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AYP/School Choice


Sterling Elementary School


October 26, 2015


Dear Parents and Patrons:


The purpose of this letter is to inform you that according to 2014-2015 state student assessment results Sterling Elementary School is now in Year 2 of Title I School Improvement for the 2014-2015 school year under the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law. Schools are expected to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) toward that goal. The state goal for last year was to have 100% of all students in grades 3-8, & 11, be proficient on the reading and math standards.  Sterling Elementary School has not met the 100% proficiency requirement the past two years.  Additional information about how our school compared to other schools in the state is available on the State of the Schools Report on the Nebraska Department of Education web site at: http://www.education.ne.gov/documents/SOSR.html


Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) - Reading

All Sterling students grades 3-6 Percent Proficient


2010-2011            73 %

2011-2012            81 %

2012-2013            76 %

2013-2014            82 %

2014-2015            94 %


Nebraska State Accountability (NeSA) - Mathematics

All Sterling students grades 3-6 Percent Proficient


2010-2011            61 %

2011-2012            63 %

2012-2013            76 %

2013-2014            95 %

2014-2015            85 %



We are concerned about the academic progress of all of our students. Our preschool – 12th grade teachers are participating in a Marzano Academy during the 2015-16 school year, as we are working towards implementing a consistent instructional framework for all of our students.  Student test scores, state assessment scores, approval of the school board, and teacher input were all considered when making the decision to attend this training.    Our goal is to continue to provide professional development for teachers to improve student achievement.


Sterling Elementary School receives federal funds from the Title I program. These funds help students who are not achieving at grade level in math or reading.  Because Sterling Elementary School has been identified as a school “in need of improvement” it must offer Public School Choice. During the 2014-15 school year, 96 Kindergarten – 6th grade students were eligible for school choice, with zero participating. However, because Sterling Elementary School is the only K-6 elementary school in our district there is no transfer option available to our students. This identification also requires Sterling Elementary School to provide Supplemental Educational Services (SES) to eligible students (students who qualify for the free and reduced lunch program). If you are interested in learning more about these services, please contact Ryan Knippelmeyer in the school office.


We welcome your involvement at Sterling Public Schools. There are many ways to participate including offering your input to the School Improvement Team, volunteering, and attending parent conferences with your child’s teacher(s).  Other ways to support your child’s success are to assure that your child is prepared, attends school each day, and has completed their homework.


Sterling Elementary School held its annual meeting to develop our parent involvement policy and to review parent rights under Title I and other information September 24, 2015. The Title I district-wide parent involvement policy was reviewed this past July, and will be reviewed again on an annual basis.


If you have questions about this information, please feel free to contact Mr. Knippelmeyer or Mr. Theobald.  Please continue to work with us to make sure that we achieve success for every student.







Ryan Knippelmeyer

Sterling Public Schools



Sterling Public Schools 250 Main Street Sterling, NE  68443

t: 402.866.4761 f: 402.866.4771

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