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Why We Got Involved…. Bellwood-Antis Middle School PSSA Data 2003. 2003 Grade 5 Reading. 53.8% of Economically Disadvantaged students were proficient or advanced vs. 68.2% of all students. 2003 Grade 5 Math.

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Why We Got Involved…

Bellwood-Antis Middle School

PSSA Data

2003


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2003 Grade 5 Reading

  • 53.8% of Economically Disadvantaged students were proficient or advanced vs. 68.2% of all students.


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2003 Grade 5 Math

  • 46.2% of Economically Disadvantaged students were proficient or advanced vs. 61.1% of all students.


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2003 Grade 8 Reading

  • 51.4% of Economically Disadvantaged students were proficient or advanced vs. 77.9% of all students.


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2003 Grade 8 Math

  • 23.5% of Economically Disadvantaged students were proficient or advanced vs. 44.4% of all students.


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Research shows (Brophy, Good, Barton, Parrett) that the very techniques used to help bring success to struggling learners improve teaching practices, the learning environment and results for all students.

Pennsylvania State Board of Education


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PAGE 1SCHOOLS

  • Analyze and realign curriculum as needed for success.

  • Set high standards for all students, backed by substantial support.

  • Encourage parent involvement


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Best Practices Research

  • Best Practices Research

    • The NCEA Best Practice Framework helps school systems across the country identify opportunities to “raise academic standards and increase student learning.” Practices discerned from over 350 high performing schools are the basis for the design. Access the framework at http://www.just4kids.org/


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Bellwood-Antis Middle School Improvement Plan

Three areas of focus:

  • Curriculum alignment

  • Benchmark assessments

  • Remedial programs


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I. Curriculum Alignment

  • Improvement Target: Align the math and language arts curricula with assessment anchors and eligible content.

  • Developed curriculum maps for each course in the Middle School and developed reading and math portfolios to assist in tracking student progress.


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II. Benchmark Assessments

  • Improvement Target: Develop nine week assessments in math and language arts that measure overall student progress and the progress of disaggregate groups toward alignment of proficiency on the PA standards as defined by assessment anchors and eligible content in all subject areas.


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Scanners and Principia Software

  • Allow for quick statistical analysis of benchmark assessments.

  • Teachers administer test using approved format (bubble sheet) and submit for scoring.

  • Within minutes, reports can be produced that detail individual and group performance.

  • Reports also include student / group performance on specific assessment anchors and eligible content.

  • Data can be maintained electronically for longitudinal examination.


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III. Remedial Programs

  • Improvement Target: Develop and implement remedial programs that effectively address individual student remedial needs in language arts and math as identified by nine-week assessments and PSSA results.

  • Operate after school programs – 21st Century Learning Grant.

  • Partially funded by ABG

  • Use of Portfolios


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Questions

  • G. Brian Toth – [email protected]

  • Bellwood-Antis School District

    (814) 742-227 1 (phone)

    (814) 742-9049 (fax)


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