A review of Omaha Public Schools Board of Education meetings. 
Dec. 4, 2018

Following each Board of Education Meeting, the Office of District Communications recaps the board meeting in the Board Digest.
#OPSProud Spotlight - Burke High School Class A Football State Champions
Congratulations to our 2018 Class A State Champions, the Burke High School varsity football team. The team defeated Grand Island Senior High 24-20 in Lincoln at Memorial Stadium on Monday, Nov. 19. This is Burke’s first state football title in the school’s history. 
Board of Education Consent Agenda
Consent Agenda Items
Consent agenda items are items packaged into one agenda item. They are often routine and garner very little discussion.

The consent agenda items were:
  • Staff Adjustments
  • Certificates Of Substantial Completion - 2014 Bond Program - Oak Valley Elementary School
  • Change Order No. 004 - 2014 Bond Program - Capital Improvements & Renovation - Oak Valley Elementary School
  • Design Firm Selection - 2018 Bond Program - Capital Improvement & Renovation Project Bryan High School
  • Design Firm Selection - 2018 Bond Program - New Elementary School 1000 N. Fort Crook Road
  • Second Reading Policy Updates
  • Schematic Design Approval - 2018 Bond Program - Catlin, Conestoga, and King Elementary School Capital Improvement & Renovation Project
  • To view the entire agenda, click here.
Board of Education Information Items
Assessment Overview - Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) Test
The Research Department provided an overview of district assessments. The District has an assessment steering committee comprised of teachers, principals, Omaha Education Association members, district administration and research staff. The committee is tasked with outlining, scheduling and planning for implementation of district assessments.

District assessments serve three main purposes:
1) To measure student achievement to meet rigorous curriculum standards and communicate this information to parents.
2) To provide information to staff to improve instructional practices and meet students' needs.
3) To evaluate and to monitor the effectiveness of district curriculum and instructional practices.

The district has a legal requirement to administer some assessments based on state and federal examples. An example is the NSCAS or Nebraska Student-Centered Assessment System, which is required by the state of Nebraska.

In 2017-18, the district adopted the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test. The MAP Test is given to all students in grades kindergarten through 10th grade. Students take the reading and math portion in all grade levels. Science is given to grades 3-10. This test was chosen because it met many of the criteria that the district was looking for in a district assessment. The assessment is given on a computer and is considered to be adaptive, meaning that the questions get harder or easier based on how students answer questions. This helps to give teachers and parents a better picture of exactly where a student is performing, instead of just above grade-level, at grade level or below grade level. The goal of the test is not proficiency but instead to gauge each students learning level. The assessment also measures student knowledge at the beginning, middle and end of the year.

Teachers can use the data to create lesson plans based on students learning level. The assessment then sets an individual growth goal for students. It tracks their growth, as well as if they meet the growth goal. The data can also be used for grade level comparison and to review data at the individual, school and classroom levels. MAP also meets the Rule 10 requirement from the state.

Research has taken a train-the-trainer model to ensure that all staff receive training on MAP testing. The Academic Data Representatives (ADRs) for each building are trained and then turn around and share that training and knowledge with their building. In Year 1 (2017-18) the focus was on understanding how to use the MAP system and understanding reports. Year 2 (2018-19) focus has been on informing instruction using MAP data and the learning continuum. Year 3 (2019-20) will focus on growth and student goal setting.

Some of the challenges encountered at schools has been the ability to train all staff, access to technology and the time to complete the test.

2017-18 was a baseline year for OPS students taking the MAP. However, with using the MAP test, teachers and staff can already see the percentage of positive growth and the number of students who are meeting or exceeding their growth goals.

To learn more about the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test, click here.

To view the entire presentation, click here.
Policy Updates
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Chief of Staff, Matt Ray shared the proposed updates to two policies from the policy committee.

To review the policies, click on the name below.

The policies will have the first reading at the Dec. 17 Board of Education meeting.
Important Information for OPS Staff
New High School Community Information Meetings
In May 2018, the citizens of Omaha approved a $409.9 Phase 2 bond issue. The Phase 2 bond includes funds to build two new high schools to address the growing population of students in OPS. OPS will host two community meetings on the new high schools. The meetings will include an overview of the project, review of the design scheme, review of types of spaces being planned and time for questions and answers. Both high schools are scheduled to open in the Fall of 2022.

The meetings will take place:

156th & Ida New High School Community Meeting
Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
Davis Middle School gym

60th & L New High School Community Meeting
Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018
6 to 8 p.m.
Ashland Park Robbins Level 1 commons area
(use main entrance - room directly on the right)
CHI Health and Omaha Public Schools partner to honor teachers across the OPS district
CHI Health wants nominations of Omaha Public School teachers changing the lives of students. Each month, they’ll surprise a Top Teacher nominee with a treat basket for the teacher's lounge and a gift card. CHI will draw winners on the last Friday of the month. CHI Health will select winners from three different grade levels across the district.
 
Anyone can nominate a Top Teacher at  CHIhealth.com/TopTeachers .
Next OPS Board of Education Meeting
The next regularly scheduled Board Meeting will take place on Dec. 17. It is tentatively scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
 
Board of Education Agenda
To review previous Board of Education agendas, click here.

How Can I Watch a Previous Board of Education Meeting?
The video from the meeting will be available by the Wednesday at noon following the meeting. The video can be viewed by clicking here.
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