Principal Drumm-Canepa & I want to address with you the STAR (School Transparency and Reporting System) scores that came out Friday - ranking Langley a 1 STAR out of 5.
This number is not a surprise to us.
Why? What’s important to remember about the STAR / Report Card scoring system:
75% of that score is based on PARCC scores.
PARCC scores only reflect 3-5th graders test results in Math & English Language Arts from *LAST YEAR*
We are only 2 years into Principal Drumm-Canepa's 5 year plan to improve our school.
For the past 5 years our scores were declining. Last year they plateaued. This year we expect increases due to the new academic programming and improved school culture (a.k.a Conscious Discipline).
Last year we exceeded ALL our K-2 student achievement goals. Which means we have a strong cohort of students moving up into those testing grades that will change our PARCC scores & STAR rating in years to come.
The good news:
Because of our 1 STAR rating we will receive 1 MILLION DOLLARS through OSSE’s Comprehensive Support Schools Initiative.
This funding will come immediately and be implemented over the next 2 1/2 years.
No, this money cannot build our garden or renovate our bathrooms. But it WILL help us in these categories:
Principal Drumm-Canepa & her academic leadership team (made up of teacher leaders) will be working with DCPS to determine how this will specifically be implemented but we know it will include intense intervention with students who need a boost & strengthening academic programs where needed.
All this to say we are growing and now we have more funds to do it quickly!
Questions? Want more details?
Come to our ESSA (Every Student Succeeds Act) discussion that Principal Drumm-Canepa & her leadership team are hosting on Thursday, Dec. 13th from 6p-7p at Langley.
Come and bring your questions!
All the best,
Langley Elementary PTSA President