Oswego East High School

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Closing the academic testing gap between minorities, gender, and income levels is a focus of Oswego School District 308. Future January and May student testing data will show if improvement attempts have been successful. 

Twenty-seven percent or 4,594 students in the district of over 17,000 students are considered low income. Overall, 43 percent are black, 39 percent Hispanics, and 12 percent whites. 

Besides low income, Dr. Faith Dalhquist, 308 Associate Superintendent for Educational Services told the 308 board of education about the data.

Dalhquist, says new teaching practices are being inserted in reading and math for improved testing scores from elementary to high school levels. 

In one approach, the Oswego 308 District has used monies, including Covid relief or ESSER funds. 

For math, new steps will be addressed. 

Social emotional help for the teaching staff was addressed in the meeting. Changing teaching practices and posted learning targets in classrooms is starting to appear in repeated classroom visits, said Dahlquist. Teacher surveys are assisting in creating new professional development training. 

But hiring diverse backgrounds has taken a step forward in November’s hiring push although two percent black males and 25 percent males overall are in the teaching profession nation-wide. 

Dahlquist reminded Oswego 308 board members that not all of the 22 district schools tested low. 

The entire presentation can be found on the Oswego 308 website under 308 Live Meetings starting at the 1:15 mark.