Our Education Program
Academically Rich Environment
Measuring Student Learning
At Imagine Andrews, we measure the academic performance of our students primarily based on same-student learning gains (i.e., the improvement in student achievement in reading and math measured for the same students from the beginning until the end of each school year). As educators, we realize that the quality of a child’s education cannot be measured solely by scores on standardized reading and math tests, which by their nature do not assess students’ conceptual thinking, their ability to do research and to evaluate and defend ideas, their skill at written and oral expression, or their success in collaborative or teamwork settings.
Therefore, we place heavy emphasis on measuring annual same-student academic progress. We test students at the start of each year to provide baseline information for a variety of tested skills and knowledge, enabling teachers to focus on the areas where each student needs the most help. We test students again at the end of the year to assess how much each student has progressed and how much on average the students in the class, the grade, and the school have gained. Thus we recognize a student, or an entire class, who started far behind grade level and made significant progress to catch up as having succeeded.
We realize that some students may start ahead of grade level. These students will likely score well on proficiency tests, while showing more modest learning gains since they are already ahead of their expected grade level. For this reason, we evaluate our schools using both same-student learning gains and performance on state tests, and grade our schools on the better of the two. Further, because all students are tested in the spring as well as the fall, all teachers will be able to begin the school year with data on each student. This data will enable the teachers to effectively differentiate for each student beginning on the first day of school.
Our assessments will be used to inform students, teachers, and parents about where a student is succeeding and the areas that need strengthening. Assessment will serve as a feedback system to guide teachers in lesson planning and individualizing instruction. Additionally, it will guide students in understanding what full mastery of a standard is, and it will keep parents informed about student progress.
Teachers at Imagine Andrews Public Charter School will also be trained to use assessments as a focused tool to accelerate achievement. In our classrooms, assessment will be:
Imagine Andrews PCS will employ a professional school counselor to deliver a comprehensive guidance and counseling program to all students. The School Counseling Program will be developmental and proactive in nature, consisting of individual, group, classroom, and school-wide guidance lessons. The school counseling program will be designed to assist students in these, as well as other areas, as determined by school officials:
- Facilitating personal and academic growth
- Encouraging the development of education and career decision-making
- Promoting the development of interpersonal skills
- Attending to the unique stressors faced by children of military families
Positive Character Development
Imagine Schools places a strong emphasis on each child’s character development and measures progress in student behavior and overall school culture. As a result, Imagine Andrews will integrate a Character Education curriculum, such as Core Virtues, into all areas of the school community.
The principles of character education are utilized as basic tenets for an integrated character education program. The program includes, but is not limited to, the following: