By Nick Sestanovich
Two weeks ago, the principals of Benicia’s four elementary schools presented their Single Plans for Student Achievement (SPSA) at Benicia Unified School District’s governing board meeting. On Thursday, the principals of Benicia’s middle and high schools will be presenting their goals.
The SPSA is established by school site councils to develop goals, aligned to BUSD’s Local Control Accountability Plan, which would support the academic performance of all students. At the high school level, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) goals act as the SPSA, with the goals and actions updated each year to represent continuous growth cycles. Each site team studies state and local measures to gauge progress and put together plans that represent the uniqueness of each school.
For its plan, Benicia Middle School Principal Damian Scott has outlined five goals as well as provided progress not he goals from the 2015-2016 year. For example, one of the previous year’s goals was for students to increase their literacy proficiency by 10 percent on the CAASPP English Language Arts Assessment.