District Goals 2018-2019

  • 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.
      • 95% of students will be reading on grade level by the end of eighth grade.
      • 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 on the Algebra I Keystone exam by the end of 11th grade.

     

    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).
      • Current data- 16-17- 28%, 17-18- 30.7 %
    • Students in grades 3-12 will engage in career ready activities such as career exploration, career interests, and career experiences. Examples may include internships, dual enrollment, advanced placement courses, interest inventories, guest speakers, business visitations, cooperative learning experiences, and career and technical education coursework.
    • Increase student participation by 20% in internships and dual enrollment opportunities.
    • In collaboration with businesses and postsecondary partners, we will implement 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.
    • Adopt and implement flexible options for students to take an elective, or pre-approved course for enrichment, exploratory opportunities, or advancement by re-evaluating our graduation requirements and elective offerings.

     

    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 for leave approvals by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
    • Perform a line item analysis of all accounts to seek financial efficiencies.
    • Develop a 3-to-5 year budget forecast for presentation at the Spring Budget and Finance Committee meeting to inform the school board and community of the budget realities in the future.

     

    Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

    Assessment:

    • Adopt common writing rubrics for elementary, middle, and high school informational, argument/persuasive, and narrative writing.
    • Complete alignment of all K-5 unit assessments in all subjects to report card standards.
    • Identify common unit assessments for ELA and mathematics in grades 6-12, align to PA Core standards, and complete an audit of assessments to check for quality as defined by the Curriculum Handbook.

    Literacy Framework:

    • 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.

    Scheduling:

    • Design innovative scheduling options to maximize student opportunities and provide flexible course options including dual enrollment, virtual, blended, and hybrid learning. Examples include:
      • Increased instructional time in the secondary schools.
      • Increased choice in course of studies
      • Evaluating current prerequisites
      • Develop a plan for implementing innovative and high interest courses for students.
      • Kutztown Virtual Academy 2.0- review, rework, and implement

    Future-focused 2020 (STEAM):

    • Develop and implement the Future-focused 2020 (STEAM) framework K-12.
      • Measurable goals/projects at each level aligning to Future-focused STEAM framework.
      • Targeted professional development.
      • Review and revision of 6-8 Computer Science courses.
      • Review and revision of 6-7 Library science/STEAM program.

    Grading Practices:

    • Implement elementary standards based report card.
    • Develop and finalize the secondary grading practices for implementation in the 2019-20 school year.

     

    Student Engagement- Athletics, Extracurricular, Co-Curricular

    • Increase student involvement in extracurricular activities by 5%
      • Engagement of youth organizations to foster growth in participation at the MS/HS levels
    • Increase the use of communication tools by all athletic/activity staff members via apps, team/club websites, etc.
    • Migrate to an electronic registration system for athletics
    • Develop revenue stream to support our Athletic and Co-Curricular programs.

     

    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.

     

    School Safety

    • Implement proactive measures to support students such as partnering with the Caron Foundation to conduct at-risk assessments and Student Assistance Program (SAP) services for our students.
    • Continually evaluate the physical facility security to provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff.
    • Conduct regular safety drills with consultation with first responders.
    • Utilize county-wide services to support staff in ensuring a safe environment such as advanced technological communication tools and the Berks County Emergency Team.
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