Mt. Ephraim Report Cards to Change

Report cards in the Mt. Ephraim schools will have a different look because of the new student management system, said Mt. Ephraim School Superintendent, Leslie Koller, at last week’s Board of Education (BOE) meeting.

Koller explained: “OnCourse is our new student management system. Because the templates are different, the report cards will look different than they have in the past.”

Individual skills in some grades will be noted with the following designations: highly proficient, proficient, partially proficient, and below proficient.

Koller also spoke about the shift to standards based report cards. She noted that this year, Haddon Heights totally switched to standards based and that the transition process took about one year.

For the Mt. Ephraim School District to switch, she said: “That is a project we need to have the community and the teachers involved. It takes a lot of work. We are going to put that for down the road.”

A parent addressed the BOE about the term “modified curriculum” on the report cards. She said: “As a special education teacher and as a parent of a special education student, ‘modified curriculum’ doesn’t mean that they don’t work just as hard for the grades they receive.”

In other matters, the superintendent said that she has been researching options for an online conferencing system that is user friendly and not expensive.

As for the PARCC results, Koller said she is expecting to receive the results and will need time to analyze the information in order to be fully prepared to respond to parents’ questions.

Board member, Carl Ingram, stated that after the board reorganizes in January, talks will start concerning the teachers’ contract.

Contracts for both the superintendent and the teachers are up on June 30, 2016.

Board member, Mario Alibrando, spoke about the Mt. Ephraim Education Foundation exploring options for teachers to submit grants that would outline their needs.

During the business portion of the meeting, the BOE approved all motions.

The BOE approved a retirement for a staff member and the list of substitutes for Insight Workforce Solutions.

*Article originally appeared in the November 26, 2015 edition of the Gloucester City News.