CREATING OUR PROFILE OF A GRADUATE
Life in the 21st Century necessitates that public education not only provides rigorous academic content, but it must also be more deliberate about Social/Emotional Learning, fostering critical thinking, developing communication skills, providing opportunities for collaboration, inspiring creativity, and other skills our students need to succeed in this changing world.
As we move forward into our upcoming Comprehensive Planning in BASD, we believe it is critical to articulate a Profile of a BASD Graduate - a collection of skills and characteristics identified to be important for success in life after high school. The Profile of a BASD Graduate will not only focus on basic content knowledge but on multi-faceted characteristics that are important to the future success of each student. Our goal is to work collaboratively with all stakeholders to develop a profile that will reflect an emphasis on producing graduates with key skills/qualities that include, but also extend beyond content that is measured on high stakes, standardized tests. It will be important to embed components of the 4Cs (Communication, Critical Thinking, Collaboration, and Creativity) into the profile as these are necessary qualities for success in life after high school.
Boyertown Area School District has embarked on a journey to create our Profile of a Graduate. Our Profile will serve as a guiding light as we address the necessities of 21st Century learning while engaging our students, educational team, and community stakeholders as ONE BOYERTOWN learning community.
As we began our journey, we recognized the need to create a collective vision of our learning community’s aspirations for all students. Using the work completed by former leadership teams in collaboration with our entire learning community, we set out to create that collective vision and refine our mission.
As a result, our Board of Directors ratified the following BASD Dashboard on August 27, 2019:
The development of our Dashboard was the first step in moving to an updated COMPREHENSIVE PLAN that will be filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Comprehensive Planning is a web-based framework for thoughtful data-driven and research-based district and school planning. Comprehensive Planning facilitates communication and collaboration, promotes shared practices and resources, and ensures that every stakeholder is working toward common goals. Additionally, Comprehensive Planning assists local education agencies (school districts, charter schools, area vocational-technical schools/career, and technical centers, and intermediate units) to create and manage a continuous, comprehensive plan to submit to the Department in order to maintain compliance with state and federal mandate.
The Comprehensive Planning web application's purpose is to serve as a single, streamlined, systematic, comprehensive planning process and plan management system for LEAs and schools within the Commonwealth.
Features of the online Comprehensive Planning web application include:
- Single district-level plan instead of six separate plan reports
- School-level data analysis is shared to the district level plan
- District strategies and action steps influence school level planning
- A single site for stakeholders district-wide to view district & all school plans
- Streamlined user roles
The Boyertown Area School District is required to post a draft of our Comprehensive Plan for 28 days. This draft will be available until January 27, 2019. After that time, we will post the final plan to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This plan will be in effect from July of 2020 through June of 2023.
All of this planning and the subsequent implementation of our Dashboard and Comprehensive Plan and development of our Profile is of little or no significance without action plans and performance metrics. We need to monitor our progress towards achievement and make any necessary adjustments and changes to ensure student and school success. While the Dashboard and Comprehensive Plan are more static in nature, our action plans and metrics are more fluid. Those documents will change over time.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than just standardized test scores.
Launched in November 2018, the Future Ready PA Index is the result of discussions with thousands of educators, parents, advocates, policymakers, and business leaders across Pennsylvania about how communities should evaluate schools.
The tool moves beyond a single, summative score to increase transparency around school and student group performance – it features a dashboard approach to present data and information. The Future Ready PA Index illustrates student and school success via three color-coded categories: academic performance, student progress, and college and career readiness, providing the public with a more comprehensive look at how Pennsylvania's schools are educating students.
The Future Ready PA Index is Pennsylvania’s new public-facing school progress report that recognizes that students – and the schools that serve them – are more than just standardized test scores. The PA Future Ready Index incorporates a wider range of criteria to measure school performance such as career awareness activities, advanced placement course offerings, and dual enrollment opportunities with higher education institutions. The Index includes a range of assessment, on-track, and readiness indicators, to more accurately report student learning, growth, and success in the classroom and beyond.
For more details, please visit: Future Ready Index for Policymakers
The Index is available to the public. You can view BASD school performance data and compare up to eight other schools of your choosing by visiting: The Future Ready PA Index
In order to create consistent focus throughout the district, the Boyertown Area School District has created an action planning template. All of our building, administrative, and school board teams have embarked on using this action planning template to create, guide, and assess their progress towards their data-driven needs analysis. All of these action planning tools will be used to determine the degree in which the district teams achieved a set of elements towards establishing measures of accountability to support overall student growth and achievement.
Each of the action plans will be based upon a criterion matrix that will be used by the district teams as an evaluative tool to assess whether the teams have achieved their pre-defined goals.
With a consistent Boyertown Area School District Action Planning template, the Boyertown Area School District School Board will have:
- Enhanced clarity and focus in district purpose
- Increased focus on desired district cultural attributes
- Alignment among vision, mission, overall district goals and building-level targets
- Enhanced alignment of district resources with specific needs
- Focus and clarity of objectives for discussions and decisions
- Ongoing performance monitoring, evaluation, and discussion
Here are the links to the action plans for each of our schools:
BASH Action Plans 2019-2020
MSE Action Plans 2019-2020
MSW Action Plans 2019-2020
Boyertown Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020
Colebrookdale Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020
Earl Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020
Gilbertsville Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020
NHUF Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020
Pine Forge Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020
Washington Elementary Action Plans 2019-2020