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MINUTES
CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
November 14, 2018
5:30 p.m. 

Committee Members Present:  Chair:  Pia Holmes; Jason Bersani, Tom Connors 

Board Members Present:  Christopher Clarke, Jennifer Dumond, Staci Fortunato, Edward Hastings 

Administrators Present:  James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Heather Gauthier, Sarah Landry, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette 

Others Present:  Kevin Lamoreau, Natania Lowe, Tristan Stockford

 

1.  Request for Student Organization

          A.  Cony Chess Club

                     Attachment 1 

Kim Silsby said Cony students expressed an interest in forming a Chess Club and is supportive of the request.  Natania Lowe, Cony student, spoke in favor of the club.  She said it helps students learn better strategies not only in chess but also in everyday problem solving.  Tristan Stockford, Cony Math Teacher agreed to the advisor. 

Motion by Tom Connors to move the request for a Chest Club to the full board for consideration, second by Jason Bersani, so moved 3-0. 

2.  Presentation of Fall Local Assessments – Fountas & Pinnell, Writing Prompt, and Math Data for K-6

           Analysis

               Attachment 2

           K-6 Literacy Scores Reading

              Attachment 3

           K-6 Literacy Scores Writing

              Attachment 4

           K-6 Fall/Spring Math Scores

               Attachment 5 

Donna Madore, Assistant Superintendent, presented the fall in-house local assessment scores for reading, writing and math. (See attached analysis and test scores).  Teachers administer the test individually to all students.  Results indicate the Augusta School Department has a high percentage of students not at grade level at the beginning of the school year.  She said the results of the district assessments looks at student growth and not ability.  Going forward, Committee members would like to see writing, literacy, and math use the same scales of success. 

3.  Presentation of spring 2018 State Assessment Results

         Analysis

              Attachment 6

         District Summary

              Attachment 7

         State Assessment Results

              Attachment 8

         MEA Empower Testing Results

              Attachment 9

         SAT Testing Results

               Attachment 10  

Ms. Madore said state assessments have changed from NECAP, to Smarter Balance to eMPowerME.  The data (see attached analysis and test scores) indicates State averages have declined in the past three years.  2017-2018 test results show that Farrington and Hussey made gains in 50% of the content/grade levels; Lincoln made 38% gains; Gilbert made 75% gains; Cony grades 7, 8 and 11 made 83% gains.

Our test results show female students perform higher than male students both in ELA and Math; ELL students do better when at a higher proficiency level; economically disadvantaged students do not achieve the level of non-economically disadvantaged students (ASD’s disadvantaged students is at 65.69%); special education students are below state average, however are very close at being at state level.   She said Administrators continue to oversee curriculum pacing within the classroom, they delve into student data with teachers; and provide professional development time for teachers to examine our strengths and weaknesses. 

Kim Silsby went over the data for the middle and high school (see attachments 9 and 10).  She said the SAT results were disappointing this year.  Teachers are going over the data to drill down to the test questions to help improve instruction.  She compared our scores to schools that have English Language Learners, higher percentage of special ed., and economically disadvantaged students and we did very well compared to those schools.  

Meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.