During the 2008-09 school year the Morley Stanwood staff continued to work on aligning their curriculum to the Grade Level Content Expectations (GLCEs) for grade K- 8 and to the High School Content Expectations (HSCEs) at grades 9-12. These learning targets serve as the foundation for the state's high stakes testing program, the Michigan Education Assessment Program (MEAP) at grades 3 -9 and the Michigan Merit Examination (MME) at grade 11. They have also been identified as the most important skills and concepts for students to learn thus teachers teach.
At the High School level and grades 7 and 8 at the Middle School, staff have developed Course Syllabi that identify the primary content of the class, a timeline for the marking period or trimester and grading and evaluation criteria.
At the elementary level a review of materials for a replacement reading series began. This process will continue in 2009-10. Actual replacement of the current series which is 15 plus years old will be very dependent upon funds available. Also at the elementary level implementation of Response to Intervention (RTI) began. This process is coordinated by our Title I staff in conjunction with both General Education and Special Education teachers at the K and 1st grades. RTI is basically the implementation of research-based reading strategies to enhance and improve the academic achievement of all students.
All buildings in the district began the process of updating their School Improvement Plans following the guidelines established by Title I legislation or the State of Michigan. Selected staff from both Morley and Stanwood Elementary attended training on the requirements for Title I School wide improvement plans. Morley Elementary was selected to submit their plan to the state for review. It was granted full approval and received several commendations. All buildings have identified needs, goals and strategies to improve student achievement in reading, writing and math skills. Coupled with the goals are identified professional development workshops and trainings for instructional staff (teachers, paraprofessionals and principals).
During 2008-09 the process of seeking North Central Accreditation for the district and all their school buildings began. This work will continue in 2009-10 in anticipation of a multi-day on-site visit from peers from other schools and agencies in 2011. One of the goals of district accreditation is to have all buildings focused on similar goals and to work together in a coordinated and purposeful fashion to enhance student academic achievement.