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School Learning Plan

Montclair Elementary School

Our Story:

Montclair Elementary is the farthest eastern Beaverton School District school, bordering Portland proper, nestled within the Garden Home and Montclair residential communities.  Montclair is a small neighborhood school benefitting from a very supportive community.  Community support has always been a trademark of a Montclair education with parents and extended families volunteering in the classroom, community organizations supporting our Read To Me program, and a strong Parent Teacher Organization that serves to influence the learning experience for all students. Montclair PTO raised $68,000 for Montclair students during the 2019-20 school year and provides literacy resources, technology, STEAM opportunities, multicultural experiences, as well as a robust art literacy program.

 

The 252 students of Montclair form a diverse community of learners, speaking over 12 different languages.  The 2020-21 school year finds our enrollment down by 22% predominantly due to a drop in kindergarten enrollment and COVID-19 concerns.  Montclair is a non-title school with 14% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, approximately 12% of our students are English Language Learners and 9% of our students qualify for special education services.  Montclair has experienced a significant shift in population, with more families needing assistance and more transitional families moving into the community.

 

Academically, Montclair students benefit from strong instructional guidance, by highly qualified and dedicated staff, who recognize by teaching the whole child greater success is achieved.  We’ve employed social emotional learning, culturally responsive teaching and best practices across all content areas in facilitation of learning.  Montclair has historically excelled in English language arts, achieving a level 5 on the most recent OSAS data (2018-19) with an achievement score of 81%.  Our IRLA data for the past three years (2017-18 to 2019-20) demonstrates growth in the top 10% compared to other BSD elementary schools, and in 2019-20 Montclair, with one other elementary school, demonstrated the highest growth overall.

 

For the past two school years our collective work has focused on improving our mathematical pedagogy.  Social change, budgetary hurdles and staffing changes have impacted the application of our previous work and we have yet to see the true measure of our investment.  With the additional factor of Comprehensive Distance Learning compounding our attempts to move forward, our math achievement continues to be hampered.  When determining our SLP the following guiding question surfaced in our discussion - How are we able to accurately assess student mathematical growth within the CDL classroom and be assured valid results?  We're all aware that accuracy is important in grading and assessing achievement gaps for each child, and while students are working both asynchronously, as well as synchronously, there is definitive evidence that suggests student work is not entirely their own. Therefore, it was decided to focus on the validity of math assessment for our school learning plan.

Date of Last Revision: October 1, 2019


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