As the 2017-2018 school year comes to a close, I want to thank you for all you did to make this a successful school year for our students. Your dedication, hard work, concern and compassion make a positive impact each and every day for our students and are the keys to their achievements.
Throughout this school year I was fortunate to visit DoDEA schools in every corner of the globe. It was a privilege to talk with many of you and see first-hand the exceptional instruction that is taking place. I can’t imagine any other school system having more dedicated employees or more supportive communities than we are blessed with here in DoDEA.
It’s been a year of progress, continued improvement, and dedication to excellence. We worked hard at continuing our implementation of our College and Career Ready Standards in Mathematics and Literacy. Thanks to your efforts, we also implemented a critical component of DoDEA’s Comprehensive Assessment System, with the administration this spring of the College and Career Ready Standards Summative Assessments in Mathematics and Literacy.
Consistent standards and assessments will ease transitions for our students and their families. These standards raise the bar on student expectations and better prepare them to meet the demands of college and the workplace in the 21st Century global economy.
This year, we also launched our Blueprint for Continuous Improvement, DoDEA’s new strategic plan for School Years 2018/19 through 2023/24. You will be hearing more about this plan over the course of the next school year and our focus on the strategic planning process and our collective efforts to make this plan dynamic, responsive, and reflective of our progress toward Excellence in Education for Every Student, Every Day, Everywhere.
This past school year we also celebrated the remarkable results our students achieved on the 2017 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) eighth grade students lead the nation in their scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2017 Reading Assessment and our fourth grade students tied with their counterparts in Massachusetts for the top score in the nation on the NAEP 2017 Mathematics Assessment.
In addition to strong performances on the NAEP 2017 8th Grade Reading and 4th Grade Mathematics Assessments, our fourth grade students scored second in the nation on the NAEP 2017 Reading Assessment and eighth grade students tied for third in the nation on the NAEP 2017 Mathematics Assessments. This year’s fourth and eighth grade student performance continues DoDEA’s overall strong performance on the NAEP Reading and Mathematics Assessments. This sustained progress and achievement of our students underscores the incredible dedication and hard work that our educators and support personnel do each and every day in our classrooms, schools, and offices.
For all of these efforts and for so much more not mentioned here, I want to personally express my admiration and gratitude. Our students rival the best in the nation in terms of character and academic standards, which is all thanks to your hard work.
This has been a dynamic school year in many ways. We are so fortunate to have such committed students, dedicated teachers and staff, and caring parents. Please focus on spending time with your families and friends and relaxing and recharging yourselves for next school year. I wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable summer and look forward to seeing you next year!
Thomas M. Brady