Board discussion of a proposed new Winona Area Public Schools (WAPS) administrator who would help teachers use assessment data to improve student achievement won't occur until next year.
Although a vote on the new position was originally scheduled for Thursday's WAPS Board meeting, it was not included on the board agenda. Now it seems that any consideration of the potential new Research, Evaluation and Assessment Coordinator position will wait until after the WAPS Board retreat in January 2015.
“I pulled it off of the agenda because I was not able to meet [and further discuss the position] with the board chair and vice chair,” explained WAPS Superintendent Stephen West.
In an earlier board meeting, West described the WAPS assessment coordinator as an employee who would assist teachers to improve student achievement by analyzing student data from tests, such as the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs), as well as help set districtwide goals that would then be tracked and measured. Many board members were in support of the new position because it was presented as cost neutral to the approved budget and because the new administrator could explain the data from student performance evaluations to a larger audience. For now, and until the position is revisited next year, West said that he and his team will be responsible for pulling data together and interpreting it for teachers and the community. “It would be easier if I would have had someone to collect and analyze [student performance data], but we’ll make it work,” West said.
MCA test scores will be released to the public early next week, which will give West and administrators a chance to show the public exactly what the assessment coordinator position would do. “I think we need the position, and I’m going to work very hard to show the board and the community that we need the position,” West said.
Read upcoming editions of the Winona Post to learn more about the most recent MCA test score data.