Pletnick delivers final Dysart year-end report

Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick speaks with a student. Dr. Pletnick will retire at the end of the 2017-18 school year. Dysart is conducting a search for her replacement. [File photo]

By Jennifer Jimenez
Independent Newsmedia

Dysart Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Gail Pletnick presented a year-end report at the June 27 Governing Board meeting at the Nathaniel Dysart Education Center, 15802 N Parkview Place.

While Ms. Pletnick is now retired from the district, the remaining team is focused on continuing to move forward using the valuable lessons they learned along the way under her leadership.

In academics, or goal A of the strategic plan, the objectives is to design and implement curriculum, instruction and assessments that support personalized learning and to design, select and implement multiple pathways for students and staff to utilize instructional resources and training that support personalized learning. The district met this goal, according to Ms. Pletnick.

“We met our goal with an increase in core honors in Algebra 3 and 4, as well as dual enrollment,” Ms. Pletnick said.

The Career Technical Education saw an increase in the number enrolled with 475 completing the program this year. AZMerit Scores increased as well, with 40 percent or more of students at or above average in English and math at the high school level.

Another improvement saw 45 percent of students scoring at or above average in the AIMS science test. GPA increased with 65 percent of students at or above 2.8.

Among K-8 students, AzMerit results improved with 50 percent or more of students at or above average in English and math for grades 3 through 8, while 65 percent of students were at or above average in the AIMS science test.

According to Ms. Pletnick, Dysart U is meeting the needs of staff and continues to grow.Governing Board member Jennifer Tanner said the program continues to be successful due to all the little components put in place to help teachers.

“We are ahead of the game and micro credentialing is spreading like wildfire, focusing on skills to allow teachers to choose and build that skill set,” Ms. Pletnick said. “I will also tell you we are seeing some interesting data from Innovation Academy and those kiddos are doing very well.”

Ms. Pletnick bid the board farewell and thanked district teachers and staffers for their efforts under her leadership.

“I want to thank the board who have worked so tirelessly to support the district and support me over the years. You make a difference in the lives of children and I truly appreciate the contributions you make and it will be felt in this community through the lives of those children for a very long time,” Ms. Pletnick said.

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