"
Newspaper Archive of
N. Warren Town and County News
Norwalk, Iowa
Lyft
July 31, 2014     N. Warren Town and County News
PAGE 9     (9 of 16 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
 
PAGE 9     (9 of 16 available)        PREVIOUS     NEXT      Full Size Image
July 31, 2014
 

Newspaper Archive of N. Warren Town and County News produced by SmallTownPapers, Inc.
Website © 2022. All content copyrighted. Copyright Information.     Terms Of Use.     Request Content Removal.




Thursday, July 31, 2014 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine SUPERINTENDENT WULF Concluded from p. 1 ago, Federal "No Child Left Behind" (NCLB) legislation mandated that 100% of American children be academi- cally proficient on standardized test scores by 2014. American schools are not at that poinf. Despite Norwalk's great progress, we are not at 1007/o proficiency for all kids. But we need to be.As a result, Iowa Districts (including Norwalk ) will be labeled "Districts in Need of Assistance" (D!NA) in the 2014-15 school year. You will hear conversation more about that "DINA designation" and how Iowa will work to improve their test scores. The following table represents the average student percent proficiency across the entire Norwalk district over the last ten years: Reading Math Science Soc.Studi es % of All Norwalk Students Proficient over 10 Years. 2005 2006" 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 %Changein 10 yrs 76.7 75.0 75.9 76.5 80:5 81.2 82.8 81.6 83.3 87.1 +10.4%. 81.1 81.3 80.6 82.5 82.2 84.5 85.2 88.5 88.8 90.3 +9.2% 81.2 82.3 79.2 80.3 80.9 86.3 86.2 83 85.3 87 +5.8 75.4 77.6 77.9 79.1 77.1 82.7 81.3 82.1 83.3 84.1 +8.7% As you can see from the chart, the results are promising. But, even MORE changes will be necessary for us to achieve 100% proficiency. Despite our progress with the last Reading Curriculum adoption; we have not yet met NCLB's 100%. Changes are being made to raise the bar in Language Arts with a new textbook and program materials adoption. We will be implementing these changes this year. These materials are more challenging, so . . . #. .... expect the work to be more difficult. These matenals are also more tightly ahgned to the upcoming national standardized tests (Sm0rter Balanced Testing) which will be released over the next few years. It always helps when the curriculum is aligned to the test. To assist in the monitoring and implementation of this curriculum, the previously mentioned Iowa Teacher Leadership and Compensation Grant will provide assistance. Professional teacher time will be purchased through the grant to implement the Iowa Professional Development legislation in Norwalk. That system will better orga- nize and implement the Language Arts implementation and assessments in Norwalk and across Iowa. Once the Language Arts programming is implemented, we will be working to create similar systems for math and other curriculum areas. Additionally, students in grades 8-12 will be participating in a 1 to 1 computer initiative in 2014-15. There is a rollout process planned for the beginning of the year. Eastview and High School will be in communication with their parents about this process. Computers are not a "magic bullet" for academic achievement. Norwalk is one of the late innovators with 1:1 computers. We waited for a pattern t O emerge in the research. The pattern is becom- ing dear. Just handing out computers does not make kids "smarter". However, research is clear that computers make students more "engaged" in curriculum. Electronic media is their "preferred method" to communicate and learn. Curriculum is still the key factor. If computers cause the students to be more engaged in a weak curriculum, the scores Will not change. However, if students are more engaged in a very challenging curriculum, scores tend to improve. Matching computers with a more rigorous Reading and Language Arts curriculum should enhance each initiative. We will monitor our progress in grades 8-12 to determine whether the" initiative should spread to other grade levels. Having teacher leaders assist in these efforts should further enhance achievement. Sometimes, 100% achievement seems a long distance away. But, we cut that distance in half over the last ten years. We are almost there. Expect the curriculum to be increasingly challenging and the push toward excellence will be more obvious and more sustained than ever before. Our kids deserve a world class education. That achieve- ment will require a world class "push". Now is not the time to rest on our laurels! Keep pushing! SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK " 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *NORWALK FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 ' *JOHN PHILLIPS INSURANCE AGENCY, INC. 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 "*N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 N/Wa00en Town and Coun00 News Sucrip!on Form Subscription prices to residents of Warren, son and Polk Counties are as :follows: $18 per Year $15 per Year for Semor Citize s and College Students $24  Year for residents outside of Wann, Madison and Polk Counties,  Single Copy SERVING :TSE COS: No, Cummir, lla, 8priag Hill, Oreld  M,  the nro, l ar of Northern Warren Coura. :IST OFFICIO BOX 825, NORW IA ro211. Telephone: 515-981-0406 One: Name: ............ =. ...... Ad: City: ,, iiiiiii ......................... __ State: ' p + 4: ..... _ I:hone:' ........ = .......... .................................. Fill out   uh cheek or money ord to   Thant To service our customers even better, we have the State-of-the-Art Hunter Alignment System. All work is guaranteed by a 12 months/12,000 Miles Warranty. NAPA Auto Center Auto Repair Towing Complete Engine Specialist Intake Specialist ASE Certified Mechanics 802 Sunset Drive Norw;,k : iiiiiii!i!!!!!!i I! .......................................................................... Let me ihe!p find the vehicle insm00ance policy that% right for you00 LANE 1NSU00NCE AGCY INC 515-98t -46 Ii 4 ml;an(lanemsrance,com