Transition to New Standards and New Accountability Plan
BT Continues to be A Viable Tool to Help
It is one of the busiest times of the year in education. While we work on the day to day needs of the current school year, we must also have an eye towards the future.
As such, I would like to provide an update for you on information to help partners deal with the new Math and ELA standards and the new A-F School Accountability plan that will soon be in place.
New Math and ELA Standards
Many of you are aware that Arizona has new Math and ELA standards that are expected to be fully implemented and assessed during the 2018-2019 school year.
The good news is that there are minimal changes as a whole to the existing standards.
Our plan to make sure BT partners are ready for these changes is as follows:
- Spring 2017
Examine the ADE crosswalk for new Math and ELA standards.
- Fall 2017
Complete the curriculum process for new Math and ELA standards - identifying new essential standards, creating unwrapped documents for each of the new standards not in place currently, and calendaring these standards.
- Spring 2018
Adjust assessments and finalize calendars to align with new standards.
- June 2018
Release 18-19 curriculum calendars that reflect new standards.
For more information about these new standards, please visit the ADE website.
New A-F School Accountability Plan
As Arizona continues to gather feedback on its draft of a new A-F School Accountability plan, one component that appears to be foundational is that student proficiency and growth on Math and ELA standards will comprise a significant portion of the new accountability plan.
While acknowledging the obvious, BT is not all things to all people, we are confident that it is a fundamental tool to having a systematic framework that enables the adults within schools to all be moving in the same direction with regard to planning, instruction, and learning.
As you see and hear more about the new accountability system, I want to acknowledge it is easy to have angst. Things that are new or unknown can cause concern or fear in all of us.
Please be reaffirmed that you will be set up for success in working to meet the criteria regarding proficiency and growth on Math and ELA standards.
Not only are we motivated to do right by our partners, we are further motivated to make sure we have things ready for our own school district here in Vail as we work to excel in meeting the likely forthcoming criteria.
In closing, please let me know if you have any questions regarding these upcoming changes.
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Chief Executive Officer
Vail Unified School District