Schools ready to offer improvement plan

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Less than a month after school district officials learned they did not meet Adequate Yearly Progress standards in two of 73 subgroups of students, they have an improvement plan in place and are ready to submit it to the state.

Adequate Yearly Progress is calculated using Colorado Student Assessment Program scores. For a school district to meet AYP, all schools within the district must meet established standards. For a school to meet the standards, every subgroup within that school must meet established performance targets.

Moffat County Schools have 73 subgroups. Of those, 71 sub-groups met the standards. The two that did not were students with disabilities at Craig Middle and Craig Intermediate schools.

In the wake of the results, school officials have set a goal of decreasing by 10 percent the number of special education students performing at an unsatisfactory level in reading. Some strategies for meeting that goal already are in place, and a more specific plan will be created during the Title 1 School Improvement Review process.

That plan is expected to be complete by June.

Strategies already in place include the need for consistent implementation of curriculum, identifying essential learnings in literacy and mathematics, and developing common assessments of essential learnings -- uniform ways to measure whether students are learning what they are supposed to learn.

Teams of teachers also are working together to identify and target students who are failing to make adequate progress and are using data analysis to monitor student progress.

The same goals and process have been set for math test score improvements.

The Moffat County School District Board of Education will review that plan during its regular meeting, which starts at 6:30 p.m. today.

In other business, the board will:

n See a demonstration of the district's Web site.

n Hear an update on the Dinosaur Community Charter School.

n Go over preliminary projections for the 2005-2006 budget.

n Approve changes to the school accreditation process

n Consider a change to school board meeting dates.

n Hold an executive session to discuss personnel and student issues.

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