ELA and STEM

Initiative Four:

Strengthen district-wide English/Language Arts program.

Initiative Five:

Develop a world class program for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

English/Language Arts:

a. The district will move forward with implementation of the multi-year Comprehensive Literacy Plan started during the 2008-2009 school year. Areas of emphasis in the plan include: a) professional development (to support all teachers, to develop lead teachers, to establish classroom learning labs, to provide literacy coaches); b) interventions (Leveled Literacy Intervention for grades K-3, other intervention for grades 4-6 to be determined); and c) assessment (Developmental Reading Assessment, Fountas & Pinnell Benchmark Assessments, Direct Writing Assessment). District diagnostic, formative, and common assessments will be supported by AYP targets. By spring 2015, SLCUSD will increase the number of 6th grade students performing at proficient or advanced from 73% to 92% (19 percentage points), as indicated by AYP. Performance targets will be set for all gradelevels to ensure attainment of this goal.

 b. By spring 2013, all elementary schools will implement the Writers Workshop component of our comprehensive literacy model. Staff will identify research-based instructional approaches, refine the use of the Direct Writing Assessment as a tool to observe and monitor students’ writing behaviors, and identify resources to support literacy acquisition.

c. Listening, speaking, reading, and writing learning objectives will be articulated across grades pre K 12, and measured by district formative and common assessments. District assessments will be supported by AYP targets. By spring 2015, the percent of proficient or advanced students will increase from 66.5% to 92.5% (26 percentage points), as indicated by AYP.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics:

a. We will reform our mathematics program to include: a) a streamlined pre-K-to-grade-8 set of critical topics identified by research; b) mastery of knowledge and skills leading to algebra success such as whole numbers, fractions, and aspects of measurement and geometry; and c) an articulated K 12 mathematics program that embeds effective, logical progressions and an emphasis on attaining proficiency in key topics. District formative and common assessments and other measures will be identified and will be supported by AYP targets. By spring 2015, the percent of proficient or advanced students will increase from 67.3% to 92.3% (25 percentage points) as indicated by AYP. 

b. By 2014-2015, the district will research and develop a district-wide program for Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) or Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math (STEAM).