CLOVER PARK SCHOOL DISTRICT
Regular Meeting/Workshop of the Board
Student Services Center, Room 4
10903 Gravelly Lake Dr. SW, Lakewood, WA 98499
October 23, 2017
Present: President Marty Schafer, Vice President Carole Jacobs, Becki Kellcy, Joe Vlaming, Paul Wagemann and Debbie LeBeau
5:00 p.m. President Schafer called to order the Regular Meeting/Workshop of the Board.
REPORTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT
STATE ASSESSMENT RESULTS
Superintendent LeBeau introduced Director of Assessment and Program Evaluation Kim Andersen who presented an update on state assessment results for English language arts, math and science, grades 3-11. Ms. Andersen provided three-year trend data by individual schools and by grade level, in a numerical and graphical format. Ms. Andersen also presented a comparison of the results by school, district and state.
President Schafer noted that four of twelve elementary schools are hitting targets, and four of five middle schools are doing great. He said scores at the middle school level seem healthy. He also remarked that going forward it might be helpful to compare Clover Park with similar or neighboring districts.
The superintendent shared that the schools have also received the state assessment data and are using the information to develop school improvement plans. The staff from Teaching and Learning provided notes on what the district is doing in terms of professional development to support school administrators and teaching staff. They have already done a phenomenal job making sure principals are armed with strategies to take back to their schools in order to drill down on the data with teachers. The principals, as instructional leaders, are instructed by teaching and learning staff, and then the principals take that information back to the schools.
Tyee Park, Lakeview, Hudtloff and Lochburn have been designated by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction as Schools in Improvement. Based on this designation, the schools receive additional support from the state, which has been positive. For example, earlier today, coaches from the state were at Lochburn. They conducted classroom walks and focused on the question, “What needs to be changed?” Teachers received “real time” feedback as part of the walkthrough process, and the principal will receive a written report with all of the findings made by the coaches.
The principal, Greg Wilson, is in his second year at Lochburn. This year, he has already performed at least one observation on each teacher and has given feedback on instruction and preparation of class. Lochburn’s test results have remained fairly steady over the last 15 years—with no real change. In the case of Lakeview, the test results are low, but you can see incremental progress is being made. The Board understands that change takes time and wants to see incremental progress over time.
Mr. Banner noted that elementary principals spend about one hour each month during the monthly principals meeting to learn from each other and problem solve. They also spend two hours once a month to focus on principal instructional leadership.
The legislature decided that high poverty schools (more than 50% free and reduced), which is most of the schools in Clover Park School District, will receive additional LAP funds. The superintendent said the funds are based on enrollment, and the state determined how much money, which school and allowable use of the high poverty LAP funds.
We’re seen assessments change every few years and President Schafer said he is proud that as a district we have been able to navigate this moving target. He also applauded the effort of the community engagement leadership team because it gives us a chance to say in the community that we know how they can support the district.
The SAT test was redesigned and updated. During the SAT transition year 2015-16, students who tested before March 1, 2016 had a possible maximum score of 2,400; after March 1 the maximum score changed to 1,600. The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test was also redesigned with a score range of 320-1520. Since the tests have been updated, there is better alignment. Students can see growth over time and will have an indication of how well they will do on the SAT based on PSAT results.
6:28 p.m. President Schafer called for a five-minute recess.
6:35 p.m. The meeting resumed.
REPORTS FROM THE BOARD
President Schafer provided an update on the Community Engagement Leadership Team. Further discussion on this topic will be held during a special meeting/workshop of the Board on October 30, 2017. Director Wagemann provided a legislative update.
There was no executive session.
7:05 p.m. On motion by Joe Vlaming, seconded by Rebecca Kellcy, the meeting was adjourned.
Dr. Marty Schafer, School Board President
Deborah L. LeBeau, Superintendent