The first semester of school year 2016/17 is now complete and second semester is underway. It is our vision that each student has and will continue to receive the opportunity to acquire high levels of learning in all content areas, including math, this year. As I have emphasized during State of the Schools addresses, mathematics is a growth area and there is a need for cohort improvement. Consequently, we have set rigorous goals and are working to help each student reach their potential. Dave Ebersole, principal of Coupeville Elementary School, reported at the January 22nd board of directors meeting some of these additional efforts that include first, learning the concepts and vocabulary associated with algorithms, the steps needed to solve a problem, and how it is applied outside of the classroom. As our young scholars have learned, it is very important to know the steps to solve a math problem and to be able to communicate about that problem in a “real world” application.
As such, it is important for all to understand that mathematics performance is critical to graduation. In order to receive a Diploma in the State of Washington, students must score proficient on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA). The level of mathematics measured on the SBA for graduation is Algebra II.
I encourage all students and families to work together with their teachers and to practice math every day. Daily progress is the best means to achieve and acquire the desired result. If parents have progress concerns, I encourage you to discuss these concerns with your teacher(s) and look for ways to address any issues that may be a barrier to progress.