MILL HALL – With the 2020-21 school year over, the Keystone Central School Board received a progress report of sorts during Thursday night’s working session. .
Director of Curriculum and Innovation Megan Hull gave an in-depth presentation that broke down “Student growth analysis” for those in kindergarten through eighth grade.
“It was very difficult for our teachers and when this data started pouring in… the number of smiles that I saw was so high in proportion to what we saw all year,” he said. . said Hull. “It was so good to see the data reflecting all the hard work we put in during a pandemic. To see student growth; It’s amazing.
According to Hull, there were a lot of obstacles that affected learning during the unusual school year. These obstacles included 10 weeks of full distance learning, three weeks of blended learning, and the educational implications of the COVID security plan, which forced limited teaching in small groups and limited social learning.
When it comes to math education, Hull said the creation and implementation of rhythm guides has contributed to growth above projected expectations. . For reading, there was the implementation of a new program – ECRI and Heggerty – aligning teaching with the science of reading and the implementation of a phased intervention period with targeted interventions and timely competency-based results improved student outcomes.
The third year also used ECRI during the intervention period to fill skills gaps.
Overall, Hull said she was happy with the numbers.
“It’s so encouraging to see the hard work paying off. We are just as excited. It was a good way to end a difficult year. said Hull.
KCSD Superintendent Jacquelyn Martin congratulated Hull and her team for their efforts during this unique school year.
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Hull also took a look at some “next steps.”
“We definitely believe in the growth mindset. We know we will always have room for improvement and things to work on. So, in order to assess where we are and to analyze where we need to go, we have started having conversations with our teaching coaches, some of our DPLs and our administrative team on what we can do ”, said Hull.
Hull said the breakdown is like this:
– Grades 4-8: Implement “Awards” intervention program during basic education (explicit teaching of phonetics, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary and comprehension).
– Grades 7-8: Implement “Read to succeed” intervention program during basic education (explicit teaching of phonetics, phonemic awareness, decoding, vocabulary and comprehension)
– Implement the use of Study Island for specific skill-based teaching and practice.
– Focus on engaging students in learning and using small group instruction to provide competency-based instruction.
– Emphasis on programmable logic controllers and the use of evaluation data sources to drive instruction.
– Use interventionists in college to provide a timely and targeted intervention.
As the district begins to prepare for the 2021-22 school year, Hull said there are many reasons for optimism.
“It’s incredibly exciting to see where we come from where we come from”, she said.
The Keystone Central School Board will reconvene at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 17 for a voting session. The final adoption of the budget for the 2021-22 school year should then take place. The meeting will be held via Zoom and available on the district website.