Dear EVCS Families,
I hope this message finds you all healthy, well and enjoying your summer. I am looking forward to seeing many of you tomorrow evening at 5:00 for our bi-weekly parent meeting to discuss the latest on our plans for re-opening schools in September. Here’s a little preview of what we will discuss.
Next Friday August 7th is the deadline to sign your child up for the 100% remote learning option. I know many parents have been wondering about what that will entail, who will teach the children opting for fully remote learning, and how they will stay connected to their classmates and our school community. Although questions still abound about exactly how we will make this work at EVCS, some of our questions were answered in a letter to families from the Chancellor yesterday. Most notable is this statement, “No matter whether you are at school in-person or you are learning remotely, you and your child are still enrolled in and part of your school community. Your child’s schedule and learning experience will be fully managed by your school. The vast majority of students who participate in fully remote learning will be taught by teachers from their school.” We can discuss in greater detail tomorrow.
We are expecting the majority of our students to participate in blended learningthis fall, spending part of their time learning remotely at home and part of their time learning in-person in the school building. We know that for most of our families the in-person time is essential and very highly valued, and we are doing our best to maximize that in-person learning time for all of our students. Because our school is in an overcrowded building our default programming is for a 3-cohort model, which would allow most of our students to learn in the building 1/3 of the time, or five days every three weeks, but we have also been considering some potential out-of-the-box ways to increase the amount of in-person learning time for all students participating in blended learning at an annex site. It’s a bit of a long shot, and depends upon many still unknown things lining up, but it’s definitely worth exploring. More on that tomorrow evening.
Remember, you can always catch up on all the latest information from the DOE on their website, Return to School 2020 page.
Thanks for your continued patience, understanding and collaboration.
We will be running two different types of safety drills in our building over the next week and a half. We want you to be aware of what will happen so you can help answer questions or allay concerns your children might have. This Thursday afternoon (3/14) we will run a “Shelter-in” drill, and next Friday (3/22) we will run a “lockdown” drill.
As many of you may have already heard, the Department of Education released the 2011-2012 Progress Reports last week, and EVCS scored a high ‘B’. While the Progress Report is not a perfect measurement tool and it certainly does not tell the whole story of teaching and learning at EVCS, it does illustrate some of our achievements and it is important to understand how the progress report scores are calculated.
85% of the progress report is based on student test scores from the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. 25% of the total score is based on student performance on the State math and ELA test, i.e. the numbers of students at “proficiency level”, while 60% of the total is based on individual student progress. Students are expected to make at least basic progress each year, and are compared to other students across the city who scored similarly the year before. The remaining 15% of the progress report score is based on the annual School Environment Survey, i.e. how parents and teachers report their experience at our school to be in terms of academic expectations, communication, engagement and safety.
Here are some of the take aways from our progress report his year:
- Our kids performed really well on the ELA, such that we are in the 100th percentile for our peer group on ELA performance (!).
- Our students made great progress on the math tests, such that we are in the 92nd percentile for our peer group and the 92nd percentile citywide for progress in math.
- Our Special Ed populations are doing well and making progress. Almost half of our students with IEPs are in the 75th percentile citywide for growth in both math and ELA.
- 91% of our fifth graders last year were at level 3 or 4 in math.
- 96% of our 4th graders were at level 3 or 4 in science.
- Only half of our third graders were at proficiency level in math and a little more than half in ELA – far below our 4th and 5th grade levels.
- Our schoolwide attendance rate is still low. Our average attendance over the year is 93.6% , which puts us in the 23rd percentile for attendance in our peer group.
Obviously our school is so much greater than the sum analysis of our test scores and school survey data. But we are very proud that the hard work, dedication and talent of our students and teachers are reflected in this document.
If you have any questions about or would like to dig deeper into the progress report and our test scores, I will be at the next general Parents Association meeting on October 17th at 6:00 to discuss it in greater detail. I hope to see many of you there.