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ESSER III Plan - June 11, 2021

Eustace ISD

ESSER III Plan

 

Comments, questions, or thoughts about EISD’s ESSER Plan? An email hotline has been established for you to share your views on ESSER III funding. Email us at ESSERIII@eustaceisd.net.

Intent to Apply

Eustace ISD intends to apply to receive the Elementary and Secondary Emergency Relief funds (ESSER III). EISD has been allotted $3,887,830. The federal government has released 2/3 of the funds for schools to use now. EISD has $2,591,887 available for use now.

Meetings with Stakeholders

April 29, 2021 – Meeting with Principals, Special Programs Director, Curriculum Director, Student Services Director, and Business Manager

May 10, 2021 – Meeting with DEIC – Included staff members, students, community members, and parents.

May 12, 2021 – Meeting with Middle School and High School Students

May 15, 2021 – Parent Survey on the use of ESSER III Funds

May 17, 2021 – Meeting with Board Members and community members

May 20, 2021 – Meeting with Technology Integration Specialists from each campus.

May 26, 2021 – Meeting with campus administrators, curriculum director, director of student services, and special programs director to discuss class-size reduction ideas, funding considerations, and other campus needs as specified in their needs assessment.

June 7, 2021 – Called board meeting to consider technology purchases.

 

Priorities Adopted by Board

At the regular monthly board meeting on May 17, 2021, the EISD Board of Trustees adopted a plan for the use of the ESSER Funds that included: class-size reduction, focus on expanding summer school for students, and safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19. The main areas of focus came from discussions with the various stakeholders and parent surveys.

 

Technology Needs

In a meeting held with the technology integration specialists from all campuses, various technology needs were addressed. First, the TIS gave a report about the Prowise Chromebooks that we received with our Prowise interactive monitors. The batteries were starting to swell and become increasingly hotter when recharged. It was noted that in some cases the batteries became so hot that they started to smoke. The district received over 500 of these Prowise Chromebooks. When asked about replacement batteries, the only ones available were the kind that came with the Chromebooks. For safety reasons, these Chromebooks were removed from the district.

The next item discussed was the amount of wear and tear that our Chromebooks received during this past school year. Counting the spring semester of 2020, Chromebooks were sent home and returned multiple times.

It was also brought up that with the addition of new teachers, we will need additional sets of Chromebooks for each classroom. Based on recommendations from different stakeholders, EISD is looking at add 10 new teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year. Each teacher is provided a cart with 22 Chromebooks in each cart. That would require an addition of 220 new Chromebooks.

The Primary School indicated that they would like to replace the old desktops in the computer lab with new Chromebooks. The Intermediate and Middle School also discussed having a dedicated group of Chromebooks for state testing.

In our meeting with Middle School and High School students, the students commented that Chromebooks have limited usefulness in math classes. They stated that touchscreens were much better in math classes than regular Chromebooks.

Considering the above, the number of requested Chromebooks totaled 1,200. This included 250 touchscreen Chromebooks for math classes at the Middle School and High School.

The Primary and Intermediate requested additional iPads to add to the current count of iPads at each campus. The iPads would also require a protective cover. The number of iPads requested was 117.

It was also discussed that we have several older desktops that need to be replaced. A total of 68 desktops (including the replacement of a lab of computers at the High School) were requested.

Finally, as the district has done for years, all new teachers to EISD receive a laptop. Considering the new positions to be added next school years, EISD will need 30 new teacher laptops.

 

 

Student Data

High School

Science

Eustace High School examined the performance of students in Integrated Physics and Chemistry. The High School also examined the class sizes of their IPC classes as well as other science classes.

As the data indicates, student averages in IPC have declined yearly since 2018.  Prior to COVID, the class average was in the “B” range.  After COVID, the class average is now in the “mid-C” range.

IPC 2018

Average Final Grade: 86.4

IPC 2019

Average Final Grade: 82.0

IPC 2020

Average Final Grade: 81.0

IPC 2021

Average Final Grade: 76.6

Current Science Department Information

Program

# Teachers

# Classes

# Students Served

Class AVG

S/Per T

Science

4

26

413

15.9

103.3

 

 

Projected Science Department Information after teacher added (7 additional classes)

Program

# Teachers

# Classes

# Students Served

Class AVG

S/Per T

Science

5

33

413

12.5

82.6

 

 

Middle School

Eustace Middle School examined the results of the STAAR testing from 2019 and compared it with the results from spring 2021. The Middle School examined reading, math and writing STAAR results.

Math

8th Grade class from 2019 to 2021:

Decreased 14% Mastery

Held at 49% Meets

Decreased 11% Approaches

 

7th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Decreased 18% Mastery

Decreased 29% Meets

Decreased 40% Approaches

 

6th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Decreased 24% Mastery

Decreased 25% Meets

Decreased 10% Approaches 

 

Student Growth determined by TEA on performance of STAAR also dropped from 2019 to 2021 almost 15% in all 3 Math grades. 

Reading and Writing

8th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Maintained or improved all three levels

 

7th grade class from 2019 to 2021

Held at 14% Mastery

Increased 1% Meets

Decreased 5% Approaches

 

6th Grade class from 2019 to 2021

Decreased 17% Masters

Decreased 18% Meets

Decreased12% Approaches

 

Student Growth determined by TEA on performance of STAAR held in 6th and 8th grade. 7th Grade under 50% growth for the first time in our 5-year comparison. 

 

7th Grade Writing class from 2018 to 2021 (4th Grade Writing compared to 7th Grade Writing)

Increased 8% Mastery

Decreased 9% Meets

Increased 8% Approaches

 

Although Writing does not have a TEA assigned Growth number, The writing scores compared to the 2019 7th grade writing scores showed: 

Decrease 8% Mastery

Decrease 15% Meets

Decrease 3% Approaches

 

Intermediate School

3rd Grade Scores from 2018 and 2019 compared to 2021

 

Reading:

2018 - 91% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 - 92% Approaches, 48% Meets, 28% Masters

2021 - 74% Approaches, 40% Meets, 17% Masters

 

Math:

2018 - 92% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 - 90% Approaches, 48% Meets, 28% Masters

2021 - 68% Approaches, 17% Meets, 7% Masters

 

3rd Grade has no prior data, so it is compared to the data from previous years with a significant drop.

 

 4th Grade Scores from 2018 and 2019 compared to 2021

 

Reading:

2018 - 85% Approaches, 41% Meets, 17% Masters

2019 - 86% Approaches, 53% Meets, 24% Masters

2021 - 78% Approaches, 35% Meets, 13% Masters

 

Math:

2018 - 83% Approaches, 47% Meets, 25% Masters

2019 - 88% Approaches, 58% Meets, 33% Masters

2021 - 81% Approaches, 42% Meets, 24% Masters

 

Writing:

2018 -65% Approaches, 42% Meets, 6% Masters

2019 - 77% Approaches, 36% Meets, 11% Masters

2021 - 61% Approaches, 36% Meets, 3% Masters

 

4th Grade has no prior data, so it is compared to the data from previous years with a significant drop.


5th Grade Scores from 2018 and 2019 compared to 2021 for the same students

Reading:

2018 - 91% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 -No Data

2021 - 84% Approaches, 49% Meets, 32% Masters

 

Math:

2018 - 92% Approaches, 43% Meets, 23% Masters

2019 - No Data

2021 - 76% Approaches, 49% Meets, 32% Masters

 

Science (2018 and 2019 compared to 2021):

2018 -88% Approaches, 42% Meets, 6% Masters

2019 - 81% Approaches, 36% Meets, 11% Masters

2021 - 80% Approaches, 39% Meets, 11% Masters

 

5th Grade data compared to the last time tested with would have been as 3rd graders.  There has been a significant drop in students approaching grade level standards due to gaps because of COVID.

Primary School

ELAR

Kindergarten Star Early Literacy

In kindergarten, instruction focuses on baseline data in the areas of alphabet knowledge, sound recognition, sight words, name writing, rhyming etc.   

Kindergarten teachers feel the students that returned to school after the Covid closures and virtual learning, were much lower academically that previous years. 

The majority of student did not register on diagnostic testing due to lack of computer skills. 

Historical Data

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Middle of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

65%

49%

On Watch

11%

20%

Intervention

14%

15%

Urgent Intervention

10%

16%

 

Kindergarten to 1st Grade – Star Early Literacy

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

65%

57%

On Watch

11%

12%

Intervention

14%

20%

Urgent Intervention

10%

11%

 

1st Grade to 2nd Grade – Star Early Literacy

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

77%

46%

On Watch

14%

9%

Intervention

5%

22%

Urgent Intervention

5%

24%

 

MATH

Kindergarten

In kindergarten, instruction focuses on baseline data in the areas of number identification, counting, addition, subtraction, and the use of computers. 

Kindergarten teachers feel the students that returned to school after the Covid closures and virtual learning, were much lower academically that previous years. 

The majority of student did not register on diagnostic testing due to lack of computer skills. 

 

 

 

1st Grade – Star Math

Historical Data

Levels

Beginning of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

82%

78%

On Watch

12%

11%

Intervention

4%

10%

Urgent Intervention

2%

0%

 

1st Grade to 2nd Grade – Star Math

Levels

Middle of Year 2020

Beginning of Year 2021

At/Above Benchmark

82%

48%

On Watch

12%

14%

Intervention

4%

19%

Urgent Intervention

2%

19%

 

In looking at the student data, the findings lend support to the priorities adopted by the board. Eustace ISD is in the process of hiring additional teachers in the following grade levels: K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-8th grade math, 6th-8th grade science, 8th grade writing, and High School science. The goal of adding these additional teachers is to lower the class size in one or more subjects at every campus in the district. We are also adding two additional paraprofessionals at the Primary School. These additions will be financed through ESSER III funds for the next three years.

In addition, the district is committed to providing a more comprehensive summer school program. Over the next three summers (including Summer 2021), EISD will use ESSER III funds to fund more teachers and at a higher daily rate than ever before for summer school. As a result, EISD will be able to serve more students in summer school. While we have focused mainly on students with excess absences and/or students that have failed one or more classes, now we will be able to serve students that have fallen behind in their learning due to the pandemic.

 

How to Participate

If you have comments, ideas, or questions about the ESSER Program, we have created an email address to send your feedback. Please email us your thoughts at ESSERIII@eustaceisd.net. We look forward to hearing from you.