At the March Board of Education meeting, Assistant Superintendent Shelley Hilderbrand presented our school district’s results on the 2015 Local Report Card. For the first time, these results represented our district’s scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing. Concerns about the PARCC testing led to Ohio moving to a different set of student assessments for the 2015 – 2016 school year.
Mrs. Hilderbrand shared the test results with the Board and stressed that our district has work to do so that all of our students are learning and progressing in all areas. An area of celebration was our progress scores in grades 4 through 8 in English Language Arts (ELA). Students in each grade 4 – 8 made more than a year’s growth in the area of English Language Arts. The progress scores are also known as value-added scores. These scores measure teaching and learning by looking at the test data and determining whether or not students have made the expected amount of academic progress in a year’s time. The progress scores show that our student in grades 4 – 8 in the area of English Language Arts are making more than a year’s worth of progress in a year’s time and we are very proud of this accomplishment.
Mrs. Hilderbrand explained to the Board that our district and our teachers are very focused on the area of reading. We know that each test, whether it is a math test, science test, or social studies test, is also a reading test and being able to read and comprehend text is critical to the success of our students. Mrs. Hilderbrand reviewed the many strategies that our teachers have implemented this year in the ELA area. These include staff development for our teachers that focuses on effective teaching strategies in the ELA area. Also new this school year, is a daily intervention and enrichment time built into the schedule that allows staff to target each student’s specific reading needs. Regular and frequent progress monitoring in reading is used to assess our students’ academic performance and evaluate the effectiveness of classroom instruction. We also have purchased updated materials and resources for our students and teachers in the ELA area.
We know there is work to be done to improve student achievement and progress in all areas. We continue to analyze our test data and plan to implement some of the same strategies that have had a positive impact on student progress in English Language Arts in the other academic areas. If you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.
Reach Supt. Susan Gunnell at 237-6300 or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.