These past two weeks have been very intense as Willard students participate in Statewide MAP testing. Opinions regarding state assessment are varied. Some individuals believe highly in the practice to ensure accountability and quality while others believe that the local school district should be able to decide upon the manner in which student learning is monitored. Ultimately, it is a legislative mandate in Missouri. However, there is much that we are able to learn from the process.
Willard curriculum is locally developed by our teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators. We work to ensure that it reflects the necessary rigor and content which will allow students to be successful on the state exam.
Understanding that student learning cannot be assessed 100% accurately by a digital exam other measures are developed at the district, building, and classroom level. These measures are both formal and informal in nature. Ultimately, a comprehensive approach is required to determine student mastery of grade level content.
Angela Stevens, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, is in charge of the assessment process for Willard Schools. She has worked tirelessly this past two weeks to oversee the distribution of thousands of tests, training of teachers, counselors, and administrators, work with technology staff to deliver digital testing and content, and trouble shoot problems which arise. Great job to her and her department for a job well done!!! I look forward to results in the fall giving us reason to once again celebrate student learning!
Have a great weekend!
Willard Schools would like to say a big "thanks" to all those that took the time to vote and express their support for Willard kids! Voter turnout appears to have been strong at district precincts and that’s a tribute to our great Willard Schools community.
Story by Claudette Riley with Springfield New-Leader. Of the 1,326 students at Willard High School, 477 — or nearly 36 percent — are in choir or band. Student participation in school music programs is nearly 60 percent in middle school and 100 percent in elementary school.
As we head toward the end of the school year, it's time to start thinking about summer school. We will be offering two Kindergarten-8th grade sites again this summer. Summer school will be located at Willard North Elementary and Willard Orchard Hills Elementary. The dates are May 31st through June 24th from 7:30 am-2:00 pm.
One of the tasks we have as a school district is getting important information to you in a timely fashion. We believe it’s helpful to you and to the school if you have information about daily attendance, school cancellations, important reminders and emergencies as soon as possible.