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The teaching staff at NOVA consists of 13 teachers. Nine teachers are fully credentialed while two are interns in core subjects and two others are working on credentials in non-core areas. Being a small school puts a certain amount of stress on schedules and course offerings, trying to make the teachers’ backgrounds fit the needs of the student body, but the staff is very positive and willing to take on additional preparation themselves to make the best opportunities available for students.

Teaching, Administrative, and Other Staff, Fall 2009

Indicator

Number of Staff

Total teaching staff

13

 

 

 

With full credential (Preliminary/Clear)

9










NCLB Highly Qualified

10










Without full credential (Internship/Other)

4










Teaching outside subject area of competence

2










With advanced degrees

4










Years at NOVA

1yr 1

2-3yr 6

4-5 yr 5

7yr 1

Years in education

2-3yr 3

4-5yr 5

>5yr 4

>10yr 1

CLAD

5










BCLAD

1










BTSA

2










Gender

F 10

M 3







Ethnicity

Hisp 2

Af-Am 0

White 10

Asian 1

Total administrative staff

4










With advanced degrees

2










Years at NOVA

4yr 2

5yr 0

6yr 1

7yr 1

Years in education

2-5 yr 1

6-10yr 1

>10yr 1

>20yr 1

Gender

F 4

M 0







Ethnicity

Hisp 0

Af-Am 1

White 3

Asian 0

Other Staff

9










With Associates Degree

3










With Bachelors Degree

4










Gender

F 6

M 3







Ethnicity

Hisp 3

Af-Am 1

White 5

Asian 0

The school provides a variety of staff development throughout the year, including a two-week workshop at the beginning of each year. Professional development offerings have included instructional design, instructional strategies and classroom managements, among others.

Student Performance Data

Since its restructuring in 2006, North Valley Charter Academy has had an overall growth in API, including a 98 point growth in the 2006-2007 school year. Compared to both middle schools and to high schools in the local area, NOVA has had admirable success, with the disaggregated middle school API ranking slightly higher among local area schools than the high school scores. In all areas but math, students’ scores on CST’s show consistent improvement in the numbers of students moving into higher performance bands. Substantial improvement in Science is particularly noticeable in grades 6—8. Improvement in ELA and History/Social Science is clear in grades 9-11, but low math scores persist, as well as a much lower showing in Science at the high school level.





North Valley Charter Academy

Academic Performance Index 2006-2009




API Score (Growth)

API Base

API Target

Annual

Growth

Statewide

Rank

Similar

Schools

Rank

Met all

API

Targets

2006

577

575

579

2

1

1

No

2007

665

567

588

98

4

5

Yes

2008

643

665

672

-22

3

1

No

2009

680

646

654

34

N/A

N/A

Yes



Grades 6-8

Percent of Students Proficient or Advanced 2006-2009

Subject

2006

2007

2008

2009

English-Language Arts

19

22

31

32

Mathematics

13

16

24

16

Science

4

33

28

66

History-Social Science

11

17

21

24



Grades 9-11

Percent of Students Proficient or Advanced 2006-2009

Subject

2006

2007

2008

2009

English-Language Arts

18

43

32

34

Mathematics

3

2

1

4

Science

12

9

16

8

History-Social Science

12

23

36

52

Because of low scores in Algebra I and a lack of progress to the Proficient level, the school decided to make Algebra I a 2-year course rather than a single year. The goal is not only to improve test scores but also to provide students with a stronger knowledge base to give them success with geometry and advanced algebra courses.

General Math

Algebra I

Geometry

Algebra II



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