By Kimberly Pietsch Miller,
Loveland City School District assistant superintendent, teaching and learning
Whether it’s a better way to arrange the furniture in my office or a better way to help students learn, I’m an advocate for change; it is the way to improve and grow. That is exactly what we want to do in Loveland City Schools – find new ways of working to improve learning for our students.
One of the areas for growth this year is in the implementation of the Common Core Standards in English/language arts and mathematics. Adopted by Ohio in 2010, we have been transitioning to these new standards, but this year we will be moving full-steam ahead implementing these new and more rigorous learning standards which are designed to prepare our students for college and career after high school.
Another area of change is full implementation of Measures of Academic Progress (MAP). Last March we did a pilot of MAP in grades four and eight. This year, we are implementing MAP in grades K-9 in reading and math. This new assessment will provide teachers, students, and parents with timely and useful information about what students know and are ready to learn. Our goal in Loveland is growth for every child, and MAP is a tool that will improve our practices and the learning of our students.
Finally, we have revised our gifted service model to increase service to students. This school year we are able to expand services to our students who have been identified as gifted in the area of superior cognitive ability through reading and language arts. Approximately 11 percent of our third through eighth graders are identified as gifted in the area of superior cognitive ability. Previously we were serving only three percent of those students. We knew that we could do better; therefore, we have revised our service model to meet the needs of our high ability students.
Change can be uncomfortable, but in Loveland we want to continue to improve, and that means change. Our young Tigers are growing and changing every day, and we are going to do the same.
If you have any questions on the district’s teaching and learning vision, I encourage you to contact me. Feel free to visit the Loveland City Schools website (www.lovelandschools.org) to watch informative videos and audio presentations on our Common Core, MAP and revised gifted service model implementations.