Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes April 12, 2022

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 Tuesday April 12, 2022 at noon in the
Educational Service Center Board Room.

Committee Members Present: Dr. Kim Buryanek, Monique Scarlett, Bob Michaelson and Jan

Guests Present: Angela Bemus, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

MS Reading and ELA Curriculum

Angela Bemus shared the MS Reading and ELA Curriculum presentation and provided an update on progress for the middle school rebuild. Each curriculum team reviewed the scope and sequence of standards, identified test questions for district common assessments (DCA) and determined frequency for DCA testing. Reading DCA will be given once per quarter, English DCA will be given once per quarter and the language DCA will be given three times per year.

In order to prepare for the upcoming changes, training will be available this May for English and
reading teachers, with an optional training day in June for a deeper dive into resources and standards.
Mrs. Bemus stated the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment department is ahead of schedule in the redesign of MS and ELA curriculum.

The committee acknowledged the MS Reading and ELA Curriculum presentation.


Angela Bemus shared an update regarding ALEKS, a research-based, online program used to improve secondary math skills. ALEKS can be used during instruction or as an intervention. Committee members watched a short video explaining how teachers can use ALEKS to determine mastery of skills and determine when a student is ready to move to a different skill. The District is proposing to purchase ALEKS on a three year contract using ESSER III funds.

The Committee acknowledged the Aleks presentation.


Angela Bemus presented an update regarding iReady, a virtual tool used to improve elementary math skills. The District has been piloting the program since October and is proposing to purchase iReady for three years for grades K-5. iReady can be used during instruction time or as an intervention during after-school tutoring or summer school. If approved by the Board, the three year contract will cost $813,303. The source of funding is ESSER III funds for learning loss.

The Committee acknowledged the iReady presentation.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for April 27, 2022.