MES School Report Card
Indicators Keep Climbing at MES
2017-18 MES School Report Card
We've seen some data come out that summarizes our school's progress. We're pleased with our momentum at MES. Despite the hiccups in the TIDE platform that impacted kids' ability to take the SBAC State assessments smoothly, we fared well. There are more gains available to our MES students as we tweak and improve our school climate and our delivery of quality instruction. We believe that wholeheartedly.

For your comparison, here are the links for the past three year's Detail Sheets for MES State Report Cards.

2014-15 State Report Card MES
2015-16 State Report Card MES
2016-17 State Report Card MES

There's a lot of information here, but the key indicators are the median growth percentiles; not just the overall comparisons--but also those that show how we're doing with individual sub-populations within our school. We're seeing solid gains with English Learners, Students with Disabilities, Underserved Ethnicities & Hispanic/Latino. We want to be above average (>50.0) against our comparison group (i.e., those who scored like us last year). We hit those in ELA (50.0) and Math (58.0), as well as 11 out of 12 of our sub-population categories.
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For a school with our complexities, we're doing well. And, we can do better. There are areas to get some more gains.

One other indicator is our progress in DIBELS, which is a nationally-normed measure for individual and collective school growth in grasping reading. In the Fall of 2015, MES students were only at 36% benchmark (at grade level). We ended last year in June 2017 at 60% benchmark. That gain shows that the MES literacy machine is humming. The summer slide dropped us to 50% for this Fall. That's to be expected. And, this incoming Kindergarten cohort is really low. They'll respond, and we'll continue to move that 50% up-and-up-and-up. Our next target is to get 2/3 of our MES kids to benchmark. That's 66.7% of our school reading at grade level. That's ambitious.
Finding those next data gains will get more and more difficult, and here are a few strategies for the 2017-18 school year at MES:
  • launch Stride Academy for "gaming to learn" skills cloud-based platform (more to come on that)
  • new grant-funded part-time Family Resource Coordinator hired for MES. Her name is Camerina Galvan.
  • monthly District-wide literacy conversations at specific grade levels, 
  • our upcoming professional development day on literacy (November 9), 
  • our local MES conversations about the impact of poverty/trauma on learning and on the brain's ability to learn higher-level concepts and skills,
  • modifications to schedule, room locations, calendar (conferences),
  • systems, organization, procedures, efficiencies, communication, coordination,
  • improved facilities at MES,
  • targeted staffing for specialized programs,
  • upgrading Technology
Together, our MES students will enjoy school and improve their school performance and behavior.

Thank you,
Frank Luzaich, Principal