WSRS Report Card

Marie H. Doyle, Superintendent of Schools
Susan Bertrand, Assistant Superintendent for Learning
Thomas Mazza, Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations
Marc Oldenburg, Director of Pupil Services
Kevin Warenda, Director of Technology

October 20, 2014

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose an overview of our school’s “report card”. Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state. If your child attends a school that receives federal Title I funds, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
  • Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver
  • The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
  • Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications

Student assessment on MCAS and other tests: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests as compared to the district and the state.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:

  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2 because gap narrowing goals were not met.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 58%. This means that our school is performing higher than 57% percent of the elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.

 To improve student achievement in our school, we are…

  1. Analyzing MCAS and highlighting specific Standards or skills to target
    1. Each grade level in 3-5 has met to review and look at last year’s data
    2. Target our challenge areas (ie. short answer questions and geometry in grade 5)
    3. Continuing to develop and support the Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop models
    4. Specific to responding to literature
    5. Purposeful and meaningful writing 
  2. Increasing special education staff by 1 FTE and restructured the liaisons’ caseload
  3. Implementing  RTI and Progress Monitoring
    1. AIMSWeb
  4. Creating the Social Emotional Learning Committee (SELC)
    1. .5 FTE increase to adjustment counselor
  5. Drafting success plans based on MCAS data and utilizing the WIN block
    1. including special education students
  6. Implementing an after-school tutoring program to target students not meeting the benchmark
  7. Implementing mathematics workshop model

 

We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:

  • Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  • Encouraging other parents to become involved

For more information about our school’s report card or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact us at 565-4270.

Sincerely,

Neil Gile
Principal, Wolf Swamp Road School

Follow this link to the district’s complete report card:

http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/reportcard/SchoolReportCardOverview.aspx?linkid=37&orgcode=01590025&fycode=2014&orgtypecode=6&

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  Oct 31, 2014, 7:18 AM Cindy Topitzer