District Annual Report Cover Letter

District Annual Education Report (AER) Cover Letter

April 4, 2016

Dear Parents and Community Members:

We are pleased to present you with the Annual Education Report (AER) which provides key information on the 2014-2015 educational progress for the Hudson Area Schools District and our schools. The AER addresses the complex reporting information required by Federal and some requirements of State laws. Our staff is available to help you understand this information. Please contact Denise Handy for help if you need assistance.

The AER is available for you to review electronically by visiting the following web site www.hudson.k12.mi.us or you may review a copy in the principal’s office at your child’s school.

The report contains the following information:

Student Assessment Data – Elementary or middle school assessment results on the Michigan Educational Assessment Program (MEAP), high school assessment results on Michigan Merit Exam (MME), and assessment results for students with disabilities on Michigan’s Alternative Assessment Program (MI-Access or MEAP-Access)

  • Presents achievement data for all five tested subjects (mathematics, reading, science, social studies and writing) compared to targets for all students as well as subgroups of students.
  • Helps parents understand achievement progress within schools and compare these to district and State achievement.

Accountability Scorecard – Detail Data and Status

Information is provided for the district and each school related to achievement targets in reading, writing, mathematics, science and social studies answering questions like:

  • Did the district (and schools) meet achievement targets for all students and subgroups of students?
  • Did the district (and schools) meet achievement growth targets for all students and subgroups of students?

Teacher Qualification Data

  • Identifies teacher qualifications at district and school levels
  • Reports percentage of core academic classes taught by teachers not considered highly qualified to teach such classes

NAEP Data (National Assessment of Educational Progress)

  • Provides State results of the national assessment in mathematics and reading every other year in grades 4 and 8

Review the table below listing our schools. The state has identified some schools with the status of Reward, Focus or Priority. A Reward school is one that is outperforming other schools in achievement, growth, or is performing better than other schools with a similar student population. A Focus school is one that has a large achievement gap in 30% of its student achievement scores. A Priority school is one whose achievement and growth is in the lowest 5% of all schools in the state. Some schools are not identified with any of these labels. In these cases no status label is given.

School Name

Status Label

Key initiative to accelerate achievement

Hudson High School

Reward Status

Extended Day Initiatives

Hudson Alt High School

No Status Label

Extended Learning Initiatives

Hudson Middle School

No Status Label

Extended Day Initiatives

Lincoln Elementary School

No Status Label

Extended Day Initiatives

Hudson Area Schools has one priority…the success of each and every student that we have the privilege to serve in our district. We take pride in watching our students grow over the years. It gives us great joy to see them grow in the knowledge of the world around them, to learn to use their gifts and abilities to serve a greater good, and to find their place in our shrinking world.

Hudson Area Schools not only serves all children, it serves the whole child. Our commitment is to provide each student an intellectually challenging environment that is physically and emotionally safe. We provide qualified and caring adults that help to create a learning environment where students can truly learn. We desire to actively engage our students in learning and connect them to our school and community. We believe it is important that students learn about, and practice healthy lifestyles. In the end, it is our goal to prepare students for college, for further study, and for employment in a global environment.

We are very proud that the elementary, middle school and high school programs continue to meet adequate yearly progress. The success of our students is due to the work of our quality staff and support of our families and community. This work is never complete. It is a continual process of improvement to which we fully commit ourselves. As a school district, we are thankful to have such commitment and support from our community. Your support is our strength. Our work together will lead to success.
It is our privilege to serve the community of Hudson and every student this community brings. We look forward to working with you during this  school year. Together we will make a difference. Working together, our students will succeed!

Sincerely,

Michael J. Osborne, Ph.D.
Superintendent
Hudson Area Schools