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Title: Salt Lake City School District


1
Salt Lake City School District

K-8 Schools Exploring A Choice for the Future
2
Whos Involved?Hillside, Clayton, and Their
Feeders
  • Beacon Heights
  • Dilworth
  • Highland Park
  • Nibley Park
  • Whittier
  • Indian Hills (1/2 Hillside, ½ Clayton)
  • Bonneville
  • Emerson
  • Hawthorne
  • Lincoln
  • Uintah

3
What is a K-8 School?
  • A school with a continuous grade span that begins
    with kindergarten or pre-K and ends after the 8th
    grade. David Hough
  • Editor, Research in Middle Education

4
Why is SLCSD Considering K-8?
  • Current research on K-8 schools
  • Consistent with Student Achievement Plan
  • National move toward re-thinking middle grades
  • Rebuilding Opportunity
  • SLCSD enrollment data

5
SLCSD Student Achievement Plan
  • Choice Initiatives (Essential 6)
  • Families and students have a variety of school
    or program choices including neighborhood
    schools, academies, magnets, and optional
    programs.

6
SLCSD Data
  • Over 5 years, SLCSD 7th grade enrollment is down
    7-13 compared to 6th grade.
  • 7th 8th grade enrollment drops 2-3.
  • 9th grade enrollment makes slight gains.
  • District enrollment down 1 yearly.
  • Choice options have been shown to attract and
    retain students.

7
Transition Year Enrollments
8
What Can a K-8 School Look Like?
  • Some information from a survey of K-8 and Middle
    Schools, 2004.

9
Structure of a K-8 School Day
  • 5th grade most often in a self-contained
    classroom (similar to current settings)
  • 6th grade mix of single classroom, uniform
    periods, and flexible block schedules
  • K-8 schools can offer more options for 5th and
    6th graders depending on the design of the day
  • Programs and Practices in K-8 Schools (2004)

10
Structure of a K-8 School Day
  • 7th and 8th grade 74 in uniform periods, 21
    in flexible block schedules
  • Programs and Practices in K-8 Schools (2004)

11
Facts about K-8 Schools
  • Your school would keep your 6th graders to become
    the 7th grade class
  • Those same kids would become the 8th graders next
    year
  • Not necessarily many transfer students just
    neighborhood kids

12
Facts about K-8 Schools
  • 5th through 8th graders will
  • Gradually add more teachers during the school day
  • Gradually add more class taking options in their
    schedules

13
Facts about K-8 Schools
  • Benefits for kids and parents
  • Long-term relationships with teachers
  • Students stay closer to home
  • Same school schedule as younger siblings
  • Familiar building

14
RAND Corporation (Largest Educational
Think-Tank in the US) Wonder Years Report
  • Positive Findings
  • Test scores slightly up for 13 yr. olds
  • Achievement gap closing slightly
  • Promising middle school practices available

15
RAND Corporation Wonder Years Report
  • Issues of Concern
  • Mismatch between MS practices and philosophies
  • Lack of common planning times
  • Lack of advisory periods
  • By middle school, U.S. student achievement lags
    behind other countries

16
RAND Corporation Wonder Years report
  • Six Recommendations Made
  • Reconsider stand-alone middle schools to reduce
    transitions
  • Offer interventions for lowest- performing
    students
  • Adopt comprehensive disciplinary models focused
    on prevention

17
RAND Corporation Wonder Years report
  • Six Recommendations Made (cont.)
  • Make use of proven professional development
    models for best practices at each level
  • Offer parents information about teaching and
    learning goals
  • Research programs that promote positive school
    climate and student well-being

18
  • What Journal Articles Report

19
A Visible Trend
  • Many Large districts are implementing K-8 grade
    configurations, including Cleveland, Denver,
    Phoenix, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee.
  • Stated Reasons
  • Enhance Academic Performance
  • Improve Behavior
  • Increase attendance
  • K-8 Bunch, District Administration 2005.

20
One Journal Summary
  • Many school systems conducting their own
    research are finding students in grades 6, 7 and
    8 who attend K-8 schools are scoring higher than
    their counterparts in other grade-span schools as
    measured by standardized and state assessment
    exams.
  • D. Hough, 2005

21
  • K-8 Schools
  • Potential Advantages, Concerns Design Issues

22
Potential Advantages of K-8 Schools
  • Data shows that fewer transitions better
    student outcomes
  • Early research indicators of higher student
    achievement
  • Parental involvement remains higher
  • K-8 schools can often better implement
  • the true middle school philosophy
  • Students well-known over a longer period

23
Other Potential Advantages
  • Facilitates teacher teaming and planning
  • Advanced options for younger students
  • Additional sports opportunities possible
  • Cross-age tutoring
  • Flexible scheduling for all students

24
Parent Concerns When Considering K-8 Schools
  • Social, emotional, academic differences
  • Schedule options classes and building
  • Difference between K-5 and 6-8 philosophy
  • Middle grade students interacting with younger
    students
  • K-8 preparation for high school
  • Dont get to experience advanced activities

25
Issues for K-8 Design Consideration
  • Choices must be made in the structure of a K-8
    school considering
  • Student differences at each level
  • Organization of electives and required courses
  • Advanced options for students
  • Best practices at both elementary and middle
    school levels
  • Building re-fitting needs

26
Exploring K-8 Schools Strategies
  • Involve all stakeholders
  • Read grade configuration literature
  • Research districts with the same structure
  • Consider best fit with community values
  • Thoughtful consideration

27
New K-8 Website
  • Website Address
  • http//www.slc.k12.ut.us/schools/k8/
  • Visit the site to learn more about K-8 schools,
    find articles for your team, and keep current on
    meetings and dates.

28
  • Questions Please fill out the questionnaire
    provided and return to team members.
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