I have been meaning to do this for quite sometime, but I just found my copy of this. There are concrete metrics that
There are 4 Academic Milestones, each with multiple Academic Achievement Metrics. I don't know how this will come across, since I am copying an Excel Spreadsheet, but here are the metrics:
|Academic Milestone||Academic Achievement Metric|
|2-1||Annual Average Attendance|
|9th Graders Ready for High School||3-1||On-time 9th graders earning at least five credits (%)|
|10th Graders Passing WASL||4-1||Reading WASL (%)|
|4-2||Math WASL (%)|
|4-3||Writing WASL (%)|
|4-4||Science WASL (%)|
|Students Ready for College & Work||5-1||Graduates meeting college credit requirements (%)|
|5-2||On-time cohort graduation rate (%)|
|5-3||Graduates enrolling in a post-secondary educational program (%)|
I can't speak to what the goals for Cleveland and Aki Kurose are, I can only speak about Rainier Beach High School. The data is created by the Research, Evaluation, and Assessment Department.
In the 2010-2011 school year, the goals for RB is an enrollment of 500 with average annual attendance of 88%. In 2007 - 2008 we had 361 students with an average annual attendance rate of 81%.
In 2010 - 2011, RB should have 74% of the 9th graders earning at least 5 credits. In 2007 - 2008, 64% of the freshmen earned at least 5 credits.
In the 2010 - 2011 year, the goal is for 87.1% meet the WASL standard in
The data for Students Ready for College and Work is not complete. My copy of the spreadsheet says that the 2010 – 2011, the goal for on-time graduation is 80%. In 2006 - 2007, that number was 64%. The other two metrics were not filled in. Im sure it is because the data had not been complied. Given the fluid nature of the student body at RB, I'm sure this is very hard to do.
These are pretty lofty goals. I like the idea of having something that we can wrap our arms around and understand. I don’t know if we are going to make all of them. I know the staff and administration at RB are fully committed to this. My initial thought is that 3 years really is not a long enough period of time to determine success or failure, since in 2010 – 2011, this years’ 6th graders will only be in the 8th grade. I would of liked to have seen a 6 year commitment, so any student who is entering Aki this fall, would have the benefit of the SE Initiative for his or hers entire secondary education. Maybe there will be enough success so that 3 years from now, this program will be renewed and expanded to include all the schools in the SE and we can make real progress in closing the achievement gap and the enrollments are RB, Cleveland and Aki have increased.