Cooper Upper Elementary is a data-driven school. We focus our school improvement efforts around three basic questions:
1. What do we want students to know and be able to do?
In the area of reading
--we expect students to be able to effectively summarize varied types of non-fiction/informational texts.
In the area of writing
--we expect students to compose non-fiction/informational texts that are clearly focused and contain rich and relevant detail.
In the area of mathematics
expect students to be competent with basic numerical operations and
facts. Additionally, we expect students to successfully complete
the units of study in both the EveryDay Mathematics Program (grade five)
AND the Connected Mathematics Program (grade six).
2. How do we know when/if students have learned the content we want them to learn?
assessments are needed in order for our staff to determine core
competency of a student in each of the "essential content" areas listed
In the area of writing, student progress is evaluated
with writing assessments developed by Cooper staff and
scored against a state benchmark for competency.
In the area of
reading, student progress is evaluated with summarizing assessments developed by Cooper staff and scored against a rubric
developed by the state and revised by our district and school literacy
In the area of mathematics, student progress is
evaluated by utilizing building developed assessments that are scored
against a benchmark established by best practice and our school and
district mathematics leaders.
3. What do we do as a school community if students do not learn what we need them to learn?
students do not demonstrate competency in any area targeted by our
school improvement planning process, teachers are expected to utilize
our Pyramid of Intervention Process. This process
allows for the classroom teacher to seek additional support for
themselves and for the student in a variety of tailored ways. Failure
is not an option at Cooper, and we work hard as a collective staff to
make sure that all students are provided with multiple opportunities to
demonstrate competency and success in all of our school improvement
We invite parents to become involved and ask to see
their child's assessments in reading, writing, and mathematics on a
regular basis. Together, we can insure that Cooper students leave us
ready to succeed at middle school and beyond!