Making our Vermont schools better

This article by Derek Carson originally appeared Friday in the Bennington Banner.

BENNINGTON — While the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium results released in September didn’t paint a rosy picture of the Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union, efforts continue to improve student performance on an individual level.

“We wanted to offer this report to you under the umbrella of ‘What are we doing to help all of our students?'” said SVSU Assistant Superintendent Donna Leep on Wednesday, speaking before the Mount Anthony Union School Board. Leep, along with curriculum director and interim MAU High School Principal Laura Boudreau, has been touring around to each of the supervisory union’s to present on their process and progress.

The work the SVSU is doing goes well beyond standardized test scores. “We’ve been advised by (Secretary of Education) Rebecca Holcombe that we shouldn’t be reading (SBAC) results in a comparative model, but should be looking at the results in terms of each school in the SVSU and our strengths and our challenges,” said Boudreau.

Leep said that much of the supervisory union’s work is crafted based on the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2015. In addition to that, Vermont’s state plan emphasizes prioritizing support for Vermont’s most vulnerable students, prepare students to be members of the state’s growing economy, and frame proposals that will be affordable to implement and maintain.

Per state guidelines, the SVSU as a whole and each individual school completes a Continuous Improvement Plan each year.

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2 thoughts on “Making our Vermont schools better

  1. Now we have the MAU has a 6 point Continuous Improvement Plan to, if the teaching
    profession put as much effort into the students as they do worrying about a Paycheck
    and Benefit package being pushed by the NEA !!

    These Professionals, if they worked in the real world with those data points they all should
    be fired and on the unemployment line ……. maybe then they’ll understand the meaning of
    the phrase ” Pay for Performance ” ( shameful ) But then, they have none !!!!!

  2. Re: “We’ve been advised by (Secretary of Education) Rebecca Holcombe that we shouldn’t be reading (SBAC) results in a comparative model, but should be looking at the results in terms of each school in the SVSU and our strengths and our challenges,” said Boudreau.

    It’s little wonder the VT AOE and Mount Anthony school district folks want to de-emphasize SBAC and NECAP academic assessments.

    64% of MAU Middle School students are below proficient in Language Arts.
    65% of MAU Middle School students are below proficient in Math.
    89% of MAU Middle School students are below proficient in Science.

    45% of MAU H.S. students are below proficient in Language Arts.
    65% of MAU H.S. students are below proficient in Math.
    74% of MAU H.S. students are below proficient in Science.

    Meanwhile, 97% of MAU students graduate.

    So, now the MAU has a 6 point Continuous Improvement Plan to:
    – “…create a leadership team…”,
    – “…establish a framework and process…”,
    – “…provide increased opportunities for professional development and learning for faculty…”,
    – “…develop a data-based framework for assessing individual student achievement…”,
    – “…improve engagement with students’ families…” and
    – “…hire and retain highly effective teachers…”.

    Really? …what have they been doing for the last 20 years?

    Please keep in mind – this is not just a Mt. Anthony school district circumstance. It’s a state-wide public education monopoly movement. Caveat emptor.

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