Letter to families - MOSL

posted Apr 27, 2015, 8:58 AM by Sylwia Jasinski

Dear Families,

Last school year marked the start of Advance, the new development and evaluation system for teachers. Advance is founded on the belief that all students can achieve and that teachers are the most important school-based factor in influencing that achievement. Understanding how students are performing is a crucial step toward recognizing outstanding teaching and encouraging meaningful improvements in teaching and learning. For this reason student growth measures, known as Measures of Student Learning (MOSL), are included as part of each teacher’s Advance rating.

At the beginning of the year, many teachers administered baseline assessments to better understand their students’ strengths and how best to support their growth. This spring, as part of Advance, many teachers will administer an end-of-year assessment in their classroom to better understand how much their students have grown since the beginning of the year, reflect on the effectiveness of their instruction, and plan for next year.

In the next few weeks, your student may have questions or concerns about the assessments they take in school. As always, we encourage you to speak with them about working hard and doing their best. If you have questions about these assessments or Advance, please contact Ms. Sylwia Jasinski, our Parent Coordinator.

This is an exciting time for our schools, teachers and students. We are confident that these assessments will be a powerful tool for improving teaching and learning across our city and that Advance will help our teachers prepare students for success in college and career.


Ms. Loretta M. Witek



Sylwia Jasinski,
Apr 27, 2015, 8:58 AM