Dr. Bridget Amory, Milford School District Director of Student Learning, presented the Board of Education with student progress numbers for the third marking period. At a previous meeting, Dr. Amory was asked to update the numbers as all schools reported that children seem to improve significantly in the third marking period.
“We are definitely trending in a more favorable way,” Amory said. “This is in part due to the hard work of our teaching and support staff as well as the natural progression of our students. Something happens during the third marking period that students have a light bulb go off and they seem to get it. We do have children we are genuinely concerned about and we are working with those families, just as we would in a non-pandemic year. We are offering some opportunities over the summer as well as during the school year.”
According to the numbers presented, Evelyn I. Morris currently has about 5 percent of all students at risk for retention and 11 percent have been referred to building support. Benjamin Banneker Elementary has between 3 and 9 percent of students at risk for retention with Grade 1 the highest at 9 percent. That grade also had 21 percent of students referred to the student support team with other grades having between 6 and 13 percent referred. Mispillion Elementary has between 2 and 9 percent of students at risk with Grade 3 the highest with nine as well as between 1 and 11 percent of students referred to the support teams. Lulu M. Ross has between 0 and 9 percent of students at risk for retention with Grade 1 the highest at 9 percent. Grade 5 has no students at risk for retention. Between 7 and 19 percent have been referred to the support team as well.
“The trends are going up at Milford Central Academy,” Dr. Kate Marvel, Supervisor of Secondary Learning, said. “You will see a combined percentage to moderate students are greatly decreasing and on track for promotion is gradually increasing. Our teachers are digging down to see how they can help those students. Our student performance is actually so good right now we are just shocked at the grid.”
Milford Central Academy currently has 14 percent of students who are at risk for retention and 8 percent sent to the support team. Milford Senior High School has 14.29 percent of students at risk of retention and 4.62 percent have been referred to the support team.
“The pandemic has clearly had an impact on our students,” Dr. Amory said. “Our support staff and teachers are working hard to meet the needs of our students and helping our students perform. The energy and excitement as kids returned to in-school learning. We believe this will also have an impact on our students.”
All the numbers presented can be viewed on the Milford School District website. Choose the Board, then Board Meeting tab and select Board Documents next to the Apr. 22 meeting.