In 2022, OLP received all “highly effective” scores from the NCEA (National Catholic Education Association) accreditation site visit for its work on defining specific goals and showing evidence of growth toward achieving them.
Every six years, Catholic schools go through a national accreditation process. This process involves a year long self study conducted at the school by its own self-selected team that includes the principal. The report written from this year-long self study is presented to a visiting team of administrators and teachers who evaluate the authenticity of the report with classroom visits and meetings with parents, students and staff. A Report of Findings is the culminating summary of their evaluation. It is typical for some schools to have a three year visit in between the formal, full process. OLP’s accreditation was done in 2018-19. The three year visit was completed in the spring of 2022. OLP received marks of “Excellence” in all areas of growth since the original accreditation toward its identified goals at that time. The next full accreditation process is scheduled for 2024-25. Meanwhile, the principal submits annual updates to the NCEA.
Below are the revised goals set forth in 2022 as a focus for our school in the next three years. These are not the ONLY goals, but they are the ones that were identified for top priority with regard to NCEA.
Better utilize, integrate, and internalize the 6 Tiger Pillar SLEs throughout the culture of OLP. This should be evidenced by anecdotal narrative, monthly pillar themes, student assemblies, and student pillar rubrics as well as 8th grade Tiger Pillar Awards.
Improve reading achievement as evidenced by yearly increased STAR scores using a baseline school average of 26% at, or above standard (fall of 2020). Targeted gains include: 1) 60% of students at, or above grade level (Archdiocese standards of 65 PR) by end of school year 2022, and 70% by the end of school year 2023. By the next formal visit in 2024, OLP school-wide reading scores should average 75% of OLP students being at, or above, grade level (in the green).
Improve reading achievement by encouraging and enhancing reading development and student motivation to read using a series of researched based instructional strategies and consistent standards-based curriculum scaffolded across grade levels. Improvement will be evidenced by surveys, AR participation, reading logs and STAR scores.
Use technology to improve student learning through specific use of digital assessments, curriculum materials/instruction, and digital communication among students, parents, principal and teachers. Evidence would include work samples, principal observations, and communication samples.
Implement and utilize a STEP protocol to address the needs of students who are not progressing as expected.