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Ivy Academy. Appeal Hearing. Introduction. Brief Procedural Background Comment on Evaluation Process Essence of Ivy Academy Standard for Review Evidence in Support of Ivy Academy Conclusion. Procedural Background.

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ivy academy

Ivy Academy

Appeal Hearing

  • Brief Procedural Background
  • Comment on Evaluation Process
  • Essence of Ivy Academy
  • Standard for Review
  • Evidence in Support of Ivy Academy
  • Conclusion
procedural background
Procedural Background
  • State application form received by HC and State – one week before deadline
  • Two denials from HC
procedure continued
Procedure, continued
  • 1st denial – two page grading rubric with just a few vague reasons for point deductions
  • 2nd denial – 10 page grading rubric with more complete and more objective reasons for point deductions.
  • If the complete objective response was provided with first HC evaluation would we even be to the appeals stage?
who is ivy academy
Who is Ivy Academy?

Personal – 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio

84 total students per teacher

public school
!!! Public School !!!
  • Aligned with HCDE Strategic Plan
  • Aligned with purpose of charter school law
  • Serving at risk and other students
learning environment
Learning Environment
  • Small Class Groups
  • Themed learning
  • Project-based learning
  • Outdoor “classrooms”
  • Longer class periods
standard for review
Standard for Review

…contrary to the best interests of the pupils, school district or community…

Tenn. Code Ann. §49-19-108(3)

contrary to existing need nclb history
Contrary to Existing NeedNCLB History
  • History of AYP in district
  • 6 High Priority schoolsin HC system on 2007- 2008 list

Tennessee Department of Education – Report Cardwww.state.tn.us/education

hcde strategic plan and strategies
HCDE Strategic Plan and Strategies
  • Goal: High academic achievement from proficient to advanced.
  • Strategy: Team with local universities, business and community leaders to make students competitive in the global arena
  • Ivy: Already has partners helping design educational opportunities for students
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HCDE Strategic Plan and Strategies
  • Goal: Move from proficient to advanced.
  • Strategy: Innovative ideas and strategies
  • Ivy: Our innovative teaching methods and environment are ideas and strategies that will help HCDE achieve this goal
hcde strategic plan and strategies2
HCDE Strategic Plan and Strategies
  • Goal: Empower Schools with Freedom and Flexibility
  • Strategy: Expand curriculum to provide successful enrichment programs …research-based programs used as academic designs…field studies of selected programs
  • Ivy: Our life-skills and other enrichment programs will implement this strategy and we can be an in-house study providing data for HCDE’s success
hcde strategic plan and strategies3
HCDE Strategic Plan and Strategies
  • Goal: District Accountability
  • Strategy: Put resources and decision-making close to the classroom
  • Ivy: This is also part of the intent of the charter school law and we look forward to being able to put our energy where it serves best: with students in the classroom.
purpose of charter school law
Purpose of Charter School Law
  • Encourage the use of different and innovativeteaching methods
  • Provide greaterdecision makingauthorityto schools and teachers in exchange for greater responsibility for student performance
  • To provide an alternative means within thepublic school system for ensuring accomplishment

Tenn. Code Ann. §49-13-102

conclusion ivy is
Conclusion – Ivy is:
  • Aligned with the HCDE Strategic Plan’s Goals and Strategies
  • Aligned with the purpose of the charter school law
  • Prepared to begin operations with the approval of charter status
  • Aggressively dedicated to succeeding
it would contrary to the best interests of
It Would Contrary to the Best Interests of
  • Students– The at-risk population exists and would be denied the opportunity to shift within the HC system to an environment that will help them succeed…tragic
  • School District – To refuse to avail themselves of a ready, willing, and able agent of its own strategies for success under its 2011 plan…counterproductive
  • Community– To deny this unique and timely approach for HC and Ivy to partner for success and reap both local and possibly national recognition…illogical
it s about
It’s About

Students and teachers

Learning together

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  • http://casweb.ou.edu/home/news/events/images/aboutus_4students.jpg
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