The weather is bitterly cold as the month of March approaches. Iowa Assessment tests are being administered as I write this article. We look forward to seeing the results of the tests. The Iowa Assessment is a snapshot of how our students are progressing academically. They help us determine possible changes in instructional practices, curriculum, and program offerings. The test results help parents understand how their student(s) is (are) doing academically. The assessment data gives the board of education the opportunity to examine instructional practices and programs and possible improvements for next school year. The Iowa Assessment results can also indicate we are making positive progress in certain areas where the old adage, “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” might apply.
West Burlington ISD is busy planning for our April Department of Education site visit as well as 2015-2016 school year. In early April a team will be on-site studying our school district and will share two types of highly important data with us. The site team will tell us what we do well, what programs are excelling, and the good things going on in our school district. (continued)