NJSLA Testing Presentation Part 2 – Conclusions (10-16-2019)

so what are our achievements and what have we noted We did adopt a new mathematics program for the elementary school we are keeping very close track of the effectiveness of that program of course also we’re tracking
and looking at it’s obviously a comprehensive program with a lot of PD
and includes a major shift to different types of instructional practices it does
include a very strong assessment component which we had implemented at
the beginning of last year which was the ready diagnostic we’re moving towards
the readers and writers workshop in the middle school and high school we are
focusing on vocabulary instruction across the content area that was a huge
discussion for us because not only did we use this the data points from the New
Jersey student learning assessments and the PARCC
we actually also use the other assessments that we have available which
one of them being LinkIt! that came up as an area of real focus for us we are
obviously have implemented a tiered systems of support we’re focusing very
heavily on social-emotional learning kids need to feel good and in order for
us to convey information to them so that’s a very important component for us
we’re focusing on data to drive our instruction we implemented as I shared
before a district-wide assessment committee you know that we are piloting
departmentalizing a fifth grade schedule both at the whiting school and MTES
there are two teachers that are teaching the math and two teachers that are focusing primarily on language arts and then of course our professional development is extremely
targeted based upon things that we see here but also based upon interest from
our staff what are the intervention strategies some of this is a little bit
repetitive but it’s certainly looking at our tiered systems of support our middle
school team and our high school team both Mr. Ninivaggi and Mrs. Raimondo
actually presented yesterday at a county meeting with two of the staff members
regarding NJTSS at the middle school high school it seems to come up at the
county level that most people are using NJ TSS and feel very comfortable at the
elementary level but they don’t feel as comfortable with the middle school and
the high school so we were asked to actually do a session on that and we
actually shared some of our documentation what we are using and then
obviously we will be having conversations with others throughout
the county we are also reviewing our outcomes by subgroups that’s very
important when we were actually QSAC that last year they were extremely
complimentary about our curriculum but really our focus was what are we to
giving to our subgroups so as I shared before we had our teachers come in and
really clearly identify those and then of course we’re looking at where are the
achievement gaps and making informed curriculum decisions what are our next
steps evaluate the instructional tools that
we’re using looking at the strategies looking at the methods looking at the
interventions that are implemented and adjusting we’re actually also planning
for enrichment want to be right shared before no level fives you know at a
certain level that’s a concern so how are we actually providing enrichment
identifying professional development drilling down the data using the tools
that we have such as LinkIt! for this articulation very much so continuing
that vertical and horizontal and articulation we have included Lakehurst
in a lots of our conversations we’ll continue to do that we also include
Lakehurst in our some of our professional development and then of course you know
keeping an eye on ways to support the block scheduling and
opportunities for college and career readiness these are some great questions and we actually have been talking to the
administrators about when you’re working with staff and you’re looking at this
data what kinds of questions because we all know what our picture of the data is
but it’s really important for the staff because they’re the ones working with
the students so what is their what are their ideas what is their picture of
it what questions do they have so really how do we really look at this data more
than just numbers how is it more about children and their needs you know we’re
talking about a lot of numbers here we started with a wonderful presentation
about the children and then presenting to Mr. Trethaway but really thought about
that and their needs so that is key how might we view the data as having
positive potential for our district for our school obviously looking at you know
the real student behind every piece of data that’s what NJ TSS is you know it’s
not just a number it’s really a kid of course then what are the stories behind
the data but also how do we kind of work with our colleagues how do we work
because we have so many experts amongst us how are we tapping into that
and of course you know looking for actionable steps to make a real
difference so our team is going to be meeting with all of the building
administration their assessment committee meetings and creating a really
actionable plan and so are there any questions

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