CURRICULUM AND EDUCATION COMMITTEE MEETING
May 9, 2018
Committee Members Present: Chair: Pia Holmes; Jason Bersani, Tom Connors
Administrators Present: James Anastasio, Donna Madore, Troy Alexander, Teresa Beaudoin, Stew Brittner, Heather Gauthier, Jim Holland, Jan Rollins, Kim Silsby, Theresa Violette, Susan Walters
1. Finish District Assessment Update
Kim Silsby said they analyze data by from assessments by department to make modifications in the curriculum. She said two graduation requirements were added in recent years – an earth/geology science class and a statistics and probabilities class because our scores were significantly low in those areas. One thing the data shows is that students need to be taught perseverance skills, how to problem solve and test taking strategies. She also said that it is difficult to identify where the gaps are with eMPowerME scores because you can’t drill down into the question so it’s difficult to identify big curriculum changes. Susan Walters explained the PAPE testing for special education students and the difficulty in comparing the data from one year to the next. She said information they receive from student goals and IEPs that shows their growth level is more important than the assessment results. Kim Silsby said that US News and World Report ranked schools based on Gold, Silver and Bronze and this year Cony was ranked Bronze. Cony ranked 17 out of 112 high schools in Maine. The ranking is based on population, whether students scored better than the state average, graduation rates, how well the school does with under-represented students, and AP scores. Committee member Holmes asked to have regular updates, a running chart to show yearly comparisons, analysis and an action plan.
2. Dual Enrollment
Kim Silsby said dual enrollment classes are available for both Cony and CATC. Cony wants to expand their dual enrollment opportunities. With a dual enrollment course a student gets credit for the course for Cony and also gets college credits. The goal is to have dual enrollment opportunities in each department. Teachers who teach dual enrollment classes have to have a master’s degree in the specific content area. Dual enrollment classes are listed on the attachment. Research shows if students are successful in a dual enrollment class they are more likely to go to a post-secondary school, end up having a higher rate of income and are less likely to have at risk activities. Dual enrollment courses help students who are unable to afford college. A student could potentially get enough credits to be able to enter college as a sophomore. Students also have access to AP Online and if they score well enough, they get college credits.
James Holland said CATC has dual enrollment courses as well as certifications. The dual enrollment courses include the Business and Early Childhood Education programs. Business program students can earn 15 college credits per year. CATC also offers certifications for Early Childhood Education, Culinary Arts, Auto Technology, Electrical, and Welding programs. Students can get safety certification through CMCC and three college credits. Students in all mechanical and building trades programs can also earn OSHA 10 certification. All these certificates are entry level certificates for the job market.
3. Discuss future agenda items
A. WIDA Testing Scores
B. Technology presentation
Meeting adjourned at 6:34 p.m.