Bitburg | February 28, 2017
Every Wednesday, Bitburg High School teachers from all four core areas, language arts, math, science, and social studies, as well as specialists meet together. They look at data from their specific subject area to see where students are and how best to meet all of their needs. The teachers discuss different strategies in order to ensure that what they are doing is effective in the classroom. Some of the strategies include reading non-fiction text across all subject areas, working on vocabulary words to ensure comprehension, using graphic organizers to organize thinking and writing, using Schoology for assessments, rubrics, and feedback, and working individually with struggling students. Last year, when teachers met together to create goals and discuss strategies for students, they worked on two different areas, students in the lowest quarter for standardized tests as well as students in AP classes. When Bitburg High School received their data this year, teachers were excited to see that what they had been doing made a difference. Student numbers had decreased to 0 students in the bottom quarter in reading, math, science, and social studies. Bitburg High School also increased the number of students in AP classes and doubled the number of students who scored a three or above on the AP Exam.