Elementary Grade Configuration Ad Hoc Committee
The Elementary Grade Configuration Ad Hoc Committee was formed to review educational research and advise on elementary configuration (K-5 vs. K-6) for Board of Education recommendation on January 23, 2017.
Topics for Discussion:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
- Educational research on various configurations; and
- Comparison of experiences for students in each configuration (extraclass and intramurals).
Monday, December 12, 2016
- Implications for performance groups (currently Band 5, Chorus 4/5, Band 6/7, Chorus 6/7, Band 8-12, and Chorus 8-12;
- Instructional considerations (access to services; curricular implications); and
- Space considerations.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
- Scheduling implications (specials/electives); and
- Review of feedback for recommendation.
The Ad Hoc Committee was comprised of the following members:
Executive Director of Curriculum
Pupil Personnel Services Supervisor
Middle School Teacher
Board of Education Member
Board of Education Member
What was the process used by the Committee? Throughout this process, Committee members reviewed information on the various topics of discussion. To begin the review, individual Committee members ranked the six topics of discussion (criteria) to be reviewed in terms of importance. This individual feedback was summarized and the criteria were ranked according to the Committee member input.
Materials provided to the Committee show what currently occurs in a K-5 configuration, and what would occur in a K-6 configuration. The following occurred:
- Members working in small groups reviewed the information and individually provided written feedback on “benefits” and “challenges” of each configuration.
- The individual feedback was summarized to get a picture of what the majority of committee members perceived on each topic. The summary documents that are shared are unedited from the original feedback.
How was Committee feedback gathered? The following process provided a way to quantify the input and perceptions of the Committee members.
Benefits and challenges were tallied, with every instance of a comment counted toward the tally. For example, if a comment appeared eight times through the feedback, it was counted eight times to provide the appropriate weighting. A count of total benefits from a K-5 and K-6 configuration was determined. Percentages were then identified for each of the K-5 and K-6 configurations using the total benefits as follows:
- K-5 benefit comments divided by the total benefit comments of K-5 and K-6 equaled percentage of comments attributed to K-5; and
- K-6 benefit comments divided by the total benefit comments of K-5 and K-6 equaled percentage of comments attributed to K-6.
This same process was used for K-5 and K-6 configuration challenges.
How will the Committee arrive at a recommendation? After information is reviewed and feedback on all topics is gathered, the Committee members will make individual recommendations. The Committee will discuss the individual Committee feedback and make a recommendation to the Board of Education.
Comparison of Experiences for Students in Each Configuration (Extraclass and Intramurals)
Recommendation to Board of Education
At the Board of Education meeting held of January 23 ,2017, the Committee presented a recommendation to the Board of Education on the elementary configuration. PowerPoint slides are presented with the recommendation that the grade configuration remain as K-5 at T. J. Connor Elementary School and 6-12 at the Middle/High School. Rationale for the decision is included in the PowerPoint slides.