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Standard 5: Using Results for Continuous Improvement

Havana Middle School has implemented and maintains a clearly defined and comprehensive student assessment system aligned with the district's expectations for student learning which yields monthly information that is reliable, valid, and bias free. The school also participates in all district-wide assessments. The district administers a Baseline assessment at the beginning of the school year and a midterm assessment at the end of the second grading period. District developed tests are based on the competencies and objectives taught during the grading period and are used to provide comprehensive district standards and an overview of student mastery. In addition, all teachers are provided focus and assessment calendars to ensure the appropriate skills are covered and students are able to master them.

Instructional and non-instructional staffs regularly collect and analyze data from multiple data sources, which allow teachers to apply research-based learning strategies to improve student achievement. HMS collects FCAT scores from prior years, baseline data at the beginning of the school year, and has mini assessments each month. HMS uses Performance Matters, an online data analysis software, to compare lagging indicators and leading indicators. HMS also uses SuccessMaker and FCAT Explorer online software to complement classroom instruction.

HMS continuously assesses improvement in student learning, student readiness, and student success at the next level. The district and school level expectations are based on the performance levels of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards by the Florida Department of Education. Student achievement is assessed with school administered tests as well as the state required tests. The results of the state, district, and school assessments are utilized to make data-informed decisions that will ultimately improve instruction and student achievement. The district provides training at the beginning of each school year on instructional practices. School-wide department meetings and in-service training days are scheduled monthly for the purpose of analyzing data and formulating future instructional plans. Test data results were used to guide the school improvement plan. Therefore, performance data influenced the instructional decision in the purchase of new supplemental research-based classroom material.

The leadership monitors and communicates comprehensive information about student learning and conditions that support student learning to stakeholders. Teachers post assignment grades on Engrade and the grades are updated every week. Administration sends out progress reports every four and a half weeks to parents. The leadership prints report cards every nine weeks and given to parents during Parent EXPOs are sent home by students the next school day. Parent EXPOs are held at the end of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd nine weeks. At that time parents may talk to teachers and staff. In addition, parents may schedule a conference with teachers and staff. At the end of each year, report cards and FCAT summary reports are mailed parents.