Dear HTS Community:
The first two days of school have featured many smiling faces. Our students returned to a wonderful school featuring small class size, a safe and secure learning environment, rigorous curricula and technology rich classrooms. These factors (and many others) make HTS the premier PK-8 school in New Jersey. Moreover, our NJASK test scores have increased in all three tested subjects: English Language Arts +5.0%; Math +3.5% and Science +1.5%. These and other highlights can be found in my August blog post.
Over the summer months, the Board of Education approved four district goals for the 2014-2015 school year:
- Ninety percent (90%) of students in each grade, K-5 shall pass, with 90% accuracy, a timed grade level “Math Facts Assessment.” This “Math Facts Assessment” shall be aligned to the Common Core State Standards and will assess students on the four core mathematical functions (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division).
- Ninety percent (90%) of students in grades K-8 shall improve by one point (one quintile) on the District Writing Assessment. This assessment shall be administered in the fall and again in the spring. Students scoring a perfect score of 5 in the fall and spring shall be counted as having met the goal.
- To prepare each student for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and to communicate pertinent information to parents as detailed in the action plan.
- To maintain and continue to build and develop the individual student data dashboard and use the information to guide the instructional process as detailed in the action plan.
As we progress through the school year, you can expect to hear more details about these goals from school personnel. This blog post is designed to introduce these goals to the school community.
Once again, welcome back and Happy New Year to all our stakeholders.