College & Career Readiness Assessment Community Stakeholder Consultation
Assessment Letter to Stakeholders
Dear Parents and Community Members,
Since 2018 Byng Public Schools has chosen to administer the ACT for the English and Math requirement for state testing purposes. Students in grades 3-8 test using the Oklahoma School Testing Program (OSTP) measurements including English, Math, and Science. Students in 11th grade take a College and Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA) in English, Math, Science, and US History. For the English and Math portions Byng students take the ACT. The tests are given in order to stay in compliance with state and federal law, and 95% of all students must be assessed.
The tests measure student growth in regards to the comprehensive Oklahoma Academic Standards, which are tied to college and career readiness. In compliance with Section 1111(b)(2)(H) of ESSA, Byng Public Schools would like to provide community stakeholders with an opportunity to provide meaningful input regarding our district’s intent to request permission to administer the ACT in lieu of the statewide assessment for Math and Reading. Please click on the following link to complete the survey: CCRA ACT Stakeholder Survey
Thank you for everything you do to help make our school district successful!
District Testing Coordinator/Federal Programs Director
Federal funds received by Byng Public Schools allow us to implement research-based initiatives that supplement and enhance our School’s outstanding educational programs. Title I is the Federal program that provides funding to school districts to improve the academic achievement of disadvantaged students and is part of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act first passed in 1965. The Act is reauthorized by Congress, and often given a new name. In 2002 it was reauthorized as the No Child Left Behind Act. Most recently, it was reauthorized in 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).
Sites qualify for Title I funding based upon their free or reduced lunch percentage. All Byng Schools are designated as schoolwide sites, which are able to use Title I, Part A funds to supplement services, programs and activities that impact the entire school population. The programs must use effective methods and instructional strategies that are grounded in scientifically-based research. Services are determined by each school’s yearly schoolwide plan.
The federal definition of homelessness used by all public schools in the United States includes children and youth who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition specifically includes children and youth living in shelters, transitional housing, cars, campgrounds, motels, and sharing the housing of others temporarily due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reasons. This is the same definition of homelessness used by Head Start, special education, child nutrition, and other federal family and youth programs.
At Byng, students are primarily identified at enrollment or through the school Counselor. Families or students who believe that they are homeless, should identify themselves as such to the school Counselor.
Byng Public Schools is required to identify a person to act as a Homeless Liaison. This person's duties involve training school staff in identification procedures, serving as an advocate for homeless students, arranging for services and arbitrating disputes that may arise.
Byng’s Homeless Liaison is Staci Capps, Director of Federal Programs and may be reached at 580-310-6753.
Report Fraud, Waste, and Abuse. To report fraud, waste, abuse, misuse or mismanagement of U.S. Department of Education (ED) program funds (this could include complaints concerning employees, fund recipients, educational institutions, contractors, collection agencies, or lending institutions), please use the online Hotline Complaint Form.
If you prefer, you may contact the Inspector General's Hotline by:
Inspector General's Hotline
Office of Inspector General
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20202-1500
Fax: (202) 245-7047
Your report may be made anonymously or in confidence. No classified information should be submitted to the Hotline. If your complaint involves classified information, please submit your contact information to the Hotline (via phone or complaint form) and request that you be contacted to make separate arrangements so we can receive your complaint.
FEDERAL PROGRAMS COMPLAINTS
The district receives federal funds and has established a complaint process to help ensure compliance with federal grant requirements. Any student, parent, community member or employee who believes the district has violated any regulation connected with the expenditure of federal funds should notify the district using the process outlined in the Board of Education Policy, which governs complaints.