Systems, Strategies, & Supports for Improvement

Identified Needs Based on Data

Data from MCA and NWEA-MAP testing show continued need for improvement efforts in the areas of reading and mathematics. This is especially true as we look at the new ‘on track’ calculation from MDE based on the levels of student growth on the MCA. This indicator has decreased since 2015 from 70.4% to 69.8%. The same trend is exhibited for reading with a decrease from 62.4% in 2015 to 61.5% in 2016. Specific areas of emphasis include reducing the achievement gaps in federal subgroup categories and increasing access to advance coursework for all students.

Students and Families
  • Targeted Services: The Centennial School District offers a wide array of before and after school and summer targeted learning opportunities for qualifying students in grades K-8. The primary focus of this program is reading and math support.
  • Academic Interventions: Elementary interventions are available to students not on track for grade-level proficiency in reading including Minnesota Reading Corps and the Centennial Early Reading Foundations program. In addition to reading interventions, the Title I programs at Centennial Elementary School and Golden Lake Elementary offer services in mathematics.
  • Academic Support Classes: Students needing remedial help in math and/or reading are scheduled into academic support classes at the secondary level. The intent of these courses is to fill in the gaps in student learning so that students can return and be successful in subsequent courses.
  • LEAP (CHS) & Connections (CMS): Both the high school and middle school offer a break in the academic day for students to connect and recharge. 
  • Programming through Early Childhood Family Education, KC Preschool, and Early Childhood Special Education to support the early childhood needs of students.
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) at Centennial High School to support students traditionally underrepresented in higher education.
  • Cougar Café at Centennial High School to provide academic support and credit remediation.
  • English Learner programs at all schools
  • American Indian Education programming at all schools
  • Gifted Services program with school-within-a-school Odyssey Program housed at Rice Lake Elementary and programming at each elementary school and the middle school.
Teachers and Principals
  • Learning Targets: All classroom teachers have received training and are expected to post standard-based learning targets in their classrooms. Accountability for posting and appropriately referencing these targets has been incorporated into the teacher evaluation process.
  • Formative Assessment: Although the district has developed and teachers have used a variety of summative and benchmark assessments, the district has begun efforts to ensure that all classroom teachers use formative assessments to monitor student progress and adjust instruction.
  • Standards Alignment: As part of the district’s curriculum review process, the Department of Teaching and Learning worked with curriculum review committees on the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessments to standards.
  • Professional Learning Communities: PLCs will continue to use student performance data to determine strategies and interventions to implement.
  • Specific strategies employed by the schools as part of their improvement and staff development plans include:
      • Identification of priority standards, scope and sequence of expected knowledge and skills, and aligned learning targets
      • Continued development and analysis of common formative assessments
      • Cultural awareness and training in access and equity
      • Positive Behavior and Intervention System (PBIS)
      • Technology integration and tech-enabled curricular complements
      • Grading practices
      • Guided instruction in reading and mathematics
      • Student engagement strategies

District Programs and Services
  • Teacher Evaluation and Charlotte Danielson Framework: Recognizing the importance of teacher evaluation and the impact this process can have on the quality of our teaching force, the district has invested heavily on providing training and support to all of our building principals and district administrators. This includes initial training for all administrators and two teachers each year via Teachscape along with ongoing calibrations for administrators previously trained.
  • Teacher Leader Training: Similar to our principals, approximately 100 teachers having some form of leadership responsibility in the district have been provided multiple days of training on the Framework for Quality Teaching. The district Q-Comp Coordinator designed additional framework training that was part of each professional learning community.
  • Partnership with Minnesota State Mankato for training and support of student teachers using a co-teaching model for mutually beneficial and maximized student engagement.
  • Instructional Review: Each department in the Centennial School District engages in a review of their curriculum and educational best practices in a continuous improvement model. These reviews include an alignment to Minnesota (or other governing) standards as appropriate to the needs of the department and the state schedule for revising academic standards. PK-5 began engagement in an intentional study of elementary literacy instruction that will culminate with new materials and revised assessment and instructional practices.
  • Quality Steering Committee: The district QSC is chaired by the Superintendent of Schools and has membership including: School Board, building principals, district administrators, and teachers from all levels. The purpose of this committee is to examine and bring to resolution challenging issues that may require some in-depth study.
  • Principal Evaluation: Consistent with Minnesota statute, the Centennial School District has redesigned its principal evaluation process to align with this legislation. An important part of this process includes accountability for student academic growth.
  • Anti-bullying Efforts: In recognition that safe schools are important for student learning, the Centennial School District has adopted a new school board policy along with procedures and practices that will enhance the learning environment for all staff and students