Different Learners Review Updates

  • 2015-2016

    Recommendation Implementation Update - October 25, 2015 - Recommendations from the original Review Report are updated as to the status of implementation. This updated list was shared with the Review Committee on November 19, 2015.


    April 30, 2015 School Board literacy update available here
    January 29, 2015 update available here.
    October 27, 2014 update available here.

    PTA Council Update - April 2014

    On April 16, Jennifer Wright and Fred Rundle gave an update on the Different Learners Review at the PTA Council meeting. The presentation is available here.

    Update - December 2013

    A Different Learners District Review Committee meeting and a Parent/Community Update Meeting were held in December. A written update to the school board was presented at the December 12, 2013 board meeting and is available here.

    Update - Fall 2013

    The District Different Learners Review Committee prioritized the following recommendations for 2013-2014:

    • Selection and implementation of K-8 screening and identification tool in the area of reading.
    • K-2 Focus on reading curriculum, mapping, revising to meet CCSS, professional development.
    • Small group, targeted professional development

    Following is a summary of the status of each of the three recommendations.

    Selection and Implementation of K-8 screening and identification tool
    The district investigated numerous screening tools available for K-8 students in reading and narrowed the list to six viable options. Further investigation including speaking with researchers, screening tool reps, other districts utilizing the tools and our own in-house expertise, resulted in the selection of AIMSweb. More information about AIMSweb is available here: http://www.aimsweb.com/ AIMSweb was selected because of its K-8 span, the ability of multiple measures, additional screening assessments K-2, alignment to the Common Core, ease of use and easy access to testing and data online. Because AIMSweb is online, the license was purchased with technology funds.

    All K-6 student have been screened with the fall benchmark assessment. All K-5 students will be screened three times during the school year.

    For grade 7-8, the tool has been and will be used to screen new to IMS 7th and 8th graders, and all students who are at risk (did not pass state reading exams, previous concerns about reading, teacher identified students, etc).
    Teacher training to support the implementation of the AIMSweb tool was initially intensive and is now ongoing as needs arise.

    K-2 Focus on reading curriculum, mapping, revising to meet CCSS, professional development
    The review of the K-2 literacy program has begun. This review includes determining existing curriculum and practices, researching best practice, determining gaps in curriculum to meet the new English Language Arts Common Core State Standards, and selection of new materials as appropriate. The committee has met several times.

    Small group, targeted professional development
    This professional development initiative will be ongoing the entire school year. Summer workshops on Reading and Writing were attended by about 65 staff members. Training was provided during the teacher preservice/LID days regarding ways to support different learners. Additional professional development opportunities have been happening this fall including such topics as a presentation to the HS regarding Autism.

    Plans are just now being developed for additional targeted professional development.

    Parent Update Meeting - June 11, 2013

    A parent update meeting was held on June 11, 2013. The PowerPoint presentation presented is available here.

    Update - May 10, 2013

    The District Different Learners Review Committee met on May 9 to further understand the Review Report and prioritize recommendations for the near term. Minutes of the meeting will be posted when they are approved by the committee.

    The Review Report is available here. Appendix C - Recommendations only An Executive Summary of the Review Report is available here.

    Update - April 19, 2013

    The Review report from the independent team has been delivered to the District Different Learners Review Team. The team is in the process of understanding the report, developing questions for the review team and considering the recommendations and potential timelines. After the May 9 committee meeting, the report will be posted on this web page. A full report that includes the review team report, prioritized recommendations, timelines, and funding will be presented to the school board at their June 6 board meeting.