Updates for Stilwell Junior High School Families
April 10, 2023
Message from Principal Kuhnert
Conditions for Learning will be this Friday.
The Iowa Department of Education has included Conditions for Learning as part of the plan under the new federal education law, Every Student Succeeds Act. All Iowa public school districts will use Conditions for Learning Surveys (Surveys) to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment so that all Iowa students have optimum conditions for learning. Studies have shown this work matters. Improving skills such as solving problems, working out conflict, and working with other people in a group has led to double-digit increases on achievement test scores, improved classroom behavior and improved attitudes. Therefore, this work to improve safety, student engagement and the overall learning environment will have a lasting impact on the future.
All public schools in Iowa will use statewide online Surveys to assess Conditions for Learning in grades 3 through 12. Two versions of the Survey will be administered to students; one for students in grades 3-5 which has been adapted to be age appropriate for the lower grades, and one for students in grades 6-12.
The Surveys are (1) confidential, anonymous, and voluntary, (2) completed annually in the spring, and (3) focus on issues ranging from student safety, to positive student relationships, to school rules and how they are enforced. The information from the Surveys does not provide student-level results [all data are anonymous and aggregated],but does provide aggregated information that may be used by a school building to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and serves as a foundation on which to build an action plan for improving the learning environment for all students. The information will also help to determine the level of support needed by schools, and the resources they may need to provide an optimal learning environment for all learners.
Information will be provided to schools each fall as part of the ESSA Accountability Index. This Index is a broad indicator of a school’s needs, comprised of several measures such as student participation, academic achievement, student growth in academic areas, graduation rate, progress in achieving English language proficiency, postsecondary readiness - and Conditions for Learning for students in grades 3-5 and 6-12.
I share this information with families and students because this survey is 18% of our ESSA index score which makes it the most important score for 7th and 8th grade students. We have taken this survey at the same time as the other Iowa Assessment tests but feel that it is so important we are now focussing on it seperately and before students have test fatigue. Please inform your students to fill out the complete test but make sure it is based only on this years school experiences. That is most important because this is the school score for Stilwell only.
We appreciate our students and hope to improve our current index score with improvements idenfified in the survey.
Mitch Kuhnert- Principal
David Perrigo- Associate Principal
Families of Students of Color Support Group
When: 5:30-6:30 PM
12 Apr VALLEY HIGH - FORUM
10 May WDM LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER – FAIRMEADOWS ROOM
2022-2023 Yearbook Order
Students, you still have until April 21st to order your own copy of the Stilwell Yearbook!
Please visit Pay School Fees (go to items at Students school) to order and pay.
Iowa Statewide Assessment of Student Progress
Stilwell ISASP Online Tools Practice (In Tiger Time): April 17th - 20th
Stilwell Testing: April 24th - 27thISASP Modified Schedule (Link)
Kindness Club Golden Ticket
Conditions of Learning Information
Take the Conditions of Learning Survey
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