The Board of Education and the Administration are launching a new initiative to guide the East China School district through a 3-5 year Strategic Plan. The purpose of this initiative is to help us develop new goals and strategies for continuing to offer an excellent education for our students, while using scarce public education resources in the most effective and efficient way.
The benefits of the strategic planning process are many. Most notable are:
It provides integrated, important input from community and staff
It presents a succinct and graphic picture of the district’s current status
It sets focused strategic goals that identify target areas to improve student achievement
It clearly delineates the role of the Board of Education and the superintendent/staff in strategic planning
It uses data to set goals and make important decisions
It helps identify areas to allocate increasingly scarce resources
It aligns Board priorities with school improvement processes
Stakeholder feedback is an important part of the planning process. Community members, parents, students, teachers and all district staff members will have the opportunity to give input on the strengths of the district, opportunities for improvement, barriers for implementation, and their vision for the district.
Stakeholder input, along with essential district data, provides the basis for the district to choose approximately five priority goals to be implemented over the next three to five years.
The community is invited to participate in the process by providing their feedback at a meeting to be held Wednesday, February 1st at 6:00 pm in the Board Room of the East China Administration Building, 1585 Meisner Rd or by clicking on the "Strategic Planning Survey" link on the left side of this page.
The results of your child's performance on last spring's M-STEP, Michigan's statewide assessment are coming home with your child this week.
The M-STEP assessment that your child took last year was more challenging than the assessment they took the previous year. The assessment your child took in the spring of 2016 contained computer adaptive questions, which means that the better they did the harder the questions became or vice versa.
If the scores on your student's report is not what you are used to have previously seen, please understand that the first time any of us do anything new it sets a baseline for improvement. I'm confident that as your student has more exposure to the new State standards, practice with them and we all get used to taking adaptive assessments online, results will improve.
Please trust that now that we have the results, East China administrators and teachers will be working together to identify areas in which we can improve so that over time, each student or graduate will be better prepared to succeed in the next grade level and after high school, in college or post-secondary training, a career, and life. We take this idea of post-secondary success very seriously as evidenced by our position in the county as a leader in the percentage of graduates attending two- and four-year colleges and training programs.
But, as you are probably aware, competition for those post-secondary opportunities are becoming more competitive every year. To that end, we welcome Michigan's commitment to higher standards and more rigorous tests that prepare our students to not just compete for opportunities but secure them.
Thank you for allowing the East China School District to be a part of your child's education.