The members of the Pulaski County Special School District Board of Education will meet this week to discuss various goals as the 2017-18 school year is just several weeks away.

“The School Improvement Leadership Team will develop a clear and shared academic focus that will lead to removal from Academic Distress,” the district said.

The board will also discuss the impact of the successful millage extension vote on Tuesday night.

With respect to the Language Arts Department’s first quarter SMART Goals, student Goal: Students will improve 5 percent on subject/verb and pronoun/antecedent posttests by the end of the first nine weeks. “The Smart Goal was met and exceeded expectations by the end of the first

nine weeks.”

There also was an eleven percent increase of tested 9th grade students with improved scores of above 60 percent by the third posttest.

“There was a twelve percent increase of tested 10th grade students with improved scores of above 60 percent by the third posttest.”

Second Quarter ELA Smart Goal is for students will improve 10 percent on fragments, comma splices, run-ons, and fused sentences posttests by the end of the second nine weeks.

Teacher goals for the upcoming school year includes, “Display data walls showing the progress of students’ scores on Pre and Post Tests,” added the release.

The district also wants to deconstruct ASPIRE, ACT, and AP writing prompts with students, offering strategies for organizational methods for the essays they will write.

“Second quarter was when our then 9th grade teacher that we lost was really struggling with classroom management, which affected scores,” according to the release. “Our second quarter goal was to have a 10 percent increase in gains.”

Second quarter did not result in any gains for either grade over the skills of fragments, comma splices, run-ons and fused sentences—a skill that if not learned and practiced in the lower grades is difficult to master as high school students.

While collectively the department missed its goal in second quarter, some teachers had consistent gains with some of their student population.

For the Third Quarter Ela Smart Goal, the district wants students to improve 15 percent on parallel structure posttests by the end of the third nine weeks.

“At the end of the 3rd quarter the 9th grade students had 24 percent growth on the parallel structure skill and 10th grade students had 29 percent growth on the parallel structure skill.

For the fourth quarter, students will improve 15 percent on punctuation skills.

“For the fourth grade, the district wants students to implement Ooza4th Quarter Results. “Our data was extracted after only two posttests over punctuation. Both grades barely missed our goal of 15 percent gain,” added the release. “Ninth grade had a 13 percent gain after two Posttests, and 10th grade had a 14 percent gain. “We feel confident for both 9th and 10th grades

that if we had administered the third Posttest prior to reporting data, we would have met our goal,’ according to the release. “Some teachers included the Post

Test 3 as part of their semester exam. “We found that we have to streamline our focus and work on curriculum alignment that is not only data driven, but driven by the correct data.