Summer 2001

The following goals were developed at the direction of the Bellefonte Area School District Board of Education by the district’s administrative staff in conjunction with Dr. Richard Castallo, Educational Consultant.

Multiple measures were developed in order to look at the reading and mathematics goals which were the Board’s focus.  While the administrators believe the goals presented here will provide useful information for improving instruction, there was concern that the evaluation processes may be too comprehensive.  However, after some discussion, it was determined that we would institute these strategies over the next year, contingent on Board acceptance, and then review them again at the conclusion of the 2001-2002 school year.

The data that will be gathered will be aggregated across the district for the purposes of reporting.  Principals will disaggregate, as appropriate, for use in their individual buildings.

Each goal has been labeled for annual review (for instance, the results of the present 3rd grade class will be compared to future 3rd grade classes), as well as longitudinal review (for instance, the present 5th grade will be compared to itself as 8th graders and then again as 11th graders).

1.      June 2004, the aggregate Terra Nova reading and math scores (using NCEs) for grades 2, 3, 4, and 6, will increase by 5% over the average scores of each grade’s previous three years.  In addition, a longitudinal comparison of individual classes will take place.  Scores in each subtest will be reviewed and reported.  (Longitudinal and Annual)

2.      By June 2004, there will be a 5% increase from grade 9 to grade 10 in Terra Nova reading and math scores (using NCEs).  (Longitudinal)

3.      *By June 2004, there will be a 5% increase in grades 8 and 11 in student achievement at the Proficient and Advanced levels on the PSSA in reading and math.  (Longitudinal)

4.      *By June 2004, at least 5% of the students who previously scored at Below Basic and Basic levels in reading and math on the PSSAs will score at the Basic and Proficient levels, respectively, at grades 8 and 11.  (Longitudinal)

5.      The Class of 2008 (2001-2002’s grade 6) will improve their PSSA scores to exceed the average of the band in math and reading by 5% from grade 5 through grades 8 and 11 as compared to similar schools based on the PSSA report generated by the PDE.  (Longitudinal)

*5th grade results will be used as  baseline data for classes when they are re-tested at graded 8 and 11


The following were identified as staff development needs which the district might consider in order to meet the goals which have been identified:

1.            Teaching Strategies
Marzano’s work
Reading in the Content Areas
Differentiated Instruction

2.            Learning Units

3.            APL (lesson organization, student management)

4.            PATHS (for MS and HS)

5.            Inclusion
Test modifications
Chapters 14 and 15 (504, ADA)

6.            Curriculum Development
Done:         SS, Math, Science
Doing:         ELA, Foreign Language, Health, PE    
To Do:         PATHS (MS and HS)
To Plan:         Business, Family and Consumer Science, Art, Technology

Long term planning (2 – 3 years) will be an item for discussion in our next planning session.  In addition, some immediate plans included the possibility of having Dr. Levin work with Elementary staff with the opening of school.  In addition, PATHS will be an area for staff development with the Middle School and High School staff at the same time.

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