ESSER III funds will be used to provide continuity of education and services including positions such as a new math specialist, providing before and after school intervention for students to remediate and enrich. We will provide additional planning time that provides articulation of Arizona Standards with our scope & sequence to improve classroom instruction. All of our staff will address the learning loss (increasing learning opportunities) for vulnerable populations due to COVID-19 pandemic impact.
BUSD will ensure that the interventions implemented will address the academic impact of lost instruction time, social emotional and mental health needs of all students by assessments conducted by our preschool teachers, our reading/math specialists, and by site principals and their teachers and paraprofessionals.
Students who are selected for these programs are based on their classroom academic performances, intervention assessments, formative assessments, quarterly benchmarks, students emotional needs and metal health, teachers and principals recommendations, and parent alerts. These assessments will vary in their timing. With preschool, assessments are done daily and through Gold; students' progress are charted and students' needs are addressed per the data. When it comes to our reading specialist, formal assessments are completed at the beginning of the school year and during each quarter with a final assessment completed at the end of school year to denote the overall students' progress. At the elementary school, students will be evaluated on their progress through project based assessments. At the middle school, it will be more traditional assessments through formatives, quizzes, unit tests and some project based assessments. At our high school, these students are geared more toward recovering credits towards graduation. Assessments and monitoring will be very similar to regular school with completion of assignments, quizzes, unit tests, and finals.
Throughout the school year and into the future, principals and district level administration will collect the identified data from each intervention and chart students overall success who have participated in our interventions to determine the overall effectiveness of each program. It is our hope that students who participate in our preschool will be more prepared for kindergarten than students who have not. For students who are in our reading & math interventions, we want to see growth in students' reading & math abilities and more of a willingness for students to read participate in math activities and enjoy the experience. In our before / after school programs, we want all students to grow socially and emotionally through daily activities with students and teachers and build stronger academic foundations in our students, so they will be more confident when it comes to school. Finally, to give students who have been left behind in their academics because of COVID and school closures and/or a lack of academic exposure, a chance to catch up.
BASE Education Program, a CASEL approved social emotional program (SEL) for grades 1-12, will be implemented school-wide.