Board of Student Achievement Committee Minutes – March 16, 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 Wednesday March 16, 2022 at noon in the Educational Service Center Board Room.

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

Guests Present: Angela Bemus, Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment; Mande
Moran, Elementary Science Curriculum Facilitator; Shelly Nash, K-12 Science Technology
Consulting Teacher

Assessment Review (Including Open Response)

Angela Bemus shared the Assessment Review and discussed types of assessments. She explained the logic behind giving different types of assessments during the year and how they differ in measuring student progress. The Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment staff identified concerns brought before them through discussions with teachers and Board members, and developed a plan to address concerns regarding assessments for next school year.

  • Assessment Types:
  • Norm-Referenced – designed to compare and rank test-takers in relation to one another
  • ISASP Percentile Ranks
  • ISASP Growth Reports
  • Criterion Referenced – designed to measure student performance against a fixed set of criteria
  • ISASP Proficiency Scores
  • Formative Assessments – designed to help students learn and practice
  • Peer to peer discussions
  • Writing
  • Homework
  • Summative Assessments – designed to assess student performance
  • Chapter tests
  • Quarter tests
  • Elementary Concerns Identified:
  • High number of assessments in ELA
  • Writing assessment rubrics not aligned with ISASP rubrics
  • Math assessments need to be one standard
  • Mid-quarter ELA assessments are redundant
  • Science assessments need to align with physical, earth and life science
  • New science adoptions for 2022-23
  • Consistency across District with administration of summative assessments
  • Elementary School Recommendations:
  • Omit mid-quarter ELA DCA assessment
  • Science units extended to 12 weeks instead of 9 weeks, and reduce number of DCA to three
  • Use Illuminate online assessment system to administer all assessments
  • Middle School Concerns Identified:
  • High number of ELA and math assessments
  • Social Studies assessment needs project and essay component
  • High number of social studies, science and exploratory assessments
  • ELA and math assessments overlap
  • Time consuming for some ELA and math assessments
  • Assessment weight
  • Writing assessment rubrics not aligned with ISASP rubrics
  • Consistency across District with administration of summative assessments
  • Middle School Recommendations:
  • Omit ELA pre-assessment and replace with online MAP three times per year
  • Omit Math BME and replace with MAP three times per year
  • Decrease number of DCA in math and ELA to one per quarter
  • Use Illuminate to administer all other assessments
  • Reduce weight of DCA summative assessments to 30%
  • Determine minimum number of “evidence of learning” grades each quarter
  • Grades are combination of “evidence of learning” and summative assessments
  • Determine definition for “evidence of learning”
  • Educate staff on summative assessment guidelines and practices
  • Maintain equity and consistency across District
  • High School Concerns Identified:
  • Same as middle school concerns identified
  • English I, II, II and IV instead of ELA
  • High School Recommendations:
  • Same as middle school recommendations
  • Open Response absorbed in ELA DCA

The MAP Testing recommended for middle school and high school math, reading and ELA is
estimated at $300,000 per year. The training is a one-time cost at $175,000. The District explored using MAP Testing in the past, however, due to budget concerns did not move forward.

The committee acknowledged the Assessment Review. The Assessment Review will be presented to the Board Finance Committee and the School Board.

Elementary Science Adoption

Mande Moran and Angela Bemus shared the Elementary Science Adoption process and highlighted proposed changes for next year. The Elementary Science Adoption aligns with Focus 2022 Goal 1: Provide Relevant, Rigorous and Innovative Academics.

The process began by creating a team of teachers from all grade levels who worked on a step-by-step
process that included, unwrapping the standards, reviewing and rewriting District Common
Assessments (DCA), and reviewing resources.

The committee chose National Geographic as it was voted the top resource amongst committee
members. National Geographic offers leveled readers for all age groups and professional development opportunities. The District will work to create supplies for teachers as opposed to purchasing through National Geographic to save costs. The Elementary Science Adoption costs will be funded with the Instructional Support Levy money.

The committee acknowledged the Elementary Science Adoption.

The next Board Student Achievement Committee meeting is scheduled for March 30, 2022.