Future Ready Schools

Paoli Community Schools, under the leadership of Superintendent Casey Brewster and the Paoli Community School Board, are investing in your child’s future through emphasis on technology.

At the beginning of this school year, students in grades 9-12 received  1-1 electronic devices to use at school and  home for learning.  January 5, 2015 is set for students in grades 6-8 to receive their 1-1 electronic devices.

What does 1-1 mean?  It means that every student will have his/her own device to access websites and unlimited resources on the internet.  The 2015-2016 school year will provide the remainder of  elementary students with  1-1 devices.  In August  2015, Paoli schools will roll-out these devices to grades 3-5.  January 2016 is the anticipated date for primary students to receive 1-1 devices.

The Google Chromebook is the device of choice for students in grades 6-12.  Decisions are still being made for  devices that best fit the needs of  students in  younger grades.

What does this mean for the future, and how will Paoli schools be “Future Ready?”  The school board has committed to the following endeavors:

  • Work collaboratively to transform teaching and learning using technology
  • Provide  supportive technology infrastructure for wireless access
  • Provide teachers training to effectively leverage learning data to drive instruction
  • Provide professional development for teachers to utilize effect strategies and incorporate technology into the classroom instruction
  • Provide students with regular access to devices for learning so students can be active learners
  • Expand access to college, career, and citizenship opportunities

This is a very exciting time for students, parents, and educators.   In this time of change, we all realize that there are many new things to learn, a time to build confidence, and a time to make adjustments.   All of these things will happen and Paoli students will be “Future Ready.”

Sincerely,

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Assessment Information

In January, Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students will take the TPBA (Throop Performance Based Assessment).  This assessment is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in the writing process in association with the TPBA scoring rubric. Teachers use TPBA results to better prepare students for applied skills writing prompts on ISTEP.

Also in January, Third Grade through Sixth Grade students will take Acuity Readiness 2. This second round of Acuity testing, delivered on-line, is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in specific English/Language Arts and Math standards which will be assessed on the ISTEP.

During the month of February, Grade Four through Six students will take an Acuity Assessment for Science or Social Studies. This round of Acuity testing, delivered on-line, is used to identify student strengths and weaknesses in specific Science and Social Studies standards which will be assessed on the ISTEP.

Grade Three through Six students will take the Applied Skills portion of ISTEP March 2-11. These same students will take a Multiple Choice ISTEP April 27-May 15.

Results for many of these assessments are sent home, can be found on-line, or are shared with parents during conferences.  Some assessments are designed to measure student growth as related to classroom instruction, and are mainly for the teacher’s use.

Whatever the assessment, it is important to remind students to 1) take assessments seriously, 2) think clearly, 3) do their best, and 4) realize that we can all learn something from an assessment—we’re reminded what we know and we’re given an idea of what we need to work on to be better learners.

If you have questions regarding assessments given at Throop Elementary, or any assessment your child may have taken, please contact me at 723-3537, ext. 145.

Sincerely,

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Director of Assessment, Improvement, and Title I