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Annual Education Report 2014-2015
Serving portions of Livonia and Westland, Michigan
15125 Farmington Road Livonia MI 48154 734-744-2500
LIVONIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS www.livoniapublicschools.org
BOARD OF EDUCATION 2014-15
Colleen Burton, President Dianne Laura, Vice President Tammy Bonifield, Secretary
Dan Centers, Trustee Liz Jarvis, Trustee
Mark Johnson, Trustee Eileen McDonnell, Trustee
Dr. Randy Liepa, Superintendent 2014-2015
Andrea Oquist, Superintendent
The Livonia Public Schools School District prohibits unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, height, weight, marital status, handicap or disability in any of its educational programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Director of Human Resources, 15125 Farmington Road, Livonia, MI 48154 (734)744-2500.
April 15, 2016 Dear Parents and Community Members: I am pleased to present you with the Livonia Public Schools’ Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-2015 educational progress for the District, our schools, and our students. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by Federal law and some requirements of state laws. Our staff is available to help you understand this information. Please contact Sheila Alles, Chief Academic Officer, for help if you need assistance. The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site www.livoniapublicschools.org or you may review a copy by contacting the Academic Services Department in the Central Administration building. In addition to the district AER, each school in the district has a building-level AER, which is also available on the district’s web site and at their school. The district’s AER has two major sections that are required by state law. The information contained in the first section was compiled by district staff. It presents relevant information about our district, our academic programs, specialized programs, school improvement efforts, and two years of results on district developed assessments and nationally norm-referenced assessments. It also includes the district’s parent involvement policy. The second section of the report contains information provided by the Michigan Department of Education and is required to be presented in their format. It includes: Student Assessment Data – Elementary or middle school assessment results on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP), high school assessment results on the M-STEP component of the Michigan Merit Exam (MME), and assessment results for students with disabilities on Michigan’s Alternative Assessment Program (MI-Access).
• Presents achievement data for all four tested subjects (English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies) compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students.
• Helps parents understand achievement progress within schools and compare these to district and state achievement.
Accountability Scorecard – Detail Data and Status Due to the transition from MEAP tests to the M-STEP test, the accountability portion of the AER is limited to assessment participation and graduation/attendance rates. Full accountability reporting will resume with the 2015-16 AER. Teacher Qualification Data
• Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels. • Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers no considered highly qualified
to teach such classes. NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)
• Provides state results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8.
LIVONIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS 15125 Farmington Road • Livonia • MI • 48154 Phone (734) 744-2500
I am very proud of the diligent work of our staff in providing our students with quality, meaningful, and relevant educational experiences. This was recognized by our achievement to renew district-wide accreditation through an independent review by AdvancED. We also appreciate the supportive parents and community members who have a positive influence on our schools and district. By living our district’s vision, we continue to focus on improving student achievement, which allows us to maintain our status as an outstanding school district. Sincerely,
Andrea Oquist Superintendent
SHARED VISION Livonia Public Schools stands as a lighthouse district, a beacon of excellence offering exceptional educational opportunities to all children and serving as a source of pride for our community. As a premier school system, we promote a passion for learning and a philosophy that puts the needs of children and their education first.
Climate & Environment We are a caring community that knows and lifts every child. All employees, parents and community members appreciate and honor the unique contributions each brings to our education community. Therefore, we see a school district where we…
• Provide a safe, joyful, welcoming environment for all who enter and a place where students are eager to learn.
• Respect, value, empower and trust one another. • Celebrate the uniqueness of each individual in a climate of acceptance and understanding. • Value open, honest, and two-way communication among all stakeholders (families, students,
staff and community). • Invite parents and community members to be active partners. • Benefit from facilities that are updated, well maintained and inviting, including cutting-edge
technology and equipment.
Engaged Learners An exemplary learning community inspires and motivates all students to reach their full learning potential. Therefore, we see a school district where students…
• Experience joy in learning. • Flourish in a learning environment where creativity and imagination abound. • Are encouraged to give their personal best and challenged to go beyond the ordinary. • Have their unique learning needs met. • Experience learning that connects to the real world through a variety of opportunities for
exploration. • Are assessed using reliable and timely instruments that measure what students are expected to
learn and guide instruction.
Enhancing Employee Capacity As an exemplary school district, we operate on the premise that a school district can only be as good as the people that it employs. Therefore, we have a deep commitment to holding the highest standards for ourselves and others, and to providing the opportunity to learn and grow. We see a school district where an empowered staff…
• Works cooperatively and collaboratively to expand their ability to support and improve student learning.
• Broadens the potential for success through innovative and creative ideas. • Values and seeks meaningful individual professional development. • Experiences focused professional development based on best practices and current research. • Uses state-of-the-art technology and equipment to enhance job effectiveness.
Organizational Capability We understand that the pursuit of excellence requires persistence, tenacity and courageous patience. Therefore, we see a school district where our processes support…
• Continuous improvement in all that we do. • Implementation of innovative ideas when determining structural and operational changes. • Participative problem-solving and decision-making.
Outcomes for Our Students Our schools excel at preparing each student for his/her life journey. Therefore, we see a school district where students are…
• Persons of character who are contributing members of society and life-long learners. • Independent, confident and hopeful, with the skills to plan a successful future. • Analytical and capable decision makers. • Proficient in math, literacy and communication skills. • Prepared for future education and career opportunities.
To educate, challenge, and inspire every student to achieve personal success and become a confident contributor to society. COLLECTIVE COMMITMENTS The Livonia Public Schools’ Shared Vision provides the imagination of what we hope to become and a blueprint for continuous improvement. The clarity of our Shared Vision and commitment to it is crucial to our success. We have identified the following Collective Commitments that will define the behaviors that lead us to our Shared Vision.
Learning: Our Priority 1. Learning is what we’re all about – for students, as well as adults. We are committed to both
individual and collective growth. 2. We make learning come alive through engaging and inspiring our students. 3. Individual differences matter; we strive to provide for our students’ unique needs.
Our Environment 4. We create positive, welcoming and safe environments where students, staff and parents are
eager to learn, work and visit.
Our Interactions 5. Respect and integrity are at the core of our interactions with one another. When these are
compromised, everything is compromised. 6. We model responsible, ethical behavior
Our Practices 7. We collaborate in order to produce results superior to those achieved individual