2. After analyzing all data, what do you believe are the root causes of the problem you have identified? Comment on: organizational culture, external factors, organizational structure, student demographics, instruction and preparation, and curriculum.
The root causes are proving to be the most challenging to determine. From my slow progress of gathering specific data on each student through conversations with the teacher, classroom observations, looking through student cum files, and looking at math assessment scores my conclusion so far is that each of these students is struggling in math for different reasons- most having to do with family or health circumstances that prevented students from getting steady math support and instruction in years prior to sixth grade. I am not yet ready to report out for each student, as I am still looking through and sorting the data, but the family circumstances, family culture, and health issues, coupled with the fact that (in my opinion) the math curriculum hasn't been strong at our site (until the introduction of the Accellus program this January) seem to the major root causes. This means that the approaches, objectives and goals set for each student will be highly personalized. This is not in any way a bad thing, just more time consuming.
3. Based on an outcome you would like to attain for the target group, write 1 goal and 2-3 objectives that support that goal. (Create a SMART goal – specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, timely.)
Goal: Sixth grade students will improve their STAR assessment math scores.