Superintendent’s District Academic Improvement Plan
It is the goal of Mount Vernon City School District to build the capacity of our teaching staff so that they can differentiate and modify instruction to meet the individual student needs. Using data analysis student achievement can be increased as reflected in improvement on NYSED assessments. Improving the level of staff performance is essential to ensuring student success and the key to improving staff performance is professional development. We realize the need to create a community of learners to increase student learning and achievement. The district realizes that professional development needs to be ongoing and continual, allowing teachers the chance to collaborate. Our teachers need time to learn what works and what doesn’t work.
The District has shifted its approach from professional development that is based on isolated workshops to a model that provides a fuller range of professional development opportunities.. The District is developing a stronger emphasis on the data-driven decision-making model to improve student achievement and this will include a well-defined connection to the professional development provided. Additionally, improved data collection and root cause analysis will support teachers and administrators in using assessment data to help identify strengths and weaknesses of students, assist in tracking student progress and plan teaching activities to meet student learning needs
The Mission of the Mount Vernon City School District, which celebrates diversity and is committed to providing a quality and nurturing educational program, is to recognize the uniqueness of all students and allow them to reach their potential through the dedicated services of its staff.
The Mount Vernon City School District will be a deistrict in which every child receives the attention, the focus and the cvhallenge of a professional, experienced and committe workforce. Our buildings will reflect the appropriate preparation for children organizationally, physically and materially. Although every school will be measured against itself, every school will be expected to improve each year. The classroom will be a place where academic rigor is delivered at the highest level. Classrooms will focus on literacy that is intellectually stimulating and cognitively engaging. All learning will be accompanied by the appropriate strategies. Students will have opportunities to articulate their opinions about critical issues and concerns to make comparisions and analogies to their own sphere of influence and to use their imaginations to draw conclusions, gain inferences and predict outcomes.
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