Message from Chris Leone, Superintendent of Schools

Message from Chris Leone, Superintendent of Schools
Posted on 09/11/2017
Dear Region 6 Community, 
On Tuesday night, at a Special Meeting of the Board of Education, the district will present 2016-2017 academic performance data.  Click here to view the presentation.

The district administration has done significant work in reviewing past academic performance. While there are signs of growth across many grade levels there is also much work to do for all of our students.  It is important to remember that academic performance data only tells part of a story but the review has created a need for change. 
Region 6 uses the STAR assessment as its benchmark of academic performance for students in grades K-10. This performance data has been released annually with mixed results. However, the district STAR data has been inaccurate when compared to Smarter Balance Assessment (SBAC).  While the STAR assessment is a measurement it also must be used to inform student need.  When STAR results consistently outperform SBAC results we have to adjust our methods and use of assessment. 
Therefore, effective with the 2017-2018 school year we are raising the STAR performance benchmark.
Previously the district used 50th percentile as the benchmark standard for students.  This year the district will use the SBAC predictive benchmark. In the short term this change will immediately result in fewer students being identified as meeting the benchmark. A child previously meeting the benchmark is not guaranteed to meet the new, increased, benchmark.  During the school year, this change will allow schools to identify student need and adjust instruction accordingly. 
This change is not a reflection on the past, our instruction, our teaching, our curriculum, or our schools. This is a change in education philosophy to a higher standard, to raise the bar, and to create a greater sense of individual need for all students. 
As we move forward during the year should you have questions on STAR assessment, or the progress of your student, please do not hesitate to contact the school principal or my office.