- do you agree on the focus on math and science?
- class size is a constant issue for parents and yet this Plan, in my opinion, would continue to funnel I-728 money for class size reduction into other things like math coaches
- is it folly to aim so high in some areas like going from 33% of 10th graders meeting or exceeding the science standard to 80% in 5 years? Why not try doubling it but 80% is probably unreachable even with the best of intentions and planning.
- ditto for the 7th graders meeting or exceeding the math standard, going from 53% to 80%. This will all happen against the backdrop of shifting math curriculum and policies and it will happen in 5 years?
- Graduates meeting 4-year college entrance reqs. going from 17% to 40%? Why would that happen if our high school graduation reqs. don't align with basic college entry requirements?
- If there is a "School Performance Framework" where schools are identified on a "spectrum of excellence", how will schools and their communities feel about being named? We don't even have a public honor roll at most middle and high schools, how can we have a public honor roll for schools?
- there is mention of developing and implementing effective annual evaluations of programs but as Charlie has mentioned previously , Board policy already exists for this purpose
- and what about the "A" word? Accountability, the one that is splashed across every district piece of paper (although, oddly, not the information sheets handed out at the Strategic Plan meetings). What about that?
I did ask her about the assignment plan in the q&a. I mentioned that I understood the money was found to upgrade the technology for the assignment plan but that it would be awhile in getting that in order. I suggested that since the assignment plan is going to be so complicated and contentious that it might be better to use that time for more public meetings (and not schedule them all over some 2-week period). She smiled and said that what she had heard from parents was that they wanted diversity, neighborhood schools, choice and predictability. She got a big laugh. She said they are opposites and there will be lines drawn on a map that people will have to live with.
(Clarification: Dr. Goodloe-Johnson did not say first that there will be lines drawn on a map that people will have to live with; I did in my question to her. She merely echoed it back in her answer. Apologies for any misunderstanding I may have created. I will try to be clearer in the future.)
Update: I was reviewing my notes and left out one of the Q&As. A parent asked Dr. G-J how the Strategic Plan would impact alternative schools. She said that content would be specific to all grade levels (meaning, I believe, a standardized curriculum) but that schools could choose different delivery methods (keeping the alternative focus).
My suggestion is that every PTA put it on their agenda for next year to have one meeting devoted to what they want in an assignment plan. What are their concerns as a school community? This is especially important for elementary parents who are going to see this plan track their child for the rest of their academic career in SPS. If every PTA met and discussed this or regions did (NE, N, NW, etc) AND they spoke about what they found consensus on, it would be hard for the district to ignore. They can ignore a single parent concerns at a meeting on assignment but it would be very difficult to ignore elected representatives of each school or region speaking for hundreds of parents. I'm not suggesting that entire groups are going to agree on everything but I'll bet there are at least 2-3 things all might agree on (like we may want neighborhood schools but still want some degree of choice).