WSD students continued to demonstrate significant individual growth over the course of the 2018-19 school year. Individual progress ranks highest in importance to WSD’s Board of Directors, administrators, and teachers. Internal testing demonstrated that students made significant individual progress toward the target goal of 100% in math and reading.
Acadience Reading Early Literacy
Early Literacy is a measure of students’ reading in early elementary grades. Acadience Reading is a benchmark reading assessment given to Utah students in early grades. This data shows the percentage of students who met the benchmark goal by the end of the school year.
Each spring, grades 3-8 students are assessed in the concepts and skills taught in the classroom, measuring student learning and the Utah State Standards. Achievement shows the percentage of students who demonstrated mastery of grade-level standards in each subject. Learn more about Utah’s annual RISE assessment for grades 3-8.
You can walk into any school and sense immediately whether it is a place you would want your children to attend. Something intangible but real permeates the halls, classrooms, and interactions within a school, and either invites participation, engagement and exploration, or discourages them. As you can imagine, a lot goes into creating the type of school we would want our children to attend. And among those many factors, the single most important one is the teacher.
Great teachers are skilled in how to teach, have extensive knowledge in their fields, create an inviting place for learning, and support positive school culture by explicitly teaching and personally modeling school values. The effect of a great teacher on student achievement can last for years, shaping foundational skills, motivation, resilience, and confidence.
WSD dedicated extensive resources to hiring, developing, and retaining great teachers during the 2016-17 school year. We also provided teachers with an on-demand professional STEM learning resource that personalized professional development for all WSD teachers and staff. Additionally, WSD’s Professional Development Committee approved individualized training and provided group training by local and national experts, as well as by WSD staff and administration.
The academic initiatives during the 2016-17 school year included the selection and planned roll-out of a new math curriculum in Lower School to support “real tasks” pedagogy and the improvement of creative and critical thinking in mathematics. This math instruction is now up and running in all Lower School grades.
In 2016-17 WSD began development of a school-wide, value-based character education program called “The Wapiti Way,” intended to improve school culture and support development of social and life skills. Now fully implemented, this program will foster a school community where “all members treat each other with respect, courtesy, kindness, and in a way that acknowledges the dignity of each person” (WSD Honor Code). To that end, WSD teachers embraced new Professional Culture guidelines that align with WSD’s Honor Code for students.
School Report Card
The Utah State Board of Education Report Cards show how public schools across Utah are serving students in a variety of areas. Measures of school performance include academic achievement, academic growth, progress in English language proficiency, and postsecondary readiness. Each of these indicators receives a specific point value that translates to a rating for each indicator.