Octorara Area High School

Octorara Area School District’s new school improvement plan was presented to the board at its June 10 meeting in preparation for approval June 17.

A state-mandated school improvement plan for the junior/senior high school is required because PSSA math scores from the 2017-18 school year did not meet targets for economically disadvantaged and learning support student subgroups.

Although the district could have created a plan just to cover those subgroups, it instead chose to address the entire building. The rest of the district is following the same process to develop a similar plan for kindergarten through sixth grade.

The plan focuses on three priority statements: Establish a culture of high expectations for success for all students, educators, families and community members; fully implement a multitiered system of supports for academics and behavior; and empower teachers to consistently and pervasively address individual learning needs. The documents outlines strategies to achieve those goals.

“The real work comes when we implement the plan. The plan means nothing unless we do the work and the students are meeting the goals,” Superintendent Michelle Orner said.

After the plan is approved by the school board, it will be sent to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. The full plan is available for inspection online at octorara.k12.pa.us.