Lee’s Summit R-7 Academic Systems Review findings shared with staff members

// Posted By Janie Rohlfing

Results from the Lee’s Summit R-7 School District’s Academic Systems Review are being shared with all district instructional staff members during late February and March. A comprehensive review of the district’s instructional operations, curriculum and assessment was conducted with the assistance of an outside entity last fall. The goal was to provide feedback to the district for reflection, growth and improvement.

A five-member team from Curriculum Management Solutions Inc. conducted an on-site review during September 2016. During the review, the team visited all R-7 schools, analyzed Lee’s Summit R-7 curriculum and evaluated assessment efforts and planning. In addition, the Curriculum Management Solutions experts gathered stakeholder feedback by interviewing internal and external stakeholders in focus groups and by conducting community surveys. All Lee’s Summit R-7 parents were invited to take the online survey with approximately 3,500 participating.

An overview of findings from the Academic Systems Review were presented to the Board of Education at a Jan. 19 work session. Contracting with the outside entity for the review was recommended by the Lee’s Summit R-7 Instructional Operations Team after a comprehensive review.

“Lee’s Summit R-7 is a high-functioning, successful school district, and this review emphasizes our focus on continuous improvement,” said Dr. Dave Benson, interim superintendent. “We are especially grateful to the many staff members and parents who took the time to provide feedback for this review through the focus groups and surveys.”

The Academic Systems Review final report is designed as an exception report, which does not emphasize all of the aspects going well in a school district. Instead, an exception report highlights opportunities for improvement in an effort to move the entire school district forward with the ultimate goal of improving student learning.

“While the Academic Systems Review final report was an exception report, the review team shared several strengths about the district that included a supportive community, our professionals working in schools and the continued excellent academic results of our students when compared to the highest performing districts in the state,” said Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent of instruction and leadership.

The complete report and recommendations, totaling more than 350 pages, are being integrated and aligned to the district’s Destination 2021 five-year strategic plan. Examining the report’s recommendations and determining implementation is a multi-year process that will involve many staff members from throughout the district.

Lee’s Summit R-7 staff members from several schools participate in the Feb. 22 Academic Systems Review presentation. Dr. Kevin Daniel, associate superintendent for instruction and leadership, discusses the review with the group.

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