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SIAC sets goals for WACO’s new school year

Aug 25, 2017

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News


WAYLAND — Goal recommendations by the School Improvement Advisory Committee (SIAC) were approved by WACO’s Board of Education on Aug. 23.

SIAC took a look at the 2016-2017 school year data in reading, math, science and early intervention using the Iowa Assessment Test, which is a federally required annual statewide assessment for prekindergarten through 12th grade.

The committee is tracking the progress of seventh-grade reading, ninth-grade math, fourth-grade science, and third-grade early intervention, wanting to increase the percentage of Iowa Assessment scores in those categories for each grade.

Representative for SIAC Committee Judy Kress said that tracking progress like this is a “snapshot” to help the district evaluate their goals.

Superintendent of WACO Jeff Dicks presented to the board his proposal for an anatomy and physiology (A&P) course offered with Southeastern Community College (SCC). SCC said they would hold a “blended delivery” class, which means an online class with a WACO teacher overseeing it. Dicks declined because he thinks A&P should be a hands-on class. He hopes to see an A&P class come to fruition in the future.

Dicks added that enrollment numbers are strong, with preschool at total capacity with two sections of the class. If new students want to enroll in preschool at WACO, they might have to be turned away because a third section would cost a lot of money. Second grade is also a strong class of 30 students. They are considering options, including finding a second instructor for subjects such as math and reading to break them into smaller groups. Dicks did not recommend splitting the second-grade class into two sections.

The next WACO Board of Education meeting is Sept. 18.

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