10-14-2007, 10:55 AM
First of all, it has to be a school-wide committment. Our high stakes test takes place in 4th.
That means that EVERYONE (K, 1, 2, and 3) has to do his/her job. We ALL accept responsibility for the scores, not just the 4th grade teachers.
In our school if a child is struggling s/he is sent to before school (30 mins) or afterschool tutoring (60 mins) daily.
Our school self-evaluation pinpoints our weak areas and the majority of our resources are aimed at those weakpoints. (money and manpower)
Everyone teaches to the standards. They drive our instruction, not the textbook.
We have formal and informal meetings where we exchange data and information on students and curriculum.
Our ancillary programs (Title 1, Migrant, ESL) are all integrated into the "game plan."
We address discipline in the classroom cooperatively and energetically because it is the biggest impediment to learning.
We have done fairly well so far. We still have a long way to go, but we are moving forward.
Last edited by MaddieC; 10-14-2007 at 11:20 AM..