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What to Expect From Monday Night's LASD School Board Meeting

The agenda includes a discussion of the STAR test results, including closing the achievement gap for English Language Learners and socio-economically disadvantaged students, the district says.

 

Monday' night school board meeting includes a discussion of in which Los Altos School District students performed well overall, and the API scores are expected to post similar to last year.

The state STAR Program consists of standardized tests for students in grades 2-11 in different subject areas. The STAR results are later used in a calculation called the Academic Performance Index.

While the district has much to be proud of, said Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Alyssa Gallagher, there is more work to do.  

"An achievement gap does exist in our district that needs to closed," Gallagher wrote in her remarks in the board packet. "The achievement gap exists between our general population and a few subgroups of students, English Learners and Socioeconomically Disadvantaged students." (sic)

Gallagher said there is evidence that they are making progress in closing the gap and the district plans an increased focus on providing "research-based interventions" to close the gap for all students. 

Raquel Matteroli, Coordinator of Categorical Programs and Student Assessment will present the result analysis.

The board will also vote on the report of the updated actual revenues and expenditures for 2011-12 fiscal year.  

The board will also continue its discussions on assemblying a task force on enrollment growth.

Elsewhere on the agenda, the board is expected to discuss:

  • A recommended salary schedule to vote on for miscellaneous employees, ranging from an hourly wage of $12.64 for an instructional assistant to $20.60 for a substitute landscape specialist. 
  • Resolution on single subject teaching credential, recommendation to authorize five teachers to teach in the subject areas of Yearbook, journalism, drama, math and chorus, with a single subject teaching credential.
  •  Resolution on multiple subject teaching credential, recommendation to authorize a teacher to teach PE/Health with a multiple subject teaching credential.
  •  A public hearing on textbook availability. Stare law requires school boards to hold a public hearing and make a determination, as to whether each pupil in each school in the district has sufficient textbooks or instructional materials, or both. 

 

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