Schools Narrow Achievement Gap
Our Middle and High School Principals recently recived a letter from Vermont Reads Institute at UVM asking them to take a survey on how they have narrowed the achievement gap:
The Vermont Reads Institute (VRI) at the University of Vermont has begun a research project to determine how student perspective, engagement, and motivation, teacher knowledge and practice, and administrative leadership affect literacy achievement in Vermont.
According to the Vermont Agency of Education (AOE), Springfield High School (and Riverside Middle School) has demonstrated success in narrowing the achievement gap. Congratulations! Given the small number of schools that have been able to close the gap, we would love to understand the ways your school has approached reading and writing: the systems you have in place, the types of collaboration that exists in your building, how your teachers support student literacy learning through their instruction, how you use assessment data, and what types of professional learning opportunities your faculty engage in.
We know that this is a busy time of year, but your school’s participation in a brief survey would be a great benefit to our research. While the survey is short (approximately 8 minutes to complete), we realize that time is a precious commodity in schools. If you are willing to participate as a school, we will provide a summary analysis of your school’s responses and your school will receive 5 vouchers to be used by any faculty member or administrator at any of VRI at UVM’s professional development conferences scheduled for next year. We will then compile all of the responses and analyze the data to gain an understanding of the practices and structures in place that build success in Vermont public schools.
We would be honored to have your school participate, helping to shed light on the literacy practices that have contributed to your success, and we hope that you will take advantage of the professional learning opportunities we have to offer. Please feel free to contact me directly for more information and to receive your school’s survey link.
Mary K. Grace
Director, VRI at UVM