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Focus Areas & Goals

Summit Public Schools Focus Areas and Goals

In May 2015, the Board of Education concluded the Focus Area setting process with the adoption of three Focus Areas for the period from September 2015 through June 2018:

Focus Area #1: Raise achievement for all; provide a consistently excellent education at every level in an environment that empowers each child to reach his/her potential

Focus Area #2: Cultivate a love of learning through outstanding curricula, inspirational instruction and well-supported teachers and staff, who are dedicated to excellence

Focus Area #3 : Sustain superior educational programs through timely investment, strong financial oversight and operational excellence

Board of Education Goals 2016-2017 (adopted July 21, 2016)

Goal #1

Increase number/percentage of students taking SAT and/or ACT year-over- year from 2014-2015 to 2015-2016, and deliver an increase in average/mean score. As a longer-term (3 year) objective, the District will strive for significant and meaningful improvement in the 2016-2017 school year over the 2013-2014 school year.

*The score average will be measured based on the State average for 2016-2017 in response to the March 2016 format change in the SAT.

Goal #2

Make significant improvements annually in student academic performance, in all grades, from the school year 2013-14 to the school year 2016-17, by ensuring that students meet or exceed academic standards in English, Language Arts, and Mathematics, based on the progression of skills K-12.

Goal #3

Cultivate the love of learning in students by inspiring teachers through continual professional development provided in the form of a digital resource center that will be updated a minimum of four times a year with up-to- date, research-based, content-specific professional literature. Additionally, the district will provide two professional development opportunities to broaden the understanding of and increase the ability to address students’ social and emotional needs.

Goal #4

Show continuous academic growth and improve student performance in transition grades as measured by IXL.

Cohort 1 (School Year 2015-2016)

  • 85% to 100% of students in grade six will show growth in ELA

Cohort 2 (School Year 2016-2017)

  • 90% to 100% of students in grade five will show growth in ELA
  • 90% to 100% of students in grade eight will show growth in Math

Goal #5

In continual pursuit of a more robust digital learning experience for all students, Summit teachers will each have a website which will be used as a learning resource and communication vehicle for students and families by May 2017.

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