Grafton Elementary School (GES) is comprised of two local education agencies (LEA): Athens Town District and Grafton Town District. Both LEAs participate in the Consolidated Federal Grant (CFG) program and are required to communicate certain assurances to the parents and the community.
1. Parents whose children attend schools that receive Title 1 funds have the right to request the professional qualifications of their child’s classroom teacher, from the school. Additionally, parents can access this information on the Agency of Education (AOE)’s website in their database titled “Look Up An Educator”.
2. Statewide Academic assessments are given to students at GES in grades 3-6. The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) measures students’ abilities in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics standards of Common Core. The New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in Science has typically been administered in the late spring of 4th grade. The Agency of Education (AOE) will be implementing a new science assessment this school year for a field test. This time, students in 5th grade will take the new science test. Individual student results are distributed to parents/guardians when they have been released from embargo. Test results are also released to the public when allowed.
3. Students in grades 1-6 across the WNESU take a quarterly assessment called Track My Progress (TMP). This assesses students in their abilities for english language arts and mathematics. Students also are tracked in their reading growth through the Fountas & Pinnell Benchmarking System and this year GES will also be using the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Reading Inventory for certain students.
4. The Student-Parent-School Compact is published in the GES Handbook, annually. The handbook is available on our school’s website to peruse. Families sign off that they have read and received the handbook as part of their beginning of school paperwork.
5. The School Report Card is published annually and made available at Town Meeting time.
If you have any questions about this letter of assurance, please contact Principal Cela Dorr