BOARD AGENDA FACT SHEET

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #40

 

MEETING DATE:   8-08-07  DATE PREPARED:  8-01-07

AGENDA ITEM:  #13          AGENDA TITLE:  Board Organization

ITEM REQUESTED BY:  Oregon Statute

 

SUMMARY:  The School Board is statutorily required to do the following:

1.      1.      Elect Chair and Vice-chair

2.      2.      Establish regular meeting time/place/dates

3.      3.      Establish fidelity bond limits

4.      4.      Designate District Officers

5.      5.      Establish depositories for district funds

6.      6.      Establish official newspaper for legal notices, and

7.      7.      Establish grant application authorization

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVICE:  A board resolution has been prepared to address items 2 – 7.  I recommend the January board meeting date be the 16th as opposed to the 9th.  Item 1 may be completed with a separate motion.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ATTACHED:  Board resolutions.

 

ESTIMATED COST/FUND:   n/a

 

BOARD ACTION:

                                Motion       Second      Aye   Nay   Abstention

Clark

Eusted

Kounovsky

Leatherman

Matthiesen

Risen

Thompson


 

BOARD AGENDA FACT SHEET

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #40

 

MEETING DATE:   8-08-07  DATE PREPARED:  8-01-07

AGENDA ITEM:  #14  AGENDA TITLE:  Committees

ITEM REQUESTED BY:  Board

 

SUMMARY:  The board chair will assign board members to the two standing committees, Negotiations and Policy.  Negotiations committee members also serve on the Labor Management Committee.  This year the district also has an ad hoc committee to review athletic policies and the chair will appoint at least one board member to this committee.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVICE: 

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ATTACHED:  n/a

 

ESTIMATED COST/FUND:   n/a

 

BOARD ACTION:

                                Motion       Second      Aye   Nay   Abstention

Clark

Eusted

Kounovsky

Leatherman

Matthiesen

Risen

Thompson


 

BOARD AGENDA FACT SHEET

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #40

 

MEETING DATE: 8-08-07    DATE PREPARED:  8-01-07

AGENDA ITEM:  #16  AGENDA TITLE:  PERS Bonding

ITEM REQUESTED BY:  Business Manager

 

SUMMARY:  The board has authorized the Business Manager to pursue the process whereby the district’s obligation for PERS debt can be reduced by financing its own debt through a bond program with OSBA.  A resolution is attached for the board to sign indicating the board’s desire to participate in the program.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVICE:  PERS is charging districts 8% on monies owed PERS as a result of the underfunding PERS (or missteps by PERS, depending on one’s perspective).  The bond program will allow the repayment of the PERS debt with a rate on our debt of no more than 6.5%; a considerable savings over the life of the repayment schedule.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ATTACHED:  The resolution was emailed.  Additional information is forthcoming from the Business Manager.

 

ESTIMATED COST/FUND:  

BOARD ACTION:

                                Motion       Second      Aye   Nay   Abstention

Clark

Eusted

Kounovsky

Leatherman

Matthiesen

Risen

Thompson


 

Subject: PERS bonding Resolution

Here is the resolution for the PERS bonding for the August board meeting.


RESOLUTION NO. 0708-2

A RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF Creswell School District No. 40, Lane COUNTY, OREGON, AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN THE OREGON SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION PENSION BOND PROGRAM; AUTHORIZING LIMITED TAX PENSION BONDS TO BE ISSUED IN ONE OR MORE SERIES.

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Creswell School District No. 40, Lane County, Oregon, are authorized by ORS 238.692 to 238.698, including any amendments thereto (the “Act”), to issue limited tax bonds as defined in ORS 288.150 to finance its pension liability; and

WHEREAS, the Act and ORS 288.150 permit the District to pledge its full faith and credit and taxing power within the limitations of Sections 11 and 11b of Article XI of the Oregon Constitution to pay those bonds; and

WHEREAS, school districts and education service districts have a pooled unfunded pension liability to the State of Oregon Public Employees Retirement System (“PERS”); and

WHEREAS, in December 2005, PERS estimated that the unfunded pension liability for the Tier 1 and Tier 2 pension programs attributable to the actuarial pool in which school districts and education service districts participate (the “School District Pool”) was approximately $2,396,287,436, based on the valuation through December 31, 2005 (the “2005 Valuation”), and the District’s allocated share of that unfunded liability, taking into account any previous lump sum payments made toward the unfunded pension liability, has been estimated to be $4,301,293, as updated to the date of the expected lump sum payments; and

WHEREAS, PERS currently requires the District to pay this unfunded liability over a period of years with interest at eight percent per annum; and

WHEREAS, current interest rates in the bond market are below eight percent, creating the opportunity for the District to finance its unfunded pension liability and potentially to reduce its costs; and

WHEREAS, the Oregon School Boards Association is sponsoring a pension bond program for participating school districts and education service districts; and

WHEREAS, the Program provides that each participating district will be responsible solely for its obligations under its pension bond and/or bonds, and not for the obligations of any other district under any other pension bond and/or bonds, except to the extent assumed by a surviving district; now therefore,

THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 40, LANE COUNTY, OREGON RESOLVES:

1.                  Section 1.    Definitions

Unless the context clearly requires otherwise, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

“Additional Charges” means the fees and other charges of the Program Trustee, as defined in the Program Trust Agreement, and any indemnity payments due under Section 6(4) of this Resolution.

“Available General Funds” means:  (i) all the District’s ad valorem property tax revenues received from levies under its permanent rate limit; and, (ii) all other unrestricted taxes, fees, charges, revenues and receipts of the District which Oregon law allows or will allow to be spent to make the Bond Payments.

“Bond” or “Bonds” refers to the District’s Limited Tax Pension Bonds that are authorized by Section 2 of this Resolution.

“Bond Payment Date” means a date on which a Bond Payment is due.

“Bond Payment” means a principal or interest payment on a Bond, including accreted interest under any deferred interest bond, and any redemption premium which is due if Bond principal is prepaid.

“Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or a day on which the Trustee is authorized by law to remain closed.

“District” means Creswell School District No. 40, Lane County, Oregon, or its successors.

“Event of Default” refers to an Event of Default listed in Section 9(1) of this Resolution.

“Government Obligations” means direct noncallable obligations of the United States of America (including obligations issued or held in book-entry form on the books of the Department of Treasury), or obligations the principal of and interest on which are unconditionally guaranteed by the United States of America.

“Intercept Agreement” means the Intercept Agreement dated as of October 31, 2002, as it may be amended and supplemented from time to time.

“Intercept Payment” means the amount paid by the State to the Program Trustee on behalf of the District under the Intercept Agreement.

“Participants” or “Participating Districts” means school districts and education service districts that participate in the Program.

“Program” means the Oregon School Boards Association’s pooled pension bond program for school districts and education service districts.

“Program Obligations” means the obligations issued by the Program Trustee under the Program Trust Agreement which are payable from the Bond Payments and similar pension bond payments made by the other Participants in the Program.

“Program Trust Agreement” means a trust agreement, or an amendment to a trust agreement, between the Program Trustee and the Participants in which the Program Trustee agrees to hold the Bonds and to distribute the Bond Payments to the owners of Program Obligations.

“Program Trustee” means Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee under the Program Trust Agreement, or its successors and permitted assigns.

“Qualified Consultant” means an independent auditor, an independent financial advisor, or similar independent professional consultant of recognized standing and having experience and expertise in the analysis of defeasance escrows, who is selected by the District.

“Resolution” means this Resolution, including any amendments made in accordance with Section 7 of this Resolution.

“School District Official” means the Superintendent, Deputy Clerk or Business Manager of the School District or the Superintendent’s designee.

“Security Payments” means the payments described in Section 4(3) of this Resolution.

“Special Counsel” means Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP, Portland, Oregon.

“Sponsor” means the Oregon School Board Association, the sponsor of the Program.

“State” means the State of Oregon, or any agency thereof.

“State Education Revenues” means any State funding for school districts and educational service districts legally available to pay debt service on the pension bonds.  Currently, such funds are appropriated each biennium and designated as the “State School Fund.”

“Underwriter” means Seattle-Northwest Securities Corporation, Portland, Oregon, and any co-managers to be determined at the Underwriter’s discretion.

2.                  Section 2.    Bonds Authorized

1.                  (1)   The District hereby authorizes the issuance, sale and delivery of the Bonds, in accordance with this Resolution and in an amount which does not exceed the amount necessary to produce net proceeds equal to the District’s allocated portion of the School Pool’s 2005 Valuation as updated to the expected date of the lump sum payment, plus the estimated costs of issuing and selling the Bonds (including credit enhancement and paying the District’s share of any costs of the Program Trustee) and any interest on the Bonds subject to Section 2(2) herein.  The Bonds may be issued in one or more series.

2.                  (2)   Bond proceeds may only be used to pay the District’s pension liability to PERS, to pay interest on the Bonds for a period not to exceed three years and to pay costs of issuance.  The issuance of the Bonds and participation in the Program shall not obligate the District to pay any portion of another school district’s liability.

3.                  (3)   The Bonds shall be “federally taxable bonds” which bear interest that is not excludable from gross income under Section 103(a) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended.  Interest will, however, be exempt from Oregon personal income taxation.

4.                  (4)   PERS currently requires the District to pay any unfunded liability over a period of approximately 21 years.  PERS charges the District eight percent per annum because PERS expects, over the long term, to earn eight percent on its investments.  Refinancing that liability at a lower rate of interest should, therefore, reduce costs for the District.  To ensure that the rate of interest on the Bonds will be less than the rate of interest which PERS currently expects to earn, the Bonds shall not be sold at a true interest cost of more than 6.50% per annum.

5.                  (5)   The School District Official shall compare the cash flows required to pay the Bonds to the cash flows currently estimated to pay PERS for the unfunded pension liability, and determine a Bond structure which the School District Official estimates will be advantageous to the District.

6.                  (6)   The School District Official is authorized to execute a letter to be sent to PERS requesting the necessary payoff figures and the calculation of payroll rate reductions resulting from such payoffs, and to pay any fees required in connection therewith or, if such letter has been executed prior hereto, the Board hereby ratifies such action.

3.                  Section 3.    Delegation

The School District Official may, on behalf of the District, and without further action by the Board:

7.                  (1)   Participate in the preparation of, authorize the distribution of, and deem final any official statement or other disclosure documents relating to the Bonds or the Program Obligations.

8.                  (2)   Establish the final principal amount, Bond Payment schedule, interest rates (subject to Section 2(4) herein), sale price and discount, redemption terms, payment terms and dates, and other terms of the Bonds.

9.                  (3)   Negotiate the terms of and enter into a bond purchase agreement which provides for the acquisition of the Bonds by the Program Trustee.

10.              (4)   Execute and deliver the Program Trust Agreement, which authorizes the Program Trustee to issue the Program Obligations, and any other agreements or documents which may be required for participation in the pension bond program sponsored by the Sponsor.  However, delivery of the Bonds to the Program Trustee shall constitute execution of the Program Trust Agreement by the District, and the District shall be bound by the Program Trust Agreement upon delivery of the Bonds to the Program Trustee.

11.              (5)   Execute and deliver the Bonds to the Program Trustee, provided the Bonds shall also be executed with the facsimile signature of the Chair of the Board of Directors of the District. 

12.              (6)   Undertake to provide continuing disclosure for the Bonds and the Program Obligations in accordance with Rule 15c2-12 of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission.

13.              (7)   Apply for ratings on the Bonds or the Program Obligations and purchase municipal bond insurance or obtain other forms of credit enhancements for the Bonds or the Program Obligations, enter into agreements with the providers of credit enhancement, and execute and deliver related documents.

14.              (8)   Execute and deliver the Intercept Agreement and any related documents.

15.              (9)   Execute and deliver any agreements or certificates and take any other action in connection with the Bonds, the Program Obligations, the Intercept Agreement, the Program Trust Agreement and PERS administrative rules which the School District Official finds is desirable to permit the sale and issuance of the Bonds and the Program Obligations in accordance with this Resolution.

4.                  Section 4.    Security for Bonds

16.              (1)   The District hereby pledges its full faith and credit and taxing power within the limitations of Sections 11 and 11b of Article XI of the Oregon Constitution to pay the Bonds. The Bonds shall be limited tax bonds of the District as defined in ORS 288.150, and the District shall pay the Bonds from its Available General Funds.  The District is not authorized to levy additional taxes to pay the Bonds.

17.              (2)   To provide additional security for the Bonds, the District agrees to enter into the Intercept Agreement.

18.              (3)   In the event funds under the Intercept Agreement are insufficient or unavailable or the Intercept Agreement is not in full force and effect for any reason, the District shall make payments (the “Security Payments”) to the Program Trustee in accordance with the Program Trust Agreement.  The Security Payments will provide the Program Trustee with amounts, after considering expected Intercept Payments, that are sufficient to make the scheduled Bond Payments.

19.              (4)   This Resolution shall constitute a contract with the Program Trustee, and the owners of the Program Obligations shall be third-party beneficiaries of that contract.

5.                  Section 5.    Redemption

The Bonds shall be subject to redemption on the dates and at the prices established by the School District Official pursuant to Section 3(2) and in accordance with the Program Trust Agreement.

6.                  Section 6.    Covenants

The District hereby covenants and agrees with the Program Trustee for the benefit of the owners of the Program Obligations as follows:

20.              (1)   The District shall monitor the availability of State Education Revenues to make Intercept Payments and, to the extent Intercept Payments are insufficient, covenants to make Security Payments when due.

21.              (2)   The District shall promptly cause Security Payments and the principal, premium, if any, and interest on the Bonds to be paid as they become due in accordance with the provisions of this Resolution, the Program Trust Agreement and the Bonds.

22.              (3)   The District covenants for the benefit of the Program Trustee to pay the Additional Charges reasonably allocated to it by the Program Trustee, in accordance with the invoices for such Additional Charges which are provided by the Program Trustee.

23.              (4)   To the extent permitted by law, the District covenants and agrees to indemnify and to save the Program Trustee harmless against any loss, expense or liability which is reasonably allocable to the District and which the Program Trustee may incur arising out of or in the exercise or performance of its duties and powers under the Program Trust Agreement relating to the Bonds, including the costs and expenses of defending against any claim or liability, or enforcing any of the rights or remedies granted to it under the terms of the Program Trust Agreement in connection with the Bonds, excluding any losses or expenses which are due to the Trustee’s breach of fiduciary duties, negligence or willful misconduct.  The obligations of the District under this Section 6(4) shall survive the resignation or removal of the Program Trustee under the Program Trust Agreement and the payment of the Program Obligations and discharge under the Program Trust Agreement and payment of the Bonds.  The damages claimed against the District shall not exceed the damages which may be allowed under the Oregon Tort Claims Act, Oregon Revised Statutes Section 30.260, et seq., unless the provisions and limitations of such act are preempted by federal law, including, but not limited to the federal securities laws.

24.              (5)   The District covenants not to merge, consolidate, separate or dissolve unless the Bonds have been defeased or the obligation for payment of the Bonds has been assumed by the successor entity or entities.

7.                  Section 7.    Amendment of Resolution

The District may amend this Resolution only with the consent of the Program Trustee.

8.                  Section 8.    State Intercept Agreement

The School District Official is hereby authorized to negotiate the terms of and to execute an Intercept Agreement under which appropriations from the State that would otherwise be paid to the District are diverted to the Program Trustee for the purpose of payment of debt service on the Bonds.  Neither the Intercept Agreement nor its amendment shall relieve the District of its obligation to pay the Bonds.

9.                  Section 9.    Default and Remedies

25.              (1)   The occurrence of one or more of the following shall constitute an Event of Default under this Resolution:

1.                                          (A)              Failure by the District to pay Bond principal, interest or premium when due (whether at maturity, or upon redemption after the principal amount of Bond Payments have been properly called for redemption);

2.                                          (B)              Failure by the District to observe and perform any covenant, condition or agreement (other than as described in (A)) which this Resolution requires the District to observe or perform for the benefit of Program Trustee, which failure continues for a period of 60 days after written notice to the District by the Program Trustee specifying such failure and requesting that it be remedied; provided however, that if the failure stated in the notice cannot be corrected within such 60 day period, it shall not constitute an Event of Default so long as corrective action is instituted by the District within the 60 day period and diligently pursued, and the default is corrected as promptly as practicable after the written notice referred to in this Section 9(1)(B); or,

3.                                          (C)              The District is adjudged insolvent by a court of competent jurisdiction, admits in writing its inability to pay its debts generally as they become due, files a petition in bankruptcy, or consents to the appointment of a receiver for the installment payments.

26.              (2)   The District’s failure to make Bond Payments or Security Payments constitutes an Event of Default as set forth above independently of whether or not the State complies with the provisions of the Intercept Agreement.

27.              (3)   The Program Trustee may waive any Event of Default and its consequences, except an Event of Default described in Section 9(1)(A).

28.              (4)   If an Event of Default occurs and is continuing the Program Trustee may exercise any remedy available at law or in equity; however, the Bond Payments shall not be subject to acceleration, and the District shall be responsible solely for its Bond Payments and any Additional Charges reasonably allocated to it.

29.              (5)   No remedy in this Resolution conferred upon or reserved to the Program Trustee is intended to be exclusive and every such remedy shall be cumulative and shall be in addition to every other remedy given under this Resolution or now or hereafter existing at law or in equity, including allowing the State to withhold future payments.  No delay or omission to exercise any right or power accruing upon any default shall be construed to be a waiver thereof, but any such right and power may be exercised from time to time and as often as may be deemed expedient.  To entitle the Program Trustee to exercise any remedy reserved to it, it shall not be necessary to give any notice other than such notice as may be required by this Resolution or by law.

10.              Section 10.    Defeasance

The District may defease all or any portion of the Bond Payments in accordance with the Program Trust Agreement.

11.              Section 11.    Rules of Construction

30.              (1)   In determining the meaning of provisions of this Resolution, the following rules shall apply unless the context clearly requires application of a different meaning:

31.              (2)   References to section numbers shall be construed as references to sections of this Resolution.

32.              (3)   References to one gender shall include all genders.

33.              (4)   References to the singular shall include the plural, and references to the plural shall include the singular.

12.              Section 12.    Effective Date

This resolution shall take effect on this ____ day of _______________, 2007.

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT NO. 40,

                                                                        LANE COUNTY, OREGON

 

 

 

By:  ____________________________

Chair

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

By:  _____________________________

District Clerk

 

 

 

BOARD AGENDA FACT SHEET

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #40

 

MEETING DATE:   8-08-07  DATE PREPARED:  8-03-07

AGENDA ITEM:  #17 d.      AGENDA TITLE:  Policy

ITEM REQUESTED BY:  Kounovsky

 

SUMMARY:  Policy Chair requests posting of the following changes to Policy JFCF/GBNA-AR:

4-7.        4-7.        Under Formal Process, change to read:  “Persons complaining of harassment will be informed about the complaint procedures.  Persons interested in filing a formal complaint will be offered assistance in completing the necessary reporting form.” 

4-7.        4-7.        Under Formal Process, delete:  “The results of an informal resolution shall be reported by the facilitator, in writing, to the superintendent and to the school principal.”

5-7.  Under Formal Investigation Procedure, change to read:  “For alleged student violations, a building administrator in collaboration with another licensed staff person (investigative team) shall fill out…” Delete third sentence in its entirety. 

SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVICE:  The first change eliminates a phrase “encouraging” persons to lodge a complaint.  Informing persons of the process should suffice. “Encouraging” is open to debate and may create complaints that can be solved by other means.  The second item reflects the realization that a resolution need not be reported to supervisors and is consistent with other District complaint processes.  The final item removes the counselor from the investigation team as the investigation creates a professional conflict in many situations.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ATTACHED:  no

ESTIMATED COST/FUND:   n/a

BOARD ACTION:

                                Motion       Second      Aye   Nay   Abstention

Clark

Eusted

Kounovsky

Leatherman

Matthiesen

Risen

Thompson

 

 

BOARD AGENDA FACT SHEET

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #40

 

 

 

MEETING DATE: 8-13-07         DATE PREPARED: 7/20/07

AGENDA ITEM:   18                AGENDA TITLE: Storage Building Contract

ITEM REQUESTED BY:  Business Manager

 

SUMMARY:   Board Policy DJ requires board approval of contracts over $75,000.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVICE:  Award low bidder, Essex. Storage building bids were opened at 2:00 p.m. on June 14 at the District Office.  Essex was the successful bidder at $235,300.  Two firms submitted bids, and six had requested bid materials.  The accepted bid was within limits estimated for the project by the architect.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Foundation and site work has begun and this phase will be completed before school starts.  The building had to be ordered and will not be available for construction until later this fall.

 

ESTIMATED COST/FUND:     $235,300/MS Bond Fund

 

 

BOARD ACTION:

                                      Motion         Second        Aye    Nay    Abstention

 

Clark

Eusted

Kounovsky

Leatherman

Matthieson

Risen

Thompson

BOARD AGENDA FACT SHEET

CRESWELL SCHOOL DISTRICT #40

 

 

 

MEETING DATE: 8-13-07         DATE PREPARED:  7-20-07

AGENDA ITEM:   19                AGENDA TITLE:  Site Preparation CMS

ITEM REQUESTED BY:  Business Manager

 

SUMMARY:   Board Policy DJ requires board approval of contracts over $75,000.

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S ADVICE:  Approve low bidder, Eugene Sand and Gravel.

 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Site preparation bids were opened on July 19, 2007 at 2:00 p.m.  There were four bidders with 6 firms requesting bid packets.  The low bidder was Eugene Sand and Gravel.

 

ESTIMATED COST/FUND:     $242,470/MS Bond Fund

 

 

BOARD ACTION:

                                      Motion         Second        Aye    Nay    Abstention

 

Clark

Eusted

Kounovsky

Leatherman

Matthieson

Risen

Thompson

 

 

AGENDA ITEM 20

 

CRITERION-REFERENCED TESTING

 

The Creswell School District has been utilizing a criterion-referenced testing program since 2003-4.  The District developed the criteria in a process which included scoping and sequencing desired teaching objectives using the state model as a guide.  From the scope and sequence document, staff then developed sets of learner outcomes for each content area and grade level as applicable.  The “testing” or assessment of these learner outcomes is conducted over the school year and the tests are designed to determine the degree to which curriculum objectives have been taught and learned.  The aggregated data from the assessments are then incorporated into an end-of- the year report from which an evaluation of the overall program can be made. 

 

The learner outcomes were developed during the school years 2001-2004.  Some content areas were able to develop their criterion-referenced assessments more readily than others.  The assessment data therefore is spotty for 03-04; is more comprehensive for 04-05; and for the 05-06 school year onward we have a near-complete set of assessments.

 

Aggregated data is organized into columns by school year.  While the aggregate data gives an overall picture of the 4th grade math students for example, more finite information is available to the building administrator and teacher.  The teacher collects information for each student for each learner outcome in every content area.  The teacher then has an opportunity to see how each student is doing with respect to all the learner outcomes and the teacher can also track the overall performance of all students for a particular learner outcome.  In education parlance this is known as “item analysis.”  When an item is not being mastered by a significant portion of the class, the teacher has an opportunity to reflect with the administrator as to how that item might be presented differently in the future.

 

The building administrator has the responsibility to monitor the assessment results.  Administrators look for any learner outcome that is not being met either by students in an individual classroom or by a grade level.  Administrative intervention can take many forms depending on the nature of the problem.  Some common problems we have seen in this program include:  a) a learner outcome not in its proper sequence, b) staff misallocating their time to cover all outcomes, and c) poor curriculum materials.

 

The curriculum director is responsible for maintaining the longitudinal data and meeting with teacher teams by content area.  The longitudinal data is reviewed every 7 years (sometimes more frequently) and content committees make recommendations for changing the scope/sequence, and/or learner outcomes, and/or assessment tools.  This year, the Physical Education/Health curriculum is up for adoption and review by a K-12 committee.  We will also work on 6-12 Music.  We have identified K-12 Math and K-5 content areas for more intensive review as a component of our 2007-2009 Continuous Improvement Plan.

 

The “scores” presented on the Annual Assessment Reports are indicative of overall achievement of a given content area.  The 4th grade Index Score of 80.9 indicates the success rate for all math objectives in 4th grade (there’s 16 of them) for all students in 4th grade (let’s say 100).  77% of the possible 1600 learner outcomes were met by the 4th grade.  Some students met all the objectives and of course some meet fewer objectives.  Teachers had the most success with one learner outcome (6a) met by 96% of the students while the lowest learner outcome (2h) was met by only 65% of all 4th graders.

 

There are a great number of variables that make it difficult to make comparisons between years.  A few of them are: new teachers, different curriculum materials, changing learner outcomes, student groupings, and changes in leadership.  En toto however, the aggregate scores give us some means of improving state scores, and they do indicate concrete areas where we can make improvement.  We can also compare our criterion-referenced scores and sub-scores by group and subgroup with norm-referenced test results given by the state or some other standardized test.