January 4, 2013
Dear Berlin Families,
You are most likely already aware that Berlin Elementary is working with the Department of Education and various content area experts to improve student outcomes as measured by the NECAP test scores. Our school, along with 72 percent of Vermont Schools, was been identified as a school in need of improvement as defined by the No Child Left Behind legislation after the Department of Education significantly increased performance indicators last year. Berlin has entered the corrective action phase of School Improvement.
As a result, we are required to set aside 20 percent of our Title I grant funds to provide outside tutoring services for all students who qualify for free or reduced lunch. In the event that there is not enough funding to serve all students who qualify, priority will be given to the lowest performing students. Students do not need to actually take free or reduced lunch to take advantage of supplemental tutoring. They must only qualify for free or reduced lunch. A student’s actual performance on the NECAP assessments does not factor into their eligibility for free tutoring services. Even students who did well on the NECAP test can access this service.
If you intend to take advantage of supplemental tutoring services for your child, please let me know in writing by Friday, January 25, 2013. Please indicate who you have selected as a provider, or if you need assistance. Please note that the school will not be responsible for tutoring costs incurred prior to us contracting with your chosen provider. A list of supplemental tutoring service providers is attached. These service providers are approved by the Department of Education. Only approved providers qualify for payment under this funding. We are not allowed to recommend any particular provider. Tutoring services may not occur during the school day. Families are responsible for providing transportation.
If you have any questions, please feel free to give me a call.