Dropout – Restructuring District Level Plan

of the

Simpson County School District

The vision of the Simpson County School District and School Board is:

Achieving Excellence in Education

The mission of the Simpson County School District and School Board is:

Simpson County School District seeks to create a challenging learning environment that encourages high expectations for success through instruction that allows for individual differences and learning styles. Our schools promote a safe, orderly, caring, and supportive environment. We strive to have our parents, teachers, and community members actively involved on our students' learning with the goal of reaching their

Destination: Graduation.

The purpose of this plan is to guide and direct the efforts of each school to provide initiatives to prevent and reduce dropouts and to provide a methodology for dropout recovery for students who have not completed high school graduation requirements. Various data sources have been utilized to determine past performance and needs to be addressed. Data sources are attached. Each high school and feeder school will use the Dropout – Restructuring Planning Guide to address indicators identified through a process of self-assessment as Beginning or Early Steps of implementation. Annual updates to the district and school plans will include additional indicators based on an ongoing needs assessment.

Goal #1: Reducing the retention rates in grades kindergarten, first, and second.

Action Steps:

  • Every student is administered an approved universal screener at the beginning and end of the school year to determine instructional needs and progress made during the year.

  • Students in the lowest performing groups are engaged in the RTI or response to intervention process at the school level.

  • Elementary Principals report data on retention to the Superintendent and School Board on an annual basis in June of each year.

Goal #2: Targeting subgroups that need additional assistance to meet graduation requirements.

Action Steps:

  • Each year, eighth grade Principals and Counselors will meet with the High School Principals and Counselors to identify students in the RTI process who will need additional supports in the ninth grade. The High School RTI process will address individualized needs of identified students based on student iCAPs, grade reports, attendance records, and behavior infractions.

  • Grade 10, 11, and 12 students who are identified at risk of not graduating will be identified and an individualized RTI process designed to address issues related to attendance, behavior, and/or course performance.

  • High School Principals will present a report to the Superintendent for presentation to the School Board in October of each year detailing the numbers of students and types of programs or initiatives in place to address their needs.

  • Each High School and feeder middle school will perform a self-assessment using the High School Restructuring Design Principles and select 3-5 indicators to address with a specific plan of action. Those plans will be due to the Superintendent for presentation and approval by the School Board in August of each year and updated annually thereafter.

Goal #3: Developing dropout recovery initiatives that focus on students age seventeen (17) through twenty-one (21), who have dropped out of school.

Action Steps:

  • The District will form a Task Force consisting of community leaders in the area of community college, business, and social services; counselors and student advocates; parents; and school personnel to design initiatives appropriate for our community to address dropout recovery initiatives.

  • A report from the Task Force will be presented to the Superintendent for presentation to the School Board as part of the dropout prevention presentation in August of each year.

Goal #4: Addressing how students will transition to the home school district from the juvenile detention centers.

Action Steps:

  • The Task Force described in Goal #3 will formalize the process for a student’s return to the Simpson County School District from a juvenile detention center in conjunction with the Youth Court and appropriate law enforcement officials.

  • The process developed will be presented to the Superintendent and reported to the School Board for approval on an annual basis in collaboration with the October presentation on targeted subgroup initiatives.

Approved by the Simpson County School Board September 10, 2015

   Glenn Harris    Doris Perkins
Superintendent of Education    President, Simpson County School Board