Our Personalized Learning Initiative is Well-Underway!
During our April PTA meeting, I provided our parents with a presentation on the subject of Next Generation Learning (NxGL). I explained how this exciting initiative began in seven states, and how Nash School was selected through Wisconsin's Cooperative Educational Services Agencies (CESA #1) to be included among the Wisconsin schools to begin implementing these personalized learning practices for the benefit our students. There are a handful of elementary schools in our state that are in the second year of implementing NxGL practices, and test data and parent feedback has demonstrated the gains their students have made have been nothing short of amazing. We are eager to begin the process of strategically implementing these practices in stages beginning next Fall. More information on NxGL and personalized learning will be forthcoming.
Below, I 've attached the Power Point Presentation I shared during the April meeting. I invite you to examine the information included in the presentation. This will serve as a springboard to future inquiries and conversations. We look forward to embarking upon this exciting journey of learning together!
Higher WKCE Expectations Adopted for Math & Reading
In the Kenosha Unified School District, and across the state of Wisconsin, we are working to ensure that our students are ready for further education and careers. Our state assessment has been changing to reflect this priority.
In the next couple of months, Wisconsin public schools will receive the results of the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Examinations (WKCE) that students in Grades 3 through 8 and 10 took this fall. This year, Wisconsin raised the WKCE scores needed for students to reach the basic, proficient, and advanced performance levels in reading and math. Because of these changes, WKCE results will show a significant decline in the number of students considered to be “proficient” or “advanced.”
This does not reflect a change in the abilities of students, teachers, or schools. It only reflects the higher standards and aspirations we have for our students and schools.
The new college and career readiness proficiency levels are based on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), often called the “Nation’s Report Card.” The adoption of NAEP performance standards is part of a statewide plan to continue to improve school performance, and part of a national movement to prepare all American high school graduates to compete in a global society.
The change affects WKCE results for reading and math. It does not affect other WKCE content areas, such as social studies, science, and language arts, or WAA-SwD scores, an alternative assessment taken by a small portion of Wisconsin students.
Wisconsin is on a rapid trajectory toward higher standards. This includes implementation of the Common Core State Standards, Wisconsin School Report Cards, upgraded curriculum standards for students with disabilities and English language learners, and improved, next-generation assessments. Raising the WKCE benchmarks is part of a strategic effort to ensure our children are ready for college and careers in today’s rapidly changing, global society and economy.
Adjusting to the higher aspirations and expectations will take some time, but this is a necessary change for a worthy purpose: to elevate the achievement of our students and their schools. Together, we can all work to make sure every child graduates ready for college and career.
Consider Becoming a Parent Volunteer
We invite all parents interested in assisting in classrooms during the school day to please send Mr. Pitts an email at email@example.com. There are countless ways parents can help us in our efforts to provide quality personalized learning for every student. We will be sure to meet with parents in advance to ensure they are perfectly comfortable and confident assisting in the classroom environment. No amount of time is too great or too small. We will gladly accept whatever level of assistance our parents are able to provide.
Ways You Can Help Us Help Your Child
We appreciate all you do to help our students grow and develop academically! Our children will produce amazing results as a result of our collective efforts!