Effectiveness of Remediation Programs

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					                                   School Planning Council
                                   Landstown High School & Technology Academy


                                               AGENDA
                                     Wednesday, December 2, 2009
                                             6:30 p.m.


1. Welcome …………………………..…………………………………...……..….…. Ms. Dees, Assistant Principal
   Ms. Dees welcomed the committee for meeting tonight.


2. LHS SOL and Tutoring Results ……………………………………..….. Ms. Shani Twyman, School Improvement Specialist
   Mrs. Twyman explained the SOL Tutoring process to the committee. Students identified as needing help,
   are taken out of study block and placed in SOL tutoring with a hired tutor outside of Landstown High
   School. Ms. Twyman then explained the data associated with the pass rate and the different sub-groups.
   See the chart below with data concerning the SOL Remediation program for the 08-09 school year:

         Effectiveness of Remediation Programs 
English Reading                                  LHS     Remediation Students 
    Overall % passing                           92.4                     90.7 
    African‐Americans % passing                    88                    86.7 
    Caucasians % passing                           97                     95 
    Special Education % passing                    75                    72.7 
    Non‐Special Education % passing             93.6                     96.9 
Geometry                                                
    Overall % passing                           83.7                     86.7 
    African‐Americans % passing                    75                    82.1 
    Caucasians % passing                           90                    81.5 
    Special Education % passing                    55                    71.4 
    Non‐Special Education % passing             85.8                      87 
Algebra 2                                               
    Overall % passing                           86.4                      93 
    African‐Americans % passing                    79                    88.9 
    Caucasians % passing                           88                    90.9 
    Special Education % passing                 88.9                     N/A 
    Non‐Special Education % passing             86.4                     N/A 
   Mrs. Twyman feels the best way to close the achievement gap is to get regular education teachers to teach
   the SOL study blocks in addition to outside tutors. She then asked for suggestions to entice teachers to
   tutor on their own accord. This year, SOL remediation funds will be dedicated to Earth Science in lieu of
   English Reading for the SOL tutoring. There is more of a need for Earth Science remediation over English
   Reading. The Social Studies department expressed an interest to tutor during study blocks. Ms. Bradshaw is
   going to send names of willing teachers to Mrs. Twyman and focus on VA US History initially.


3. Guidance Advisory Council (GAC) .………………………………..… Mr. Barber, Guidance Counselor
   The Guidance Advisory Council is a part of the School Planning Council because the Guidance Department
   is a vital part of the schools operating success. The Guidance department goes into the classrooms to offer
   not only guidance, but mini-lessons to ensure college success. Every year the department will focus on one
   aspect: Freshmen via English 9, Academic Success; Sophomores via English 10, Motivation to Learn; Juniors
   via US/VA History, College Match; Seniors via Government, “What ‘s Next? College Preparation Process”.


   Registration for next year has begun. Counselors call the students down one by one to review grades,
   transcripts, college and career plans, etc. They meet with juniors individually to ensure they are on track to
   graduate and to get their classes. Freshman and sophomores are brought down as groups via Physical
   Education class. The counselors are careful to look over their credits to ensure graduation standards are
   met. On December 9, the counselors will visit the middle school to speak to rising seniors. The students
   have until the end of the school year to make changes to their schedule.


   One parent asked, how often students should take the SAT? Mr. Barber explained they should take it once
   at the end of their junior year, in May or June, and then again in the fall of their senior year. At that point, if
   the scores are not where they want to be, the ACT is another optional test which is beneficial for students.
   They can also enroll in SAT Prep, a semester course offered to juniors and seniors. The December 17th,
   2009 is the College Bound Reception where LHS alumni are invited to speak about the college experience.


4. SPC Meeting Dates …………..……………………………………….……….. Ms. Dees, Assistant Principal
          February 3, 2010
          May 5, 2010
          *All meetings held at 6:30 pm in the LHS Library Media Center.


5. Questions/Closing ……………………………………………………….….…. Ms. Dees, Assistant Principal


                                                  Compass to 2015
   Our primary focus is on teaching and assessing those skills our students need to thrive as 21st century
   learners, workers, and citizens.
   All VBCPS students will be:
•   Academically proficient;
•   Effective communicators and collaborators;
•   Globally aware, independent, responsible learners and citizens; and
•   Critical and creative thinkers, innovators and problem solvers.