Monday, August 24, 2009

Our reading and math scores continue to rise

Taylor student scores on the spring 2009 NM Standards Based Assessment (SBA) increased in eight of eight reading category and in five of eight math categories. We take great pride in the fact that our overall reading proficiency rate rose from 59.8% last year to 61.8%. Our overall math proficiency rate rose from 42.9% last year to 43.4%. These gains reflect the tremendous efforts of students and staff alike last year as we work together to increase learning.

Our goal as established by Superintendent Winston Brooks is for 69.8% proficiency rate in reading and 52.9% proficiency rate in math. This will require a gain of 8% in reading and 9.5% in math. This is an ambitious but goal but it is achievable! Here is what we are doing to reach these goals:
• Math: We have increased our math instructional time from 84 minutes last year to 100 minutes this year. We are also implementing two new intervention programs: Math Navigator and Ramp Up to Math. Navigator will be used in every regular and accelerated math class. Ramp Up will be used for students needing intensive math intervention. When implemented with fidelity, we believe they will help us soar.
• Reading: We have brought Read 180 to Taylor. Ms. Sikes is teaching three 100-minute Read 180 blocks to help those students who most need reading interventions. Mrs. Beller-Hudgins is also teaching three 100-minute reading intervention classes for students who need support to improve their reading skills. We believe these veteran teachers will help our struggling readers become better readers.

In spite of our tremendous gains, this marks the fourth consecutive year that Taylor has not made AYP. This places us in the category of schools in need of restructuring. We will be sending home letters to all parents explaining what this means for you and your students. For now, please be advised that we continue to make improvements in our curriculum and instruction to help our non proficient students reach proficient status. If you have questions about this, the PED website has much information about NCLB and corrective action