May 2018 – Comprehensive Needs Assessment for all RSU 22 Schools
All RSU 22 schools have established leadership teams for the purpose of conducting a year- long Comprehensive Needs Assessment planning process. Each school, and the district as a whole, has reviewed student and staff data. We have inspected attendance, behavior, and academic statistics from our district. Teachers, administrators, school board members and parents/community members have met several times during the year to thoroughly analyze each school’s information.
Our Comprehensive Needs Assessment process has yielded some areas of strength for our school district. Although each school is a bit different, some common categories have been recognized: school climate is generally strong, our English Language Arts scores are relatively strong, we have well trained staff, educators collaborate well together, we offer many educational opportunities for students, and our administrators, faculties and staff members are dedicated to our students.
Teams also determined areas of need and have begun to create strategies to address those areas. Some needs that have been pinpointed include: raising math achievement at all grade levels, improve attendance and tardy statistics, continue to improve communication, offer more dual enrollment courses, and improve scheduling to maximize our resources. The process is assisting the state in creating some baseline information for each school district. It is also an expectation from the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We receive federal funds that fortify our district obligations. We receive Title I money. The funding formula for Title I programming is based on socioeconomic status, student achievement and need. In RSU 22, that money is allocated for literacy teachers’ positions at Smith, after school programs at Leroy Smith and Samuel Wagner schools, a math tutor at Wagner school and the summer program held in Winterport. We also receive Title IIA funds that are dedicated to professional development and growth. Funds support projects in technology, new teacher mentoring and training, National Board certification work, curriculum and assessment work, and educator effectiveness initiatives. We are the recipients of a new federal fund as well. Title IV funds will be used to provide some social worker home-school support in Winterport, will help to launch a new elementary and middle level computer science and robotics program, and will aid students who may need financial assistance in order to take Advanced Placement exams at the high school level.
Questions or input may be sent to Mary Giard.
Proficiency-Based Education Update
Our K-12 system continues to move forward with Proficiency Based education.
During 2017-2018 we will:
- continue to build and add resources for teacher use with students
- begin to build the Proficiency Based transcript in our student Information system software
- continue to create pathways for students to meet and demonstrate mastery of standards
- build more assessment types and opportunities for students
Other related PBE work may also occur.
RSU 22 Student Proficiency Based High School Diplomas will now begin being awarded in 2020 (not 2018). Students will be expected to meet standards in English Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and one other content area.