A new metric is being used by the Illinois State Board of Education to measure growth for elementary and middle school students, according to a presentation given at the recent Sandwich School Board meeting by Superintendent Rick Schmitt.
“Student Growth Performance (SGP) for English language arts and math is now being measured due to the new Evidence Based Funding model passed in 2017,” Schmitt said.
According to the growth indicator, below 40 does not meet growth expectations, 40 to 60 meets growth expectations, and above 60 exceeds growth expectations, he explained.
A student’s individual growth percentile means the student grew the same or more than that percentage of their peers in Illinois who started at the same baseline. On the school report card, SGP is one of the academic indicators used to define a final summative designation and is weighted at 50 percent.
“Our English language arts Student Growth Performance (SGP) was 51.7 and our math was 45.7, which indicates our students are meeting growth expectations set forth by the state,” Schmitt said, adding, “The academic achievement goals of our students, parents and staff will be to maintain continuous improvement in order to sustain our commendable status.”
Lower fuel prices
In other business, the board accepted fuel bids from Arneson Oil that were 20 cents lower than last year. The bids accepted for 2019-20 were $1.852 per gallon for unleaded fuel and $2.267 per gallon for soy/diesel.
Pre-K for a full day
The board also learned about 15 students enrolled in one full-day pre-kindergarten class at Haskin Elementary School that was termed a “great success.”
The students start their day by washing their hands. Some of their activities include putting puzzles together, talking about the weather, learning some science, listening to music, and free choice time, such as playing with blocks. There’s a lunch time, nature walks, recess, yoga, a rest time and reading aloud before going home at 2:30 p.m.
Grants to expand all pre-kindergarten classes to full-day courses are being looked into. Pre-kindergarten half-day classes have been held for 30 years in Sandwich.