer to this Juneau School District Board Policy for further information.


Who may file a dispute?

Any organization, parent, teacher, or member of the public may file a complaint against the LEA, the Local Education Agency–the Juneau School District.

 

How is the complaint filed?

A Federal Programs Dispute Resolution Process form is completed and submitted to the Federal Programs Office, c/o 10014 Crazy Horse Drive, Juneau AK 99801

 

Definition of a Complaint

There are both formal and informal complaint procedures. A formal complaint must be a written, signed statement that includes: 1. an allegation that a federal statute or regulation applicable to a local education agency (LEA) program has been violated, 2. facts, including documentary evidence that supports the allegation, and 3. the specific requirement, statute, or regulation being violated.

Title I-A

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The purpose of Title I-A is to provide all children significant opportunity to receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, and to close educational achievement gaps.

 

School Wide Program

Schoolwide programs are able to consolidate its federal, state, and local funds to upgrade the entire educational program. Though the school is not required to identify certain children as being eligible for services or to provide certain students with any specific supplemental benefits, the focus of the program must be on addressing the needs of low-achieving children and those at risk of not meeting state student academic achievement standards. Any school with a poverty average of at least 40% may operate a Schoolwide Program.

There are three required components of a schoolwide program that are essential to effective implementation: conducting a comprehensive needs assessment, preparing a comprehensive schoolwide plan, and annually reviewing and revising, as necessary, the schoolwide plan.

 

Juneau Title I-A Schools

Juneau School District's schoolwide programs will ensure that all low-achieving students in all subgroups, including economically disadvantaged students, racial/ethnic subgroups, English learners, students with disabilities, migratory children, and homeless students, are receiving assistance to increase their level of achievement.

The schoolwide Title I programs are designed to increase student achievement, using the Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)/RTI as the basis for the program design. Juneau has implemented the MTSS model at the Title I elementary schools as well as the Professional Learning Community model. The models focus on all low-achieving students receiving assistance to increase their level of achievement. Title I school teaching staff meet regularly throughout the school year through data meetings to analyze student data, including progress monitoring data, and plan for timely and appropriate interventions. This data review, along with PLC time where staff are considering students' progress towards standards, allows collective discussion and sharing of teaching strategies to engage struggling students or subgroups.

 

Based on collective school, student, and community review, all Title I-A schools develop multiyear goals and plans with action steps allowing academic progress to be monitored.


School Plans for the 2024-25 School Year 

 

Harborview/TCLL School Plan

 

Kax̱dig̱oowu Héen Elementary School Plan

 

Mendenhall River Community School School Plan

 

Sít' Eetí Shaanáx̱ - Glacier Valley Elementary School Plan

 

Sayéik: Gastineau Community School School Plan