AYP / School Report Card: Cesar Chavez Middle School made AYP and earned a B grade on the MI State Report Card
We at Cesar Chavez Academy believe that all improvement begins with an honest and diligent effort to achieve a deep understanding of our current students’ performance levels. Student achievement data from the state of Michigan provides information about our student performance levels relative to established Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP) standards.
At each stage of the reform process—planning, implementing and sustaining—it is helpful for Cesar Chavez Academy Middle School to involve the community and parents. Parents and the Cesar Chavez community offer valuable perspectives that will provide assistance during our school decision-making processes.
One of the most valuable tools is the MEAP test which provides teachers with specific feedback on individual student achievement. Another tool to be utilized is the Scantron program which will provide additional valuable student achievement information for the first time this year. Cesar Chavez Academy has a district wide curriculum which is based upon the model from Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU). We continue a staff development program that outlines clear goals, common assessments and operational objectives defining what our students will learn and how they will be able to use the new learning in the future.
MEAP Performance Michigan Educational Assessment Program
The MEAP test measures student proficiency on the Michigan Curriculum Framework, including benchmarks or Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCE) for the previous year's content. Cesar Chavez Middle Academy's curriculum is based upon these standards, benchmarks and GLCEs.
The MEAP results are one of several indicators of a child's performance during his/her educational experience and should be considered along with school and classroom assessments for a total picture of that child's learning.
Accreditation Status The academy meets the state's standards for accreditation. In addition, The AdvancED Accreditation Commission and Board of Trustees has accredited all of the academy's campuses in Southwest Detroit, making it the first multi-campus charter district in Michigan to receive the mark.
If you walk through the doors of any of the academy's four campuses, it is immediately evident: the atmosphere is one of learning, respect, family, caring and safety. "Every minute counts; there is no wasted time here," explained school leader Cheri Wasiel, who has since transitioned to a new leadership position in Phoenix. Teachers make instructional decisions for every child based on performance data - and small group interventions are key to addressing individual needs.
There are many systems in place that help ensure success for CCA students. Among them: * School-wide behavior plans with positive reinforcement * Highly qualified, dedicated teachers * Highly effective support staff * Deep collaboration among teachers * Use of data to support instruction * Response to intervention * Community outreach * Strong curriculum * District-wide alignment * Prolific technology: smart boards, computer labs, netbooks, Promethean boards, laptops