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Title: TJ Town Hall Meeting


1
TJ Town Hall Meeting
  • June 6, 2012

2
Agenda
  • Clarify the facts
  • Describe breadth of root causes
  • Provide an overview of interventions
  • Review speculations about academic achievement at
    TJ
  • Next steps
  • QA index cards
  • Exit slip suggestions index cards

3
People Responsible for Student Success
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Parents
  • Counselors
  • Staff
  • FCPS Officials

4
The Facts
  • The math performance of the Class of 2015 is
    lower than previous years, although not by SOL
    pass advanced standards
  • 15 recommended for the watchlist compared to
    8
  • Down to 11 (2015) and 7 (2014) this quarter
  • This might be a one year anomaly
  • We have used some four year trends to identify
    patterns in students at risk another 15
  • We have many interventions in place
  • 99.5 success rate due to teacher, counselor,
    administrator, and parent support

5
Possible root causes
  • Admissions criteria and test difficulty
  • Acceleration of math curriculum grades 3-8
  • TJ regarded as a prep school rather than a STEM
    school
  • SoLs dont emphasize problem solving
  • The meaning of an A from middle school varies
  • Lack of study skill development
  • Instructional approaches to challenge all
    students adequately
  • Setting accountability standards that might be
    too high
  • Parent and peer pressures to accelerate

6
Interventions Level 1
  • 8th period open tutoring (W/F)
  • 8th period small group stickies (M)
  • 8th period peer-tutoring (M)
  • 8th period study skills sessions
  • Individual meetings with counselor and teacher
  • Preassessment for SOL readiness with review of
    trouble spots

7
Interventions Level 2
  • Watchlist if cumulative unweighted GPA is below
    3.3
  • Individual student plans created by counselor,
    teachers, admin, parent, student
  • Address study skills, work habits, tutoring, etc.

8
Interventions Level 3
  • Meeting with principal to review progress and
    offer suggestions

9
Perceptions from media and FAQs
10
  • Speculation
  • My thoughts
  • Nature and nurture both count
  • TJ diploma, frosting in curriculum,
    decoration affected by variability in
    performance
  • Students admitted to TJ define our school success
  • TJ standards have declined

11
Class of 2015 did not affect rankings
12
  • Speculation
  • My thoughts
  • New teachers have lower grades than other
    teachers.
  • TJ has remedial classes
  • Consistent grade distributions
  • All math/science classes are honors level, we
    offer remedial support to lift students

13
  • Speculation
  • My thoughts
  • Standardized metrics exceptionally high, research
    advancement, increase in junior AB calculus
    enrollment
  • US News ranking, perceived college gateway
  • We provide intervention support. Students not
    meeting the 3.0 average often have Cs, Ds, and
    Fs in math/science
  • Students are not prospering like they did in the
    good ole days
  • The interest to attend TJ has changed
  • Students who earn Bs and Cs dont belong here

14
New Interventions based on feedback
  • Opening two extra help sessions before final
    exams June 6 from 6-8pm, and June 9 from
    8am-12pm in Rm 243.
  • Distributing an end-of-year survey to students to
    obtain a representative sample of good
    experiences as well as ideas for improvement
  • Posting online modules for summer practice based
    on the final exam item analysis
  • Recommending students take the FCPS online
    trigonometry course if they did not perform well
    in 4th quarter algebra II/trig
  • Making a commitment for unified Blackboard
    resources next year in algebra II/trig

15
Next steps
  • Providing an online algebra diagnostic assessment
    over the summer, and then offering a boot camp
    based on results
  • Issuing a pre-assessment to algebra II/trig
    students in the fall to provide interventions
    before grades are released
  • Piloting a new instructional model flipping
    the classroom to provide attention to wide
    variability in student readiness
  • Parent-based support systems - TBA
  • School district officials dialogues to address
    root causes and policy changes - TBA

16
We need to work together
  • All problems become smaller if you dont dodge
    them but confront them
  • Admiral William Halsey

17
Questions and Answers
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