From the Superintendent
Over the last year or so since we have moved further and further away from the pandemic, many have asked if our students' academic achievement is showing signs of keeping pace with grade level expectations. This is certainly an important question and one we have been carefully monitoring for some time. Our Strategic Plan since 2020 has outlined priorities meant to ensure students are meeting academic benchmarks in all areas, especially English/language arts and mathematics. To that end, teachers developed Essential Standards that would ensure that the most important state curricular standards are emphasized at each grade level and content area.
The state assessment, created by the NorthWest Evaluation Association, is administered to all students in Maine in grades 3-8 and 11. The results over the last year show that overall 93% of our students are proficient in reading (compared to 85% statewide) and 90% of our students are proficient in math (compared to 81% statewide). The NWEA is a norm-referenced test which means that our students' proficiency is compared to all students nationally who take this assessment. We made a local decision years ago to use an assessment known as iReady in addition to the state assessment because it is criterion-based, which compares each students' proficiency to established state standards. Criterion-based assessments are more reliable in assessing students' achievement based on the knowledge and skills embedded in the state standards and curriculum.
Students' iReady assessment scores, which are administered 3 times per year in grades K-8, have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels this school year across the board. This is very good news, and shows that our instructional programming, teacher skillfulness, and academic intervention model are working. As one school example to share, below is an illustration of Mabel I. Wilson's overall academic progress from fall 2022 to winter 2023, which shows that the percentage of students in Tier 1 (meeting grade level curricular targets without additional support) rose from 32% to 59% in math and from 52% to 75% in reading.
GHS Pathways Coordinator Andrew Fersch organized the "Winter Olympics" for MIW students recently. High school students volunteered to spend time with MIW students playing games in the snow!
MSAD #51 Board of Directors Information
Effective August 22, unless otherwise noted, all meetings will take place at 6:00 pm in the Gyger Room at Greely High School. For those of you unfamiliar with that room, the Gyger Room is where the Board met pre-COVID and can be accessed from the GHS parking lot (the side without the electronic sign).
February 6 - Regular Meeting
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