Board of Trustees Meeting Report – April 24, 2017

Employee Evaluation Project Update

During the work session Verba Echols, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources, Mike Jennings, Executive Director of Human Resources and Human Resources Director Jeff Brewster gave an update on the digital evaluation system project. Trustees heard HR’s recommendation to move forward with the full implementation of the Infinite Campus software for use in Certified Evaluations for the 2017-18 school year. The digital evaluation program has been in pilot status since October 2016, used by 128 staff members and 15 evaluators. The testers said the system worked effectively, though there were changes requested in the forms and workflow to provide greater flexibility. Part of the recommendation included the elimination of the “Independent/Collaborative” tracks. These tracks will be changed to “Standard” evaluation.

The recommendation also included the formation of an ad-hoc committee to review the rollout of the new evaluation tool in the coming school year. This revamp of the evaluation system was requested by the Board and the work was praised by trustees.

 

Report on PAWS Achievement Data

During the work session Walt Wilcox, Associate Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and Charlotte Gilbar, NCSD’s Director of Assessment, presented on specific pieces of data regarding PAWS Achievement Data by gender. In Gilbar’s report she compared Natrona County’s rates with other comparably-sized districts (Albany #1, Campbell #1, Laramie #1, and Sheridan #2). Gilbar was able to draw the following conclusions from 2014-15 and 2015-16 data from all districts:

  • In Math: For grades 3-5 the differences ranged from 0-10% in proficiency rates between males and females
  • In Reading: For grades 3-5 the differences ranged from 0-14% in proficiency rates between males and females
  • In Reading: For grade 6-8 the differences ranged from 1-20% in proficiency rates between males and females (Albany #1 was responsible for the 20% difference)

The Board offered theories as to why females show testing proficiency at higher rates though Gilbar said there aren’t necessarily any studies that have proven any of those theories to be true.

Wyoming Accountability and Assessment Update

Wilcox and Gilbar continued to present during the work session, giving an update on the state’s new assessment systems. The following features were desired from the new system:

  • Comparability from state to state
  • Reporting as a priority
  • Minimal testing time
  • Cutting edge technology and design (online test)
  • Later test window (later in the school year)

Based on those features the State Board of Education selected and is currently finalizing contracts with American Institutes for Research (AIR), for a new statewide assessment in grades 1-10. The contract will be for a period of 5 years. The AIR test’s summative assessments for grades 3-10 will be used in the Wyoming Accountability Model. The summative and interim assessments will be aligned to the Wyoming Content Performance Standards. The interim tests will begin to be administered next fall and the summative tests will rollout next spring.

A new contract is also being negotiated with ACT for the grade 11 assessment. ACT is the assessment measurement that is used for “college readiness” in the Wyoming Accountability Model.

The WorkKeys test will be one of the measurements used for “career readiness” in the Wyoming Accountability Model. It will continue to be optional for grades 11 and 12.

 

Monthly Construction Report

Dennis Bay, NCSD’s Executive Director of Business Services presented the monthly Construction Report. The following are the highlights:

KWHS:

  • Demolition is complete!
  • Music Wing structural steel installation is complete, framing started.
  • North parking lot grading is ongoing
  • Wall of Fame piers are complete

 

NCHS:

  • Phases 5 & 6 construction continuing
  • Masonry is nearing completion
  • Work on North Plaza (between building and stadium) is ongoing
  • Carpet and casework installation has started in Ph 6
  • Painting in Phase 6

 

Bar Nunn ES Addition + new Preschool (2 room addition) + existing building renovation:

  • Roofing complete
  • Window installation complete
  • Painting complete
  • Restroom ceramic tile complete
  • Ceiling tile installation is continuing

 

New “Journey ES”

  • Carpet and casework are nearing completion in Area A and starting in Area B & C
  • Paint in Area A, completed, B and C is ongoing
  • Ceiling Grid is nearing completion in Area C
  • The East Parking Lot is 60% complete

 

KWHS Pool:

  • Project “punch list” final items are being completed

 

Other items…

  • The Certified and Classified Personnel Report was approved and can be viewed here.
  • The next Board of Trustees meeting is scheduled for May 8 at 7:30 p.m. at NCSD’s Central Services Facility (970 N. Glenn Rd.)

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