The following are the minutes from the LSAT meeting in November 2015…
Stoddert Elementary School Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) Meeting
November 18, 2015
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
Administration – Bryant, Turner
Faculty Representatives – Stevenson (outgoing President), Choi, Guaraldo, O’Beirne, Turmail Parent Representatives –Loughlin, Oppenheimer, Russell
Local Community – none present
The meeting was called to order by Mimi Stevenson, SY2014-15 LSAT Chair.
The first order of business was to identify SY2015-16 Chair (Caitlin Oppenheimer) and Secretary (Melissa Loughlin).
Principal Bryant and the other Stoddert representatives (Stevenson, Loughlin, Turner) in attendance provided a brief overview of the November 10th Chancellor’s FY17 Budget Engagement Meeting, held at Deal Middle School. The group discussed DCPS’s intention accelerate the 2016 Budget Development Timeline by completing draft enrollment projections by early December and school budget proposals in early February. This is an earlier schedule than in past years, which would allow more time between initial budget proposal receipt and final budget submission.
Principal Bryant provided an overview of enrollment projections for the current year, and SY2016-17. Participants discussed the exceptionally large 1st Grade classes, and the impact this “bump” will have on already constrained building and faculty resources in future school years. The elimination of the second Pre-K class this year was discussed in terms of the impact that has on the overall preparedness of the Kindergarteners that entered Stoddert this fall. Consideration was also given to the number of classes in 1st grade right now, along with the unlikely potential for increasing the number of 1st grade classes from 3 to 4 based on class size after Winter Break, and the trade-offs that may be necessary to add an additional classroom teacher in the SY2016- 17. The group acknowledged the value of the “Specials” programs available at Stoddert, and discussed the student populations that benefit directly and indirectly.
Principal Bryant briefed on the SY2015-16 Chancellor Goals and Supporting Data for Stoddert (see attached file, “LSAT Summary Nov 2015.pptx”, and acronym list below). The group discussed potential strategies for supporting these goals, including but not limited to ensuring adequate computer hardware (and appropriate software licenses) are available to all classes regardless of location in the school, focusing on student mastery of computer skills to allow successful test taking, adding i-Ready as an activity during Extended Day programs before or after school if resources can be made available, etc.
Ms. Oppenheimer led wide-ranging group discussion relating to the following topics (among others) for the remainder for the meeting:
- Availability of fully-functioning computer hardware and software in classrooms as well as in the computer lab.
- Potential computer skill objectives or curriculum resources that may be available.
- Initial feedback on the use of Information Literacy (computer and library) time this ye arin various grades.
- Security procedures.
No decisions were considered during this meeting, other than to meet again in January prior to receipt of the 2017 Budget Proposal for Stoddert.
The meeting adjourned shortly after 6:00 p.m.
Acronyms (for use with Attachment)
- ACCESS Assessing Comprehension and Communication in English State-to-State – Computer-based test that measures
- English language learners’ progress learning English; Placement test for ELLs required by federal regulations
- BOY Beginning of Year
- EBRW Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
- ELL English Language Learners
- EOY End of Year
- LSAT Local School Advisory Team
- NEP Not English Proficient
- PROF Proficiency
- SRI Scholastic Reading Inventory – an assessment designed to measure how well students read literature and expository texts of varying difficulties.
- SY School Year
- TRC Text Reading & Comprehension – Students read 1-on-1 with teacher to measure reading skills and progress to guide instruction
- WIDA (formerly World-Class Instructional Design and Assessment) is an organization that advances academic language development and academic achievement for linguistically diverse students through high quality standards, assessments, research, and professional development for educators. (WIDA ACCESS testing assesses the proficiency of English Language Learners.)
- DCPS LSAT (includes guidelines for this advisory panel, FAQs, etc.)