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Important Terms

Important Terms 

Alternative Learning Experience (ALE): For legal requirements contained in WAC 392-121-182.

Annual Assessment: A test that measures a student’s academic progress each year per WAC 392-121-182. At North Star, full-time students take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in grades 3-8. In addition 5th and 8th grade students take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science. 
At the high school level, students will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) in English and Math. In the Spring of 2018 11th grade students will also take the Washington Comprehensive Assessment of Science.

Limited Defined Employees (LDEs): These Mead School District employees are individuals who act as club advisors for North Star club activities

Essential Academic Learning Requirement (EALR): Learning standards developed from the Basic Education Act of 1993 that define what all students should know and be able to do at each grade level.

Full Time Equivalent (FTE)
: An enrollment term that provides the basis for basic education funding.
Instructional Materials: Curricular materials used to facilitate instruction of a student.
Monthly Review: Summary of student learning progress in each subject area within the Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP), recorded in WINGS each month. Our teachers review work samples and conduct learning probes, conduct weekly student contact and make a professional determination as to whether or not the student is making satisfactory progress toward accomplishment of the learning goals and performance objectives set forth in the WSLP.
Non-Returnable Instructional Materials: Items not reusable by more than one student, such as workbooks, lab materials, etc. These items are considered “used up” during the course and need not be returned.
Returnable Instructional Materials: Those materials that retain their value and can be used again by subsequent students such as textbooks and literature books. These items must ultimately be returned.
District Assessments: The state assessments include WAKids assessment for Kindergarten students and the MAP for 1-12 grade students. 
Weekly Contact: Required, direct personal interaction between a student and his or her teacher on a weekly basis for the purpose of instruction, review of assignments, testing, evaluation of student progress or other learning activities. Please note that contact between a parent/guardian and a teacher cannot be counted in place of direct student/teacher interaction and communication.
Written Student Learning Plan (WSLP): A written plan developed to guide student learning goals and performance objectives for the school year. The WSLP is written for the student by a certified teacher The WSLP is a requirement for all enrolled students.
WINGS: An internet-based student data management program used by parents or guardians and North Star staff for the majority of student learning progress documentation.
MEPP: Mead Educational Partnership Program, is the name for the school which included two alternative programs made up of North Star and the Five Mile Prairie program. The Five Mile program is located at the historic Five Mile Prairie School. The North Star campus is located 10220 N. Nevada Street. Both Partnership programs operate under the Washington State Law governing Alternative Learning Experience (ALE) programs (WAC 392-121-182), which shapes many facets of these programs. For a more comprehensive understanding, please read and refer to the ALE law. The full text of WAC 392-121-182 can be found by searching the Washington State Legislature’s webpage at