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Improving Mathematics Performance. February 14, 2013 Suffolk Public Schools. Focus Area I - Instruction. Implemented Strategic Staffing Model Created Opportunities for Greater Collaboration across the District and Region Sharing of Best Practice Lessons

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Improving mathematics performance

Improving Mathematics Performance

February 14, 2013

Suffolk Public Schools


Focus area i instruction

Focus Area I - Instruction

Implemented Strategic Staffing Model

Created Opportunities for Greater Collaboration across the District and Region

Sharing of Best Practice Lessons

Developed Curriculum Reference Guides (9-12)

Conducted Lesson Studies (Gr 7)

Developed additional Technology Enhanced Items

Beginning to implement Guided Math groups

Expanded flexible grouping practices


Focus area ii professional development

Focus Area II – Professional Development

  • Analyzing Student Performance by Question data

  • Guided Math

  • Concrete Representational Abstract Approach to Teaching

  • Using the M-Scan Framework to plan and conduct walkthroughs

  • Effective Use of Resource Folders


Focus area iii assessment

Focus Area III - Assessment

Increased local assessment rigor

Incorporated more open-ended items

Developed quarterly mathematics pre-assessments

Created additional opportunities for online testing at the local level

Created quarterly content review notes for student and teacher use


Focus area iv accountability

Focus Area IV - Accountability

Increased the monitoring of mathematics instruction by principals and central office staff

Increased collaboration within each school and across the district

Increased instructional support to schools


New assessments in english and science

New Assessments in English and Science

Preparing Students for Success

February 14, 2013


Standards implementation timeline

Standards Implementation Timeline

English/Writing:

  • Adopted 2010 and Infused in 2011

  • Fully Implemented in 2012

  • Field tested new online writing tool in 2012

  • Field tested new reading/writing content and Technology Enhanced Items (TEIs)in 2012

  • New standards assessed in 2013

    Science

  • Adopted 2010 and Fully Implemented in 2012

  • Field tested new content and TEIs in 2012

  • New standards assessed in 2013


Action steps

Action Steps

  • School Improvement Plan Reviews

  • Academic Reviews

  • Mid-year conferences with principals

  • Curriculum revisions

  • Comprehensive Literacy Plan revisions

  • Assessment revisions

  • Literacy Reviews (Elementary)

  • Monthly Principals’ meetings


Curriculum revisions

Curriculum Revisions

  • Beginning 2010, committees revised

    • Action plans and timelines

    • Pacing guides

    • Scope and sequences

    • Crosswalk comparisons

    • Lessons and labs for curriculum guides (science)

    • Content review notes and vocabulary

    • Local assessments


Elementary

Elementary


Reading

Reading

Suffolk Public Schools’ Literacy Committee

Representation from elementary schools and middle schools

Literacy Reviews

Conducted over the past two years as needs arise

Curriculum Development

Classroom Teachers, Academic Coaches, and

Lead Teachers serve

Ongoing Reading Assessments (K-2)

Cumulative Reading Assessments (3-5)


Reading1

Reading

Interventions/Response to Interventions

PALS, Words Their Way, Foundations K-2

Professional Development

Principals, Classroom and Title I Teachers, Academic Coaches, and Paraprofessionals

Monthly Steering Committee Meetings (K-5)


Writing

Writing

Two formal monitored writings each nine weeks (Expository, Persuasive, Narrative)

Internal and external monitoring occurs throughout the year

Online writing tool practice

Computer access for TEIs

VDOE Grade 5 Writing Reviews, Standard Settings, Prompt and Scoring Committee

Teacher/Lead Teacher representatives


Science

Science

  • Professional Development

    • VDOE Standards Presentations

    • VISTA – Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching & Achievement

    • Paraprofessionals, Teachers, and Principalswith emphasis on “Inquiry” based instruction

    • Sample lessons and experiments

  • Pre-assessments for grade 5 used as a diagnostic tool

  • Full Implementation and Assessments of New Standards


Middle

Middle


Reading2

Reading

  • English Implementation Committees

    Two years focusing on infusion and implementation

  • Format Change of Assessments

    One or paired passages and stand alone items without a passage

  • English Curriculum Overviews

    Focused on resources starting at pre-service

  • Virginia Department of Education Presentations

    At principals, vertical, city-wide, and school-based meetings

  • Online Practice Items--VDOE samples and locally developed TEIs


Writing1

Writing

  • Monitoring of Student Writings

    Quarterly reviews and feedback from teams of teachers

  • Online Writing Tools

    Practiced across grade levels (started spring 2012)

  • Mock WritingSessions

    Mirror the state approach

  • Writing Process Modification

    Writings per quarter have changed from two topics to one topic to better develop skills and deepen understanding of the process


Writing continued

Writing Continued

Writer’s Workshop

Based on informal writings, areas of improvement become a focus of intervention

Virginia Department of Education Presentations

At principals, vertical, city-wide, and school-based meetings


Science1

Science

  • Science Summer and Steering Committees

    Compared crosswalks, developed lessons and labs, updated content review notes for parents and students

    • Format Change of Assessments

      Practiced TEIs in 2012 Field tested TEIs in 2012TEIs count in 2013Local assessments reviewed and updated

  • Science Curriculum Overviews

    Focused on resources starting at pre-service


Science continued

Science Continued

  • Community Instructional Materials (e.g. Green Living Guides, Chesapeake Bay Foundation)

    • Participation in Region II Math and Science Coalition

      Industry leaders, local divisions, and colleges partner to provide training and student experiences


Improving mathematics performance

High


Reading3

Reading

  • Review of 2010 Standards

    • Instructors critiqued the draft of the 2010 standards and sent revisions/comments to VDOE coordinator for review

  • Updated Resources

    • English Curriculum Reference Guides, Assessments, and Content Review Notes for grades 9 and 10 were revised during summer curriculum of 2011

    • Standards were implemented in grades 9 and 10 during the 2011-2012 school year. Grades 11 and 12 continued to operate on the 2002 standards. Resources updated in 2012 for grades 11 and 12

    • Teachers created simulated TEI for reading this year


Reading4

Reading

  • Assessments

    • Local assessment items have been revised to include more non-fiction passages

  • Professional Development Activities (PDA)

    • Media Literacy PDA held for all English teachers

    • Representatives from each grade level attended VDOE English Summer Institute and presented to all English staff during pre-service

    • VDOE resources were shared with instructors at monthly meetings which included: online reading tools, ESS, vocabulary resources, practice items through TestNav, etc

  • Use of Technology

    • Articulate software has been purchased for the development of online TEI – updates currently being made


Writing2

Writing

  • Implementation Process

    • Writing followed same process & timeline as Reading

    • Phased-in of grades 9-10 in 2011-2012

    • Full implementation of grades 11-12 in 2012-2013

    • Representative served on VDOE SOL Items and Test Review Committee

  • SOL Writing Rubric

    • Writing Rubric was included in all Curriculum Reference Guides for students and parents

    • Teachers have used the rubric to score writing samples throughout the year


Writing3

Writing

  • Writing Prompts

    • VDOE writing prompts are used for district quarterly writing prompts

    • Teachers also have access to released prompts

  • District Resources

    • English Curriculum Reference Guides, Assessments, and Content Review Notes

    • Teachers have created TEI for writing – also drag and drop and hot spots

    • Articulate software has been purchased for development of online TEI - currently being updated


Science2

Science

  • VDOE Resources

    • Instructors have reviewed the Enhanced Scope and Sequence from VDOE and have been encouraged to use the activities in class

    • Reviewed/Analyzed VDOE Released Practice Items

  • Increase Laboratory Experiences

    • Instructors are required to keep Laboratory Logs and increase the number of laboratory experiences for students

  • Representative served on VDOE SOL Items and Test Review Committee


Science3

Science

  • Implementation of TEIs

    • Added to local assessments (paper/pencil) and teacher made assessments

      • Articulate software has been purchased for development of online TEI , currently updated

  • Science Instructional Support in each high school

    • Conducted PDA on writing assessment questions with increased rigor

    • Analyzed data and identifying low performing areas

    • Created TEI for all teachers to use based on the data

    • Revised Curriculum


New assessments in english and science1

New Assessments in English and Science

Preparing Students for Success


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