2013-14 Community Report for Central Spryfield Elementary School The 2013-2014 school year, has been a year of growth at Central Spryfield Elementary. The staff has been busy developing our Continuous School Improvement Plan (CSI Pan). While developing our plan we wanted to answer three key questions: 1. How are our students doing? 2. How do we know? 3. What do we need to do now? In an effort to develop our plan we worked on a self-assessment which has helped us determine our strengths and challenges. We used our challenges to help us choose a literacy and a math goal. The surveys that you filled out, along with a variety of classroom assessments, board level assessments and provincial assessments (like the ones above), have helped us develop our new goals: 1. Students will demonstrate improvement reading comprehension 2. Students will demonstrate improvement in communication of their understanding of number sense. Now that we have chosen our goals, the staff at Central Spryfield Elementary will continue to work collaboratively with one another on a daily basis and through Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) in an effort to establish common assessment criteria and expectations for student success, to gather evidence of and reflect on assessment information, and to plan next instructional steps and interventions to plan for instruction to meet our students’ needs. We have also built relationships with staff from neighbouring schools and a number of literacy and math coaches from Halifax Regional School Board that will support us in improving our knowledge and skills around instruction and assessment practices, with the goal of improving student learning and achievement. The assessment results above vary and demonstrate our strengths and challenges. The grade 3 writing results are promising, as are the grade 4 provincial math results. Our areas of challenge relate directly to the goals we have chosen for our school. We recognize that a percentage of our students continue to struggle to meet expectations on some of the provincial assessments, particularly at the upper elementary levels in literacy and math and we see this as important information to guide our teaching. When we looked deeper into the assessments above, combined with what we see on a daily basis in our classrooms, we believe that our math goal and literacy goal and the plan we have developed in both areas, will help our students improve. It is important to note that our classroom assessments provide the most relevant information about our student’s strengths and challenges. This information guides our daily plans for instructions. Our ongoing classroom assessments indicate that our learners are having increasing success in literacy and math. At Central Spryfield Elementary we are committed to improving student learning for all students and we are excited to work together on our common school goals. As we focus on our new CSI Plan, we are confident that our students will continue to learn and improve in all subject areas.