Up in the mornin’ and out to school…

Dear HTS Community:

At the Board of Education meeting earlier this week, the annual NJASK PowerPoint was presented to the HTS school community. The presentation includes all NJASK scores in tested grades/subjects along with comparisons to “like” districts (District Factor Group – J) as well as to the State average. My executive summary includes the following highlights:

  • HTS outperformed J Districts in Grade 3 Math and Grade 4 Science. The mean scores for those tests were over 250 – Advanced Proficient.
  • Narrowed “gaps” in five grades/subjects when compared to J Districts, in some instances by over 13%.
  • Above the State average in all subjects/grades.
  • Increased number of “Perfect 300” scores in Math from 0 in 2012 to 14 in 2013!
  • 87% of all General Education students scored Proficient/Advanced Proficient in English Language Arts (ELA).
  • 92.9% of all General Education students scored Proficient/Advanced Proficient in Math.
  • 100% of all General Education students scored Proficient/Advanced Proficient in Science.
  • 97.4% of grade 3 students scored Proficient/Advanced Proficient in Math.
  • 13% increase in ELA Advanced Proficient scores for students in grade 4.
  • 2% decrease in Math Partially Proficient scores for students in grade 4.
  • 11% increase in Math Advanced Proficient scores for students in grade 5.
  • 5% decrease in Math Partially Proficient scores for students in grade 5.
  • 16% decrease in ELA Partially Proficient scores for students in grade 6.
  • 3% increase in Math Advanced Proficient scores for students in grade 6.
  • 10% increase in Math Advanced Proficient scores for students in grade 7.
  • 7% decrease in ELA Partially Proficient scores for students in grade 8.
  • 32% increase in Math Advanced Proficient scores for students in grade 8.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog post, we will continue to focus on creating well-rounded students who score above proficient in core subjects, participate in the Visual and Performing Arts as well as athletics and co-curricular clubs. We hope that by writing rigorous curricula, teaching challenging lessons and using authentic student assessments, our NJASK scores will rise in a more organic fashion; that all our children will be successful, happy and prepared for their future.  In addition, we will continue to look for ways to improve our school in the hopes that all children can flourish in a high-stakes testing environment. Extra special thanks to our teaching and support staff for all their hard work last year; we hope to continue our positive momentum this year.

Lastly, at the BOE meeting on Monday, the Board affirmed it’s singular commitment to student achievement and approved as the sole District Goal for the 2013-2014 school year: To develop a student dashboard and use the data to improve the instructional process.

Sincerely,

Alex Anemone

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