Targets across grades 5-8 varied. 3 of the 12 targets fell from previous scores and 5th science calls for immediate attention to reverse the trend. Science, K-6 is being reviewed for scheduling, materials and training. 6th reading rose 4 points to 45 but is still behind pace towards 5-year goals. The 6th grade reading ELL subgroup was small in numbers but none of the count met grade-level proficiency in that area.
5 of the 12 targets show growth but not at the desired target level. We will continue to invest in support of these areas of need. 2 of the 12 areas show success in targeted growth for the entire grade level and 2 of the 12 areas of success were for specific sub-groups that are learning gap concerns. All four groups met the goals for this last year. We will continue to move towards the 3-5 years goals and invest in the above-named strategies to support the needed raise in achievement levels.
5th grade science: In science, all grade levels have committed to teaching 90-180 minutes of science weekly by reworking master schedules and collectively committing to teaching science as a core subject. Professional development and guidance is being provided for every grade level through grade level science representatives who work together to learn the new NGSS, develop NGSS-aligned science lessons and units, and lead their grade level PLC teams to implement these new standards and units into weekly instruction. Fidelity to these implementation plans is ensured through PLC and Science lead feedback and collaboration with building leadership.
6th grade math: All grade levels have committed to instructional minimums of 60 minutes of math core instruction and 30 minutes of math intervention for students not meeting standard. We are regularly analyzing iReady diagnostic and growth-monitoring data and incorporating I-Ready online and teacher-driven instruction for both small group interventions and individualized independent practice. Both para-educators and certificated staff are being trained to implement and use iReady. All grade levels are engaging in ongoing data inquiry cycles to identify problems of practice and respond to student needs in math. Extended learning programs (XLT) emphasize math intervention for students performing below level. *Similar efforts are underway for 6th grade reading as well.
EL students continue to be one of our lowest-performing sub-groups. Ongoing PD is being provided to EL para-educators and teachers to incorporate EL best practices into daily instruction as well as specific ELD programs and interventions. Depending on need, two computer programs - Lexia and Imagine Learning – are being used for our lower-level EL students’ daily instruction and additional ELD services are being targeted to students of greatest need. High need EL students receive additional support through our XLT program with supplemental I-Ready and small group instruction. ELP subgroup data is disaggregated in every data inquiry cycle to analyze effectiveness of efforts to close the achievement gap between EL students and All students.