This week I will talk about STARS targets and the Evidence Based Plans (EBP) that are part of the Great Results Guarantee (GRG). Our STARS targets are our 5 week short term goals for every child in reading, spelling and number. These are for every child, whether they need extra help, need a challenge or are the middle of the road child. We want every child setting goals with their teachers and as the “E” in our YES Message says, we expect that “Ever Child Shall Improve”. There are only 3 goals in each of those areas, so the teachers, children and with your help, can focus closely on those specific targets. Then we review how the children have gone and set new targets or continue working on any areas not achieved. The EBPs are longer term goals for specifically targeted children. The EBPs cover the year, with a six month review to ensure the children are progressing towards their long term goals. The EBPs are for those children who we know will not meet the nation minimum standard (NMS) or that they may struggle to reach the NMS. Like the STARS targets that go home, so parents can see how they can support their children’s learning, the EBPs will also go home. Being an agreement, they are signed by myself as the Principal, the classroom teachers, sometimes a teacher aide, a parent and the student. Although I’m not positive that we will achieve the same great results we got last year in NAPLAN, both the STARS targets and the EBPs are tools to help us get there. Having the tools does not guarantee the children will progress, it’s everyone actually doing their part and putting the plans into action that will our children see progress.
What can you do to help at home? Make sure you have spoken to your child’s teacher/s about their STARS targets and if your child has an EBP that also, so that you know what they mean for your child. Ask about what you can do at home to make sure your child achieves their goals. Although the EBPs are reviewed 6 monthly, continually check in with your child’s teacher/s to see how they are travelling. As I say with most things, be informed about how you can support your child’s learning.