Waitsfield Elementary School -- Waitsfield, Vermont

A Message from the Principal

February 14th, 2007

As you may have read in the newspaper, the State of Vermont NECAP assessment scores are now out. While some school districts send these scores home as they are received, the Waitsfield School shares them with families at Parent conferences. We prefer this approach so that we can help you to understand the performance results in context and answer your questions. Test scores are available for reading and math (grades 3-6) and writing (grade 5). In general, we are pleased with the results this year. Our performance scores are significantly above the Vermont average, and demonstrate improvement in the areas of mathematics and reading.

In the area of reading: 80% of our students in grades 3-6 are meeting or exceeding the Vermont standard. This is an increase of 3% from last year and is 13% higher than the state average (in 2005-06).

In the area of math: 85% of our students in grades 3-6 are meeting or exceeding the Vermont standard. This is an increase of 6% from the previous year and is 22% higher than the Vermont average (in 2005-06).

In the area of writing: 55% our students in grade 5 are meeting or exceeding the Vermont standard. This is a decrease of 4% from the previous year and is 2% higher than the Vermont average (in 2005-06).

These data indicate a pattern of good performance. We exceed the Vermont performance standard in every area. With that said, teachers at the WES have identified math problem solving and writing as two key areas for continued focus. Our action plan (available at http://www.waitsfieldelementary.org/pdf.php) details our strategy to improve performance in these areas. In addition, you can view a more complete data report at this url. Our staff development (teacher training activities) has focused on these areas and will continue to do so. In addition, teachers are working with other staff throughout the district to assure that our math instruction aligns with that at Harwood Union. The above data, while indicating performance above the Vermont average, also indicates that we have a number of students in need of supplemental support and instruction in order to perform at a proficient level. We have revamped our support services program this year to better provide targeted help to all students with special needs. Alicia Kurth, special educator and Leigh Stockton, our school’s speech language pathologist, have assumed a leadership role guiding the provision of support services. Our goal is that each and every child will succeed. If you have any questions regarding our school’s performance data, please let me know.