Teaching Philosophy

School Improvement Plan for the Economically Disadvantaged
Rodney Landreth
Arkansas State University
Secondary School Curriculum
ELCI 6523
Audrey Bowser PhD
April 21, 2012

School Improvement Plan for the Economically Disadvantaged
This is a proposal for a school wide improvement plan for our economically disadvantaged students.   Our current student body enrollment is 1500, of those students, 30% come from homes that live below the national poverty line.   The total number of students has dropped by 500 over the last 10 years.   Average individual income in the county is $18,000.   Family income is slightly higher at $31,000 (Pulaski, Virginia, 2012).   These numbers have spiked because of the loss of two major employers.   We now have nearly 55% of the student body receiving free or reduced lunch (Virginia Department of Education, 2011).   These types of characteristics add to the identity that our school system is seeing as well as the reflection of what our high school looks like.   There are real issues with the secondary child because many of them know a better life but, because of layoffs the home is not as stable financially. It is hard for many to adjust without having teenage pressures affect them in a negative way in their social societies and academically.
Our attendance levels have been at an all-time low over the last 5 years in this particular sub-group.   The state mandated an attendance policy to be put into place for the student body.   This new standard went into action for the 2011-2012 school years.   As of March 2012, we had a 28% increase in this subgroup over this time 1 year ago (Pulaski County High School, 2012).
The data from our standardized testing show this group behind other schools and under the state standard of learning.   Our standards read that each sub-group must have a 95% passing rate on all state standards of learning.   The economically dis-advantaged in our division as a whole scored on average 15 points below the state...