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    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    The school staff and stakeholders are passionate about their school?s purpose to prepare students as caring,

    responsible problem solvers in a 21st century world.

    The collaborative planning, both vertically and horizontally, that takes place at the school assures that teaching
    and learning are guided by its vision and purpose.

    The school staff serves as a professional learning community to explore research-based practices to improve
    student achievement and promote the school vision.

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

    Focus attention on individual and group student achievement specifically by increasing opportunities for
    discussion of student achievement, celebrations of student achievement, and analysis of individual and group
    student growth.

    Compile and keep current a written profile including demographic information for students and staff as well as
    a narrative describing social, economic, and civic trends in the community served by the school.

    Include a more explicit emphasis on student achievement in the vision and in the school's communication.

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

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    Standard 2. Governance and Leadership

    Standard: The school provides governance and leadership that promote student performance and school
    effectiveness.

    Description - The team noted how the school met the intent of the standard based on the preponderance of
    evidence:

    The leadership of the school operates under a defined set of policies and regulations developed by the School
    Board and Superintendent of Rockingham County Schools, as well as, the State of North Carolina. These
    policies are available to all stakeholders. When changes are anticipated in policy, there is evidence especially at
    the school level, that input is sought from teachers, staff and other stakeholders at the school. The school is
    led by a creative, positive principal who believes in, and practices, a shared leadership model. Compliance with
    local, state, and federal laws is not an issue at this school. The school leadership includes the principal and an
    active School improvement Team that includes teachers, support staff, and parent representation. Since the
    staff is small in number, the decision- making process frequently includes all staff members. Teachers are
    afforded opportunities for leadership positions through voluntary acceptance of additional assignments in the
    areas of curriculum, staff development, and extracurricular activities. The principal is actively involved in
    visiting classrooms, guiding best practices, and supervising cafeteria, office staff , volunteers and support
    personnel. The school provides co- curricular and extracurricular activities that are appropriate for elementary
    age students. The evaluation process carried out by the principal includes observations, conferences, mentor
    assistance and professional development when needed.

    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    Teachers are involved in the decision- making process. There are regular meetings with grade levels and
    building levels about student management, student achievement, and improvement in the teaching and
    learning process.

    The school principal models and projects to the staff and community concern that students are learning real
    world skills.

    The superintendent promotes high expectations for the school leaders and actively seeks to assist the school in
    carrying out its mission as a system-wide magnet school of choice for math, science, and technology.

    There are district advisory committees for both teachers and teacher assistants. School and system-wide

    concerns and activities are shared at these meetings.

    The principal and office staff use a school- wide, and community communication system that provides school
    information online and by phone contact.

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

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    Use the school web site for parent, community as well as school feedback on areas of academic concern and

    school-to home linkages.

    Provide increased communication for greater articulation between the elementary school and the middle
    school. Planned visitations between staff and students should identify concerns, as well as positive elements,
    of the transition between fifth and sixth grades.

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

    Standard 3. Teaching and Learning

    Standard: The school provides research-based curriculum and instructional methods that facilitate achievement for all
    students.

    Description - The team noted how the school met the intent of the standard based on the preponderance of

    evidence:

    The school provides a curriculum that is research based with multiple instructional methods that facilitate
    achievement for all students. There is an equitable distribution of technology equipment among the staff with
    a clear expectation that students are actively engaged with its use as a learning tool. There is evidence of a
    process to align instructional practices with the curriculum through vertical teaming. There are regularly
    scheduled meetings to facilitate instructional planning. The team found that faculty members work closely
    with each other and the support staff both in grade level meetings and cross-grade settings. There is evidence
    that students are provided information about their progress and the growth they are expected to make in the
    academic as well as the support classes. Interventions are made during the grading period, after school, before
    school, and during the intersession periods. The team noted many examples of instructional technology being
    integrated into instruction By being a school that operates on a year-round calendar opportunities exist for
    extra learning time on and off campus, and for community activities that may not exist in a traditional calendar
    setting. Significant progress has been made in writing during the past year. There is also a strong commitment
    to explore, learn, and use math concepts, problems and solutions to enhance other subject areas. Special areas
    such as art, music, physical education are highly committed to carrying out the vision of the school in
    integrating their subject areas with math, science, and technology

    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    The commitment to integrating math with all subject areas is noteworthy. Examples of integration include

    interdisciplinary planning and instruction.

    There is a strong commitment to establishing procedures for all students that build character, respect for

    others and personal conduct that will enable children to learn and teachers to teach.

    There is evidence of samples of student work, curriculum concept maps, vocabulary building, guided and
    independent reading, brainstorming activities and personalization of instruction. Each classroom is an open
    invitation to learning for all students.

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    Student learning is enhanced at this school by embracing the concepts of brain- based learning activities, the
    teaching of higher order thinking skills and inclusion of all students in the learning process.

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

    Actively communicate to all staff and stakeholders the commitment to improvement in student achievement.
    Extensive conversations are held regarding character building, procedural strategies, and personal
    responsibility. The same fervor should be extended to sessions with all stakeholders to emphasize
    differentiated classroom strategies dedicated to improving student achievement.

    Study academic achievement gain models available to the school and use them to support the fact that all

    students can progress at or above their expected levels.

    Synthesize Classrooms that Work strategies for individual student growth and school -wide achievement

    efforts.

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

    Standard 4. Documenting and Using Results

    Standard: The school enacts a comprehensive assessment system that monitors and documents performance and
    uses these results to improve student performance and school effectiveness.

    Description - The team noted how the school met the intent of the standard based on the preponderance of

    evidence:

    The school uses measurable performance standards that are aligned with local, district, and state requirements
    for student achievement. Assessments are made using benchmark testing results, trend data, and classroom
    performance measures provided by the district and school. These are used to review prior testing and to study
    comparative data for schools similar to New Vision. The school annually reports the results of the
    performance of students to all stakeholders. Individual report cards are provided on a nine-week basis with
    other reports on a regular and on an as- needed basis. Student growth is calculated by longitudinal studies of
    individual student performance on end- of- grade tests provided by the state of North Carolina. Verification is
    done using valid, reliable and bias free End -of- Grade test results. The team found evidence that staff and
    parents desire clarity in reporting test results related to standards and individual growth measures. Secure,
    accurate, and complete student record systems are maintained in the school and district offices in accordance
    with state and federal regulations.

    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    Testing results are used to determine interventions, extended learning opportunities, and new directions for

    improving student performance.

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    The district software provides teachers with disaggregated data that can identify areas of concern and

    opportunities for improvement

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

    Improve the dialogue between parents and teachers and school leaders regarding the results of individual
    performances on tests. While averages and group performance are frequently used, additional information
    should be available to parents on expected standards for student growth.

    Work toward clarity and user- friendly analysis of test data. Examination of growth models that can be used by
    the principal and teachers may provide additional insight for student achievement.

    Solicit and maintain accurate information regarding student transition to middle grades and beyond. This

    effort can assist the school in improving support for the processes and program success.

    Gather information from stakeholders to determine areas of concern and improvement needs. Consideration
    should be given to administering surveys on more than an annual basis. Be specific in asking questions about
    student achievement, expectations and effects of specific instructional programs.

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

    Standard 5. Resource and Support Systems

    Standard: The school has the resources and services necessary to support its vision and purpose and to ensure
    achievement for all students.

    Description - The team noted how the school met the intent of the standard based on the preponderance of
    evidence:

    The certified staff at New Vision School meets all North Carolina criteria as highly qualified teachers. All
    certified staff are serving in their areas of certification. Staff members are assigned to comply with state and
    local class size limits.

    Extensive professional development opportunities are available to the staff. Staff members participate in
    professional development at the district and school levels as well as through state offerings and those of the
    Piedmont Triad Education Consortium. The school staff is a professional learning community through
    ongoing, enduring studies of research-based strategies of Marzano, Cavalic, brain-based research, response to
    intervention, and Focused Leadership. Internal, embedded professional development is evident through the
    Rockingham County model math teacher initiative and trained mentors for beginning teachers. Annual teacher
    goals reflect strategies for professional growth throughout the year.

    School staff members indicate that they have sufficient resources to support the educational program.

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    Activboards are evident in the media center and the majority of classrooms, with four new boards ordered for
    the current year. Technology resources also include Activslates for individual student use. Additionally, the
    Classroom Performance System provides individual students with remotes for immediate surveys, assessment
    of student knowledge, and student input. While much of the technology has been provided by district funding,
    the school staff has been proactive in writing grants to secure additional resources. An electronic keyboard lab
    is evidence of one successful grant application. Facility resources provide additional space for specialized areas
    for art, music, electronic keyboarding, two after-school daycare rooms, a project room including cooking
    appliances, and additional classrooms for future use.

    The current facility was originally an intermediate school that was remodeled to meet elementary school needs.
    Of particular note are the outside learning areas and the internal artwork that create a physical climate that is
    inviting, exciting, and conducive to student and staff learning. Several working learning labs occupy the space
    between buildings. These include a worm farm, a fossil garden, a compost pile, and a vegetable garden.
    Through their mico-society, students are assigned responsibilities for maintaining these areas and exhibit pride
    in keeping them clean and functional. A local artist was contracted to paint murals throughout the school.
    These beautiful pieces of art cover walls and doorways to create micro-environments of a warm and inviting
    climate.

    All financial transactions and accounting are completed according to North Carolina laws and standards.
    Annual audits of the school?s accounting practices return clean reports.


    With three buildings, the school has a written security plan to maintain a safe and orderly environment. After
    school begins, exterior doors are locked with only one door in each building unlocked for access. Regularly
    scheduled drills for fire, tornado, and lock downs support security and crisis management plans.

    Support services for students vary with the availability of staff. Due to school size, a guidance counselor is
    available 50% of each week for guidance services. School staff assumes responsibilities for mentoring students.
    An active student management team reviews teacher referrals for special services and develops strategies for
    intervention. The school is implementing a response to intervention plan involving regular classroom teachers
    and exceptional children's staff from the school and district. In addition to academic support, students
    identified with 504 plans or special needs are supported through testing modifications as appropriate on
    classroom and standardized tests.

    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    Abundant technology resources provide multiple and diverse opportunities for students to develop and display
    technology skills.

    The school facility is clean, safe, attractive, and well-maintained.

    School safety is a priority, where proactive instructional strategies teach consistent behaviors and procedures
    for social and academic interaction.

    Extensive professional development opportunities and initiatives support a learning community dedicated to
    research-based practices for student learning and well-being.

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    Support services are available for students in guidance and exceptional areas through specialists and teachers.

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

    Assess allocations for teacher support in behavioral and mentoring duties that directly affect student needs.

    Collect data and share results with the district office.

    Focus the allocation of resources more closely on individual and group student achievement needs (such as

    students receiving free and reduced lunch).

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

    Standard 6. Stakeholder Communications and Relationships

    Standard: The school fosters effective communications and relationships with and among its stakeholders.

    Description - The team noted how the school met the intent of the standard based on the preponderance of
    evidence:

    The school uses a number of innovative and creative means to effectively communicate and foster
    relationships with and among its stakeholders. The school conducts a number of surveys each year and the
    results of these surveys are studied and analyzed to identify stakeholder perceptions and satisfaction levels. A
    formal plan for addressing parental concerns identified on these surveys was not evident but interviews
    indicate action steps being taken. Sixty percent of the staff indicate that results of the Teacher Working
    Conditions Survey are used as a tool for school improvement at New Vision. The administration has
    responded to perceptions identified on the various staff surveys by arranging staff retreats focused on
    teamwork and respect and hosting a ?get-together? for staff and families.

    In addition to surveys, parent stakeholders have opportunities to share expectations and concerns through
    their School Improvement Team (SIT) representative and through the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).
    The parent representative on the SIT has an agenda slot for sharing any concerns, issues, or suggestions
    received from New Vision parents. The SIT meets monthly and provides minutes of their meetings in the
    front office for public access, as well as e-mailing them to staff and SIT parent representative. The PTO,
    serving as a forum for parent communication, brings positive and negative comments to the principal verbally
    or through PTO minutes.

    The school, in turn, shares information with stakeholders regarding student performance and school
    effectiveness. The state report card and a guide for understanding the report are distributed to all parents. This
    information is available in greater detail on the state web site, the address of which is provided to parents.
    Reports of student performance on End-of-Grade tests is sent home at the end of each school year. A
    ConnectED message also is sent to each household regarding these test score reports and offering further
    assistance in understanding the scores. Quarterly local report cards and interim progress reports provide

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    parents with current information regarding student progress. Teachers also request face-to-face conferences
    with parents to discuss the progress of students.

    Additional communication with parent stakeholders include an open house at the beginning of school. The
    open house provides parents with information on academic expectations, reporting processes, and school
    discipline procedures. At this time, parents and teachers exchange e-mail addresses and phone numbers to
    facilitate communication during the school year. The principal and teachers have web pages that can be
    accessed by parents and the community. Several teachers send weekly newsletters home. Student planners for
    recording daily assignments, teacher and parent comments, and agenda items provide a two-way
    communication avenue as planners are taken home daily. According to the Title I parent survey, 97.4% of the
    parents responding felt they could talk about their child?s ?educational and/or safety needs with the school
    staff.? Other similar survey items indicate a positive feeling regarding the two-way communication between
    parent and school.

    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    Varied and numerous means of communicating with school stakeholders are evident.

    Activities designed to facilitate teamwork and respect among school personnel are in place.

    Creation of ?sense of family? through concerts, festivals, fairs, and other opportunities for whole family

    involvement are provided.

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

    Explore additional means of sharing SIT actions and decisions (minutes) with stakeholders, especially parents.

    Review parent satisfaction surveys and create a formal plan to address prioritized areas of concern including
    action steps, timeline for review, and evaluation.

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

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    Standard 7. Commitment to Continuous Improvement

    Standard: The school establishes, implements, and monitors a continuous process of improvement that focuses on
    student performance.

    Description - The team noted how the school met the intent of the standard based on the preponderance of

    evidence:

    Evidence exists that continuous improvement efforts are based on data which seem to be the foundation for
    school improvement at New Vision. It is further noted that through interviews, observations, and plan review
    that these improvement efforts are focused on student achievement. Assessments of these efforts are
    monitored through school, district, and state accountability programs. Stakeholder input is gathered through
    perception and satisfaction surveys as well as representation on the School Improvement Team (SIT). The
    school has a published vision, mission statement, and set of common beliefs. These are shared with
    stakeholders and community through the school website, the teacher handbook, the student planners, and
    postings throughout the school. The school maintains a profile consisting of student demographics including
    ethnic, gender, retention, and current test data.

    The school improvement plan includes system-level goals supported by school-level objectives and strategies.
    Evidence indicated that the current plan was developed for the Quality Assurance Review Team Visit. The
    plan, however, covers a three-year cycle that is coming to a close and a new cycle will begin. Having a
    systematic and comprehensive process in place that organizes student data, anaylzes trends and individual
    student growth seem to be missing. The plan that was shared with the QAR Team is supported by an elected
    representation of school and parent stakeholders (SIT). Included in the implementation phase of the plan
    are several targeted professional development opportunities. These opportunities, such as brain-based
    research, Marzano?s Classroom Instruction That Works, and Focused Leadership Solutions, are provided at
    either the school or district level and are chosen with the purpose of facilitating continuous school
    improvement. Content specific professional development is also available to assist teachers in carrying out the
    strategies noted in the school improvement plan.

    Strengths - The team noted the following successful practices deserving of recognition:

    The school uses several means of gathering stakeholder input, including but not limited to surveys, team

    membership, PTO forums, one-on-one sharing opportunities, and comment sections in student planners.

    Stated, measurable objectives that support county-mandated goals are included in the school improvement
    plan.

    Comprehensive and focused strategies supporting stated objectives are included in the planning process.

    Opportunities - The team offers the following opportunities for improvement for consideration by the school:

    Create a systematic and comprehensive plan for developing, reviewing, revising, and evaluating the school

    improvement plan.

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    Assemble a longitudinal data profile to assist with identifying appropriate expectations for student
    achievement and to determine the level of success in meeting school improvement objectives.

    Finding: New Vision School of Math, Science, and Technology has earned the overall assessment level of
    "Operational" and has met this standard for accreditation.

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    Conclusion


    The commendations and recommendations in this report are designed to focus the school on those areas that will
    have the greatest impact on student performance and school effectiveness. While powerful in potential, the
    commendations and recommendations only have meaning when acted upon by the school. The strength of this report
    lies in the school's commitment to using the findings to continuously improve. The key is action. The school is
    encouraged to use the report as a call to action, a tool to sustain momentum in the ongoing process of continuous
    improvement.

    The team identified several recommendations for improvement that the school will need to address. Following this
    review, the school will be required to submit a progress report summarizing its progress toward addressing the team's
    recommendations.

    The Quality Assurance Review Team expresses appreciation to Wanda K. Frey, members of the professional staff,
    students, parents and other community representatives for their hospitality throughout the visit. The team wishes the
    school and its students much success in the quest for excellence through SACS CASI accreditation with AdvancED.

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    Appendix


    Quality Assurance Review Team Members


    Dr. Jim Duncan, Chair
    Dr. Denise Jennings, Team Member
    Ms. Suzi Cabe, Team Member
    AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools

    The AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools are comprehensive statements of quality practices and conditions that
    research and best practice indicate are necessary for schools to achieve quality student performance and organizational
    effectiveness. As schools reach higher levels of implementation of the standards, they will have a greater capacity to
    support ever-increasing student performance and organizational effectiveness. Each of the seven standards listed
    below has corresponding indicators and impact statements which can be accessed at www.advanc-ed.org.

    Vision and Purpose

    The school establishes and communicates a shared purpose and direction for improving the performance of students
    and the effectiveness of the school.

    Governance and Leadership

    The school provides governance and leadership that promote student performance and school effectiveness.

    Teaching and Learning

    The school provides research-based curriculum and instructional methods that facilitate achievement for all students.

    Documenting and Using Results

    The school enacts a comprehensive assessment system that monitors and documents performance and uses these
    results to improve student performance and school effectiveness.

    Resource and Support Systems

    The school has the resources and services necessary to support its vision and purpose and to ensure achievement for
    all students.

    Stakeholder Communications and Relationships

    The school fosters effective communications and relationships with and among its stakeholders.

    Commitment to Continuous Improvement

    The school establishes, implements, and monitors a continuous process of improvement that focuses on student
    performance.

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