As the first semester of the 2016-17 school year comes to a close, let’s reflect on the highlights.
Last year, the District began the task of updating curriculums to meet the most current standards. The teachers in each Department are responsible for rewriting the curriculum with oversight from the Administration. The newly aligned English Language Arts (ELA), Music, and World Language curriculums are being implemented this year. The Math, Business, Technology Education, and Computer curriculums are being rewritten for implementation next year. A schedule is in place for completing the remaining courses.
At the Elementary School, a Hybrid Rotation was implemented as a trial last yearThis model provides three stations for the students to rotate through during ELA and Math instruction. The students enjoy it and the analyzed data supports student growth. Based on the successful results, the program has been expanded to include additional grades.
SchoolDigger.com released district and school rankings based on the 2016 PSSA and Keystone tests. There was an article sharing local results in the Press Enterprise on Sunday, January 8, 2017.
Millville Area School District has moved up 84 places in the rankings. The Jr/Sr High School has moved up 311 places while the Millville Elementary School has dropped 119 places. It is important to know that these tests are only a snapshot in a student’s life. Comparing the scores from year to year doesn’t paint a consistent picture of learning because of transiency, grade level testing versus instructional level, and stress levels. Simply put it is a one-dimensional look at the students and not an overall picture.
When PSSA and Keystone testing rolls around, we want every student to realize it is simply an assessment asking questions about topics they have already mastered. It should be equated to a unit or mid-term test.
We are proud that our overall rankings are improving; however, it would be much more beneficial if the state were to focus on the growth of each individual student during the year in which the test is given. We are looking at that data closely. Student growth helps us to find strengths as well as possible areas of concern within our curriculum. From here, we can make internal adjustments to keep the growth moving forward and upward for every student.
We anticipate an increase in our PSSA and Keystone test scores in 2017 because we have focused and relaxed students. It will be an amazing spring semester!