February 15, 2019Dear King Philip Regional School District Families:
The federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires districts to annually distribute district & school report cards to the parents/guardians of all children enrolled in district schools. The report card for 2018 has just been released. Just as your child’s report card shows how they are doing in different subjects, the report cards are designed to show families how our schools are doing in different areas. A link to the 2018 district and school report cards are now available at https://www.kingphilip.org/domain/22 .
The report cards include multiple measures of district and school performance – more than just MCAS scores. It represents a new way of looking at performance, by providing information on student achievement, teacher qualifications, student learning opportunities, and more. Report cards are designed to be useful tools for everyone connected to our district and schools. Families can use the information to have meaningful conversations with us about what our schools are doing well and where there is room for improvement. Community and education leaders can use the information to better understand how to support students and our schools.
You will notice on our report card that longitudinal performance demonstrates that almost all of our students are proficient or better by completion of the high school MCAS (ELA-98% and Math-90%). The state reporting format also highlights that 76% percent of our students are choosing to pursue either Advanced Placement or more rigorous math/science options.
As part of our ongoing school improvement processes, there are several ways that you can get involved. They include:
- Encouraging your child’s learning at home by talking with them about what they are learning and viewing progress/ report cards in IPARENT
- Attending parent teacher meetings and other special meetings such as conferences
- Communicating with the teachers, guidance, and the school as needed
- Becoming involved in our parent groups such as the KP Parent Network, KPMS PTSO, and School Councils.
As we prepare our students for high school and the years beyond, we review changes in our curriculum which are based on Massachusetts established Curriculum Frameworks. Our curriculum guides are available on our website.
Finally, you also have the right to request the following information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers:
- Whether your child’s teacher is licensed in the grade levels and subject areas they teach
- Whether your child’s teacher is teaching under an emergency license or waiver.
- The college degree and major of your child’s teacher
- Whether your child is provided services by paraprofessionals and, if so, their qualifications
For more information about what we are doing to improvement student achievement or to request information about the qualifications of your child’s classroom teachers, please feel free to contact our main offices at KPMS or KPHS.We value the shared effort that contributes exponentially to the success of our students and school, and we are grateful for your continued support.
Dr.Susan Gilson, Assistant Superintendent/ MS Principal