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23 December,2016By: Diana Guzzi
December 2016

Dear Parent or Guardian:

We are pleased to enclose a 2-page overview of our school’s “report card."  Report cards answer important questions about a school's overall performance and contain specific information about student enrollment and teacher qualifications, student achievement, accountability, how a school is performing relative to other schools in the district and the state, and the progress made toward narrowing proficiency gaps for different groups of students.

The 2016 complete school report card for Bowen can be accessed at: 2016 Bowen School Report Card Overview 
In this report you will find the following important information about our school:

Student enrollment and teacher quality: This section of the report card provides information about the students and teachers in our school as compared to the district and the state.

Assessment results: This section of the report shows how our students are performing on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) for Science and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests for English Language Arts and Mathematics as compared to the district and the state.

School and district accountability information: This section of the report contains three important pieces of information:
  • Accountability and Assistance Levels: Schools and districts are placed into one of five accountability and assistance levels (1-5), with the highest performing in Level 1 and lowest performing in Level 5. Our school has been placed into Level 2 because we did not meet our proficiency gap narrowing targets for all students or for high needs students.
  • School Percentiles: A school percentile between 1 and 99 is reported for most schools. This number shows the overall performance of our school relative to other schools that serve the same or similar grades. Our school percentile is 79. This means that our school is performing higher than 79 percent of the elementary schools in the state.
  • Progress and Performance Index (PPI): The PPI is a number that indicates our school’s progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, or, in other words, helping all students reach proficiency and be prepared for success after high school. Massachusetts has set a goal of reducing proficiency gaps by half between the years 2011 and 2017. For a group of students to be considered to be making sufficient progress toward narrowing proficiency gaps, its cumulative PPI must be 75 or higher.
  • To improve student achievement in our school, we are implementing the following additional strategies:
  • Grade-level teaching teams will utilize a formal student data inquiry process at PLC (Professional Learning Community) meetings to look more deeply at student work and data from assessments in order to adjust Tier 1 instruction for all students, as well as identify students in need of more interventions.
  • Implementing the Benchmark Assessment System in grades K-5 with fidelity, improving our ability to measure students’ critical analysis of texts.
  • Developing a Bowen Literacy Team consisting of the literacy specialist, classroom teachers, and members of the student services team to take a more in-depth look at Bowen’s results in literacy assessments and to identify curriculum areas that can be strengthened.
  • Working with the District Literacy Coordinator to look at data from Bowen and compare with data from other Newton schools.
  • Identifying rising 1st and 2nd graders who require a more consistent, structured summer experience in order to maintain progress to participate in Newton’s “Summer Success” academic program.
  • LLI (Leveled Literacy Instruction) will continue small-group instruction in grades 1 and 2, as well as expand into grade 3.
  • We encourage you to become involved in helping us improve our school. Some of the ways you can become involved are:
  • Encouraging your child’s learning at home
  • Attending parent-teacher meetings and other special meetings
  • Serving as a volunteer in our school or district
  • Encouraging other parents to become involved

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