American Indian Education

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The Cambridge-Isanti Schools has created a comprehensive plan for our families with American Indian heritage.  Our goal is to improve Native student achievement and graduation rates through culturally responsive instruction, student engagement and collaborative partnerships between parents, schools and community.

 

Cambridge-Isanti Schools participates in a state program for American Indian education. Each year, the school district submits a plan for academic progress for its student population.  Below are the most recent goals.

 
 

All American Indian (AI) Children Ready for School

2017-18 Goal

· 100% of our American Indian Pre-K students (9) will make significant progress towards meeting their benchmark goals as measured by the Minnesota Reading Corps Program Data collected on all students: Picture naming, Letter Name, Rhyming, Alliteration and Letter Sound.

· The percentage of kindergarten American Indian students who meet the Kindergarten Letter Name Fluency measure in the fall will increase from 17% meeting targets in the fall of 2017 to 75% meeting targets in the fall of 2018.

· The percentage of kindergarten American Indian students who meet the Kindergarten Letter Sound Fluency measure in the fall will increase from 0% meeting targets in the fall of 2017 to 75% meeting targets in the fall of 2018.

All AI Third-graders Achieve Grade Level Literacy

2017-18 Goal

· The percentage of Third Grade American Indian students who meet MCA standards will increase from 18% proficient in the spring of 2017 to 75% proficient in the spring of 2018

· The percentage of Kindergarten students at Isanti Primary School who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 63% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the Spring of 2017 to 73% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the spring of 2018.

· The percentage of Kindergarten students at Cambridge Primary School who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 79% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the Spring of 2017 to 89% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the spring of 2018.

· The percentage of First Grade students at Isanti Primary School who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 63% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the Spring of 2017 to 73% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the spring of 2018.

· The percentage of First Grade students at Cambridge Primary School who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 68% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the Spring of 2017 to 78% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the spring of 2018.

· The percentage of Second Grade students at Isanti Primary School who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 75% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the Spring of 2017 to 85% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the spring of 2018.

· The percentage of Second Grade students at Cambridge Primary School who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 64% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the Spring of 2017 to 74% (Average, High Average and High combined) in the spring of 2018.

Note: Our American Indian cell size is too small to report through MDE. The percentages used in our goals are hand calculated using the data that we have available to us.

All Achievement Gaps Closed for AI Students

2017-18 Goal

· The percentage of American Indian students who meet MCA standards in the area of reading will increase from 55% proficient in the spring of 2017 to 65% in the spring of 2018. (44 out of the 80 AI students in grades 3-11 who have taken the MCA Reading tests have been proficient)

· The percentage of American Indian students who meet MCA standards in the area of mathematics will increase from 56% proficient in the spring of 2017 to 66% in the spring of 2018. (45 out of the 80 AI students in grades 3-11 who have taken the MCA Math test have been proficient)

· The percentage of American Indian students who meet MCA standards in the area of science will increase from 46% proficient in the spring of 2017 to 56% in the spring of 2018. (21 out of the 45 AI students in grades 3-11 who have taken the MCA science test have been proficient)

· The percentage of K-2 American Indian students who meet grade level NWEA Growth targets will increase from 68% meeting in the Spring of 2017 to 78% meeting in the spring of 2018.

Note: Our American Indian cell size is too small to report through MDE. The percentages used in our goals are hand calculated using the data that we have available to us.

All AI Students Attain Career and College Readiness

2017-18 Goal

· The number of American Indian students enrolled in the district offered organization: Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) will increase from 2 students participating in the fall of 2017 to 5 students participating in the fall of 2018

· All American Indian students at the Cambridge-Isanti High School will be set up to meet with a school Guidance Counselor starting in the tenth grade to create a proposed career and college plan.

All AI Students Attain Career and College Readiness

2017-18 Strategies for Goal Achievement

· The American Indian Advisor will schedule time with each American Indian student at the High School to assist them in course planning or at minimum will ensure that they are meeting with a School counselor.

· The American Indian Advisor will spend a portion of her time working with our identified American Indian students using the Check and Connect Model. She will provide both academic and social emotional support.

· The Cambridge-Isanti district will provide the counseling and support necessary to ensure that our American Indian students are on track for graduation and are choosing to remain in our school district.

· The American Indian Liaison and Academic Counselors will meet individually with any AI student who is requesting to enroll in the Independent Study education option. During this consultation they will provide information on the lack of prior success with this model and the expectations of the program. If a student continues to choose the Independent Study option after this consultation, staff will work with them to set up a proposed “work schedule” and put monitoring plans into place for periodic check ins and one-on-one support.