District Goals 2017-2018

  • Student Achievement

    • Growth
      • All students achieve a minimum of one year’s growth, based on Pennsylvania Value Added Assessment System (PVAAS), in the area of English Language Arts, mathematics, and science.
    • Literacy
      • 85% of students will be reading on grade level by the end of third grade as measured by the Fountas and Pinnell benchmark.
      • 90% of students will be reading on grade level by the end of eighth grade as measured by the Reading Inventory benchmark.
      • All students will achieve proficiency and/or growth in English Language Arts by the end of 11th grade as measured by the Keystone exam.
    • Numeracy
      • 80% of all elementary students will score proficient or advanced on each mathematics common assessment.
      • 90% of all 8th grade Algebra I students will score proficient or advanced as measured by the Spring Keystone Exam.
      • All students will achieve proficiency and/or growth as measured by the Algebra I Keystone exam.

     

    College and Career Readiness

    • Increase the Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence achievement by 10% (percentage of students that have scored a 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement Exam over the course of their academic career).
    • Increase the total number of students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses by 10%.
    • In collaboration with businesses and postsecondary partners, we will develop a Career Pathways model for the secondary program course of studies that provides opportunities for career exploration, internships, job shadowing, post-secondary course enrollment, employability, and financial literacy skill development.

     

    Financial and Human Resources

    • The district will continue to develop a fiscally responsible budget that reflects the values of the community, provides a quality education, sustains the educational program, and is supported by the Board of School Directors and the community.
      • This includes restructuring positions where and when possible, evaluating contract proposals based on quality of service and cost, and pursuing additional partnerships to provide efficient services.
    • Migrate to an online human resources program including payroll by the end of 2017-18 school year.
    • Perform a line item analysis of all accounts to seek financial efficiencies.

     

    Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    • Develop a framework for common assessments across grade levels and subject areas, including adopting common rubrics, benchmark assessments, and culminating unit assessments.
    • Develop a Kutztown Area School District Literacy Framework in collaboration with all stakeholders to determine our shared beliefs based on research-based best practices and articulating the elements of the framework for 2019-2020 implementation.
    • Establish the Kutztown Area School District core agreements for best practices in grading in K-12 by exploring standards-based assessment opportunities and developing enhanced mastery-based progress reporting.
      • Develop a standards-based report card in the elementary grades for deployment in the 2018-2019 school year.
      • Articulate shared beliefs in secondary grading practices in order to create a framework for implementation in the 2018-2019 school year.
    • Design innovative scheduling options to maximize student opportunities and provide flexible course options including dual enrollment, virtual, blended, and hybrid learning.
    • Develop a comprehensive K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics (STEAM) framework.

     

    Communication/Community

    • Recognize, publish, and communicate Kutztown Area School District staff and student accomplishments to foster community-wide relationships and support for the District and its goals.
    • Solicit community feedback regarding district/school needs, priorities, and improvement initiatives through community surveys, forums, and meetings.
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