To the Board of Education:
My name, and I have been hired as a consultant to assess Pleasant Valley Elementary School. I will be looking at the school’s current strategy and will provide feedback and suggestions to improve the quality of work and ideas to improve students Standards of Learning (SOLs) test scores.
Currently the school is in a bit of disarray. The physical plant is not taking care of the issues that were affecting the school. There is furniture in the hallways and the building reeks of urine. The current administration is lacking as well. The current record keeping is a mess. There is no real structure to ensure record-keeping or to keep track of students’ academic achievement or advancement. An even bigger problem is that there is no accountability for the teachers. Teachers are also straying away from the core SOLs, they take field trips that are not related to subjects at hand. Logistically speaking, grade levels are not in the same wings providing a deterrent for engaging teachers to help one another, and student interaction. Another issue is that students are not scoring well on the SOLs.
Over-all I believe the school needs a change. There is a lot of pressure from the state to have students perform and meet higher expectations. The state is holding schools more accountable to help improve children’s education and learning. There is a lot that needs to be done in order to advanvce Pleasant Valley. First off, the school needs to become cleaner to promote a healthy learning environment. Teachers will need to be held accountable, and a way to track students’ progress and achievements should be put into place to help track and ensure accountability of the teachers. The locations of the classrooms should be fixed so the grade levels are near each other and this will facilitate teachers to provide assistance to one another. The school should become a more friendly cooperative...