December 17, 2013 at 3:56 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Student achievement and the indicators to be used in measuring district success was discussed at last week's Board of Education meeting.
At a recent Administrator's Council meeting, the district administrators reviewed the Professional Development Reports and identified commonality of student achievement by school level. Superintendent Judith Rattner advised the board that the individual schools value academic achievement focused on the NJ Common Core Standards as well as the ability for students to apply knowledge and use higher level thinking skills to solve problems collaboratively.
"In addition to that, we are not just focused on academic achievement. We feel very strongly that we are helping each child develop socially and emotionally," said Rattner. "When the alumni come back, they reflect responsible citizens who are life-long learners."
Rattner referenced the book 'Rein of Error' by former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education, Diane Ravitch, to identify indicators outside of data driven information to measure student achievement. Ravitch's book captured what our district holds close to our hearts said Rattner.
"We want to make sure that children have an exceptional educational experience; they have teachers that are experienced and continuing to learn new techniques; classes are small; there are a variety of opportunities for students both on the athletic field as well extra curricular field; and school has a warm and welcoming climate and it's a place where children feel safe," said Rattner.
How can the district measure how students are achieving?