Glossary

Assessment: Test, exam, exercise or any other way student demonstrate mastery of a standard. See also: Formative Assessment and Summative Assessment.

AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress: A federal requirement under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) for measuring student performance over time. The basis of AYP is student performance on reading and mathematics standards. It is important to note that all Nebraska public schools are required to meet state accountability measures as well as AYP.

Differentiation: Instruction individualized for each student to promote growth, recognizing individual students learn in different ways and at different paces and may respond to different teaching techniques.

ELA: English Language Arts: This is the subject grouping for all grades. The classes teach literacy skills in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

ELL: English Language Learner: The English Language Learners program in Gering Public Schools helps students of all age and grade levels learn English.

Formative Assessment: Any assessment teachers use to gauge student understanding during the learning process. Teachers use the formative assessments to give feedback and additional instruction where needed. Scores on formative assessments typically are not counted toward a student's grade in a class, rather they are used to better determine how well a student is understanding a particular lesson or unit.

HAL: High Ability Learners: Program to provide educational experiences to challenge students and foster continued growth.

IEP: Individualized Education Program: An IEP defines the individualized objectives of a child who has been found with a disability, as defined by federal regulations. The IEP is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily than they otherwise would. In all cases the IEP must be tailored to the individual student's needs as identified by the IEP evaluation process, and must especially help teachers and related service providers (such as paraprofessional educators) understand the student's disability and how the disability affects the learning process.

Infinite Campus: The Infinite Campus Student Information System provides the Gering Public Schools with the integrated tools needed to streamline student administration, enable stakeholder collaboration and individualize instruction. Infinite Campus is web-based so educators, parents and students have access to information from anywhere at any time. The system also serves as a district-wide data warehouse allowing student data to be entered once and leveraged across the entire district supporting data-driven decision making.

Intervention: Planned set of procedures aimed at teaching students a specific set of academic or social skills. It is more than a single lesson but less than an entire curriculum.

NePAS: Nebraska Performance Accountability System: The State Board of Education and Nebraska Department of Education staff developed a state accountability system as required by state law 79-760.06 called Nebraska Performance Accountability Systems. In August 2012, the State Board of Education adopted NePAS, which is based on student scale scores within grades, buildings and districts. The system is intended to inform educators, parents, school board members, community members and policymakers about the learning progress of Nebraska schools and school districts.

NeSA: Nebraska State Accountability Test: As outlined in the Quality Education Act of Nebraska Revised Statutes, statewide tests in reading, mathematics, science, and writing were developed and are administered to all Nebraska public school districts annually. The testing schedule includes the following grades: Reading and Mathematics: Grades 3-8, 11; Science Grades 5, 8, 11; Writing Grades 4, 8, 11. The centralized statewide tests, Nebraska State Accountability, NeSA, were first introduced in 2010 as outlined in the legislation and became fully operational in 2012 when the NeSA science tests were administered. The test administration window begins with writing in mid-January and is three weeks long. The NeSA reading, mathematics, and science tests are given from the last week of March until the first week of May, a six-week testing window. Make up tests are required, as the expectation is that all students in the assigned grades will be included in the tests. The tests in reading, mathematics, and science consist of 45-60 multiple-choice items depending upon the subject and the grade level. These tests are administered in two parts and are not timed. Within the testing window districts determine test administration schedules based on recommendations by NDE. The tests are administered in accordance with the scripted directions in the administration manuals, and all districts are expected to follow those directions.

OT/PT: Occupational and Physical Therapy: The mission of our Occupational and Physical Therapy department is to provide services to eligible students in order to promote their participation and independence within their educational environment. As a related service, we support the "educational" well-being of the child. Occupational Therapists provide support of skills in the areas of fine motor development and self help skills. Physical Therapists provide support for students with gross motor development and positional concerns.

RtI: Response to Intervention: RtI is a problem-solving process. Students are given assessments to gauge understanding. These assessments lead to individualized instruction to maximize learning. Students are matched with their appropriate level of challenge to push their learning. Keeping all students engaged reduces behavior problems. Progress is continually monitored. The main purpose of RTI is to improve achievement for all students.

SRO: School Resource Officer: These are the police officers assigned to assist Gering schools. They are paid in part by GPS and in part by the Gering Police Department. Officers not only handle police and security matters at our schools, but also teach students classes on responsibility and respect.

Summative Assessment: Any assessment teachers use to gauge a student's mastery of a standard after a set amount of time - end of term, end of unit, etc. In most cases at GPS, this accounts for the greatest percentage of a student's final grade in a class.

Gering Public Schools
1519 10th Street Gering, NE 69341
Phone: 308-436-3125
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