Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – January 4, 2021

District Mission: The Sioux City Community School District exists to educate students to believe in their talents and skills, achieve academic excellence, and succeed in reaching their potential.

Facilitator: Dr. Kim Buryanek

The Board Student Achievement Committee (SAC) met on Monday, January 2021, in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Dr. Paul Gausman, Dr. Kim Buryanek, Mr. Ron Colling, and Dr. Juli

Guests Present: Sherry Bielenberg, ELA Technology Consulting Teacher; Jamie Bratvold, Math
Technology Consulting Teacher; Cindy Foland, Science Curriculum Facilitator; Nicole Metcalf,
Social Studies Curriculum Facilitator; Shelly Nash, Science Technology Consulting Teacher; Heidi
Anthony, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Jim Vanderloo, Director of Secondary Education; Synthia Edwards, Data Manager and Professional Development Coordinator; Ryan Dumkrieger, Principal, North High School; Emily Lloyd, Assistant Principal, North Middle School; and Mandie Mayo, Director of Communications

District Common Assessments

Heidi Anthony and secondary curriculum leaders shared the results of the District Common
Assessments (DCA) for fall 2020. She also included results from fall 2019 for comparison. The
DCA compares student’s understanding of the standards in ELA, math, science, and social studies.
DCA is developed by curriculum teams and consists of multiple-choice tests, essays, labs, speeches, and other methods that measure independent academic achievement aligned to the standards. Ms. Anthony clarified at the time the data was retrieved on December 19, 2020, teachers were in the process of administering the remaining DCA and retakes for the first semester. Additionally, DCA in grades 6-12 social studies and grade 6 science were re-written between 2019-20 and 2020-21

Despite the interruption in instruction last spring, the data indicates that 2020 scores are similar to the 2019 results. Possible explanations where “F” scores are higher in fall 2020 are the timing of the administration of additional DCA since the data pull and opportunities for retakes. The 2020 DCA results indicate teachers, curriculum leaders and building leaders across the District put forth
tremendous effort to ensure missed instruction time did not negatively affect student academic growth moving forward.

Ms. Anthony and curriculum leaders also discussed the importance of consistency across the District with DCA content and weighting. She reviewed examples of student scenarios and revealed what changing the weight of DCA could do to a student’s final grade. Committee members engaged in a discussion regarding the implementation of the current weighting and the complexities associated with changing the weighting for the DCA.

The committee acknowledged the results of the District Common Assessments analysis.

Virtual School Approval

Dr. Kim Buryanek and Mandie Mayo shared with committee members a letter from the State verifying that the Sioux City Community School District has been approved to provide online instruction. The District’s vision is to implement a permanent, accredited virtual school starting in 2021-22. Mandie Mayo discussed with committee members several ideas on how to gather feedback for a name and variables to consider when naming the virtual school. The committee discussed including the School Improvement Advisory Committee in discussions, which is a committee comprised of students and citizens. The use of “Thought Exchange” for additional opportunities for community feedback was also discussed. The Board will have the final decision in the naming of the virtual school.