November 15, 2017 Superintendent’s Blog

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15 Nov November 15, 2017 Superintendent’s Blog

November 8, 2017

With the arrival of test scores for the SAT and M-STEP, our energy has honed in upon two priorities:

  1. Identify the “priority standards” that are most important for each student in every grade level and content area to master by the end of the school years; and
  2. Engage in professional learning around Domain 4, “Professional Responsibilities,” in the Framework for Teaching (FfT).

Further information on both initiatives follows:

Priority 1. seeks identification of “priority standards” that are most important for each student in every grade level and content area to master by the end of the school year.

Data derived from standardized test scores shows areas of strength and weakness and helps us determine and shift priority standards for greater or less emphasis as indicated. Other valuable student data is derived from age-appropriate reading assessments and screenings along with math screenings which we have adopted in Northview. All of this data, along with a complex set of standards aimed at producing successful graduates, contributes to building a common curriculum.

Northview’s average SAT scores are above both national and state scores. Most recent M-STEP scores place Northview students above State of Michigan averages, but below Kent County averages in many content areas and sub-groups. There is work to be done, and these statistics validate our focus on priority standards to remedy the shortfall. We are working toward identification of “priority standards” in Math, Writing, Science and Social Studies by the end of this school year.

Priority 2. seeks to engage Northview educators in furthering our collective understanding of Domain 4, “Professional Responsibilities,” in the Framework for Teaching (FfT). We are working with teachers and administrators toward a common understanding of the following components in Domain 4:

4a Reflecting on Teaching
4b Maintaining Accurate Records
4c Communicating with Families
4d Participating in a Professional Community
4e Growing and Developing Professionally
4f Showing Professionalism

Most of our collective learning this year is focused on 4d and 4e.

Teachers need a guaranteed and viable curriculum in all subject areas to be most effective and efficient in their craft. Using a curriculum which can be embraced by each of our teachers, Northview will seek a shared understanding of the Framework for Teaching (FfT), starting with Domain 4, “Professional Responsibilities.”

At Northview, we embrace change and continuous improvement (Northview Public Schools Belief #6).  At Northview, we focus on performance and results (Northview Public Schools Belief #7).  The work continues.

Scott Korpak, Superintendent
616.363.6861 or skorpak@nvps.net