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Owning the Data: Improving Education at Bassette Elementary School

Owning the Data encompasses the very heart of the work done at Bassette Elementary School in Hampton, Virginia. Through an objective school quality review and a scope of work directed toward school improvement, the work was started to ensure that student learning and teacher accountability increased. Through this work double digit gains were seen in three areas and the climate and the morale of the school greatly improved.

Opportunity

Bassette Elementary is a Title 1 school located in Hampton, Virginia. Bassette is the only school in Hampton, Virginia that is currently on priority status. Bassette has been supported as they work through the steps to reach full accreditation by having direct support from central office as well as school assigned math and reading support. The superintendent has promised to give Bassette the support they need to not only come off of priority but to be fully accredited.

Solution

We planned and implemented a series of steps that resulted in double digit gains in math, language arts, and science. Our team conducted a School Quality Review that pointed at things done well and a place for improvement. Through a series of changes in staffing, finding more intervention time in the master schedule, monitoring staff through frequent observations and professional feedback, supporting staff with needed professional development, unpacking and supporting the teaching of appropriate standards, and focusing on student discipline and staff absenteeism Bassette has shown remarkable improvement that has been recognized as outstanding at the state level.

Outcome

As a result from input from division and school leaders, Cambridge Education was able to tailor its work to meet the needs of Hampton City Schools. Quarterly data meetings with school leadership and observers from Virginia Department of Education staff allowed for monitoring of school improvements. The Cambridge staff clearly supported Bassette with instructional coaching, professional development and the implementation of appropriate systems that support student growth and learning.

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