In all schools, we have established opportunities for our faculties to meet regularly in study groups to look at students’ data and work together. VUHS and ACS meet monthly in study groups or grade level teams to review students’ progress and learn new instructional strategies. Data Teams meet regularly at FCS and VUES with the purpose of reviewing progress and determining next steps for instruction. Trained teacher leaders facilitate their groups with the support of their principals. The ANWSU teacher leaders are a key resource in allowing us to tap into the strong expertise of our own teachers in improving our schools’ programs.
Other Assessment Data
As we grow in our
understanding of the stories data can tell us, we continue to expand on
our consistency within the district and on the types of data we can
collect and review.
FALL 2011 GRADE 7 RESULTS
Note: Grades 8 and 10 are administered this assessment during the spring. Grade 7 is administered this assessment in both fall and spring. Grades 3-6 spring administration is optional.
In the 2010-2011 school year we assessed all first graders in the district at the end of the year using the Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment. ANWSU's target for the end of first grade is a text level I (refers to the level of difficulty of the text). On the assessment, students are expected to read leveled books accurately, fluently and with appropriate comprehension. In the Spring of 2011, two of our three elementary schools had 86% of the first grade students performing at or above the expectation and the third elementary school reached 90%. Performance on this measure is used by teachers to inform instruction and determine any necessary interventions. It is also a valuable tool for reporting to parents. The district will continue to use this valuable assessment as a means of measuring student progress and program effectiveness.
We are also in the process of developing more comprehensive local assessments for math. As each assessment is implemented, we will begin the process of integrating the assessment into our comprehensive analysis of the data.