Gina Michalicka, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning introduced the presentation at the May 25, 2021 school board workshop of work that has been done by the Achievement Gap Committee. According to supporting documents, the committee has been focused on the African American subgroup and Students with Disabilities (SWD) subgroups during the 2020-21 school year.
Four task force teams were developed from the committee to create an action plan for our district’s inclusion model, MTSS Process, Resource Room and Tier I Instruction.
Goals and next steps for the 2021-22 school year were presented.
Of the SWD population, Michalicka reported that different programs exist for specific learning disabilities, health and mobility impairments, speech, language and visual impairments and those who are hospitalized or homebound. Approximately 3,500 students are in these categories.
The Achievement Gap Committee was formed during the 2018-19 school year to identify groups falling below the Federal Index. Michalicka reports that developing rigorous coursework and setting high expectations helps to close the achievement gap.