"We don't have charter schools. So let's put that over there, and let's talk about something else. How about kids being successful, how about kids being challenged? How about providing interventions to close the achievement gap?"Okay. Let's talk about those things.
How about kids being successful and challenged? Under Dr. Goodloe-Johnson's administration, what changes have we seen? On the good side we have seen more AP classes in the high schools that didn't have many before. We have certainly seen more students taking AP classes. That's in the high schools. What have we seen in K-8? More schools have been designated as ALOs, but there is no quality assurance so we don't know if there is anything there beyond the official designation. That's particularly true with Spectrum programs.
Is there really a Spectrum program at Aki Kurose? In 2008-2009 there were two Spectrum students there. Two. And those two were in the 8th grade that year. They both graduated. That's the latest data available. It is very possible that there were zero Spectrum students at Aki Kurose this past year and it is very likely that there will be none there in the coming year. How, exactly, can anyone say that the school has a Spectrum program? What's the story at other designated Spectrum sites?
And why isn't there adequate Spectrum capacity in the north-end? Why didn't capacity management right-size the capacity of those programs to meet the demand?
APP is not improved. She has not kept her commitments to the students in that program.
Challenge isn't just for students in the advanced learning programs. What about teachers' ability to differentiate instruction in general education classes to provide more challenge or accelerate. It isn't clear how that is possible within the vertical alignment and the fidelity of implementation mandates. Even if the District staff claim it is possible, the message coming to teachers seems to be "Don't do it."
How about providing interventions to close the academic achievement gap? I'm not seeing them. Instead of providing interventions to the students who need help, I'm seeing the District send coaches to work with the teachers. Is there anyone who is seeing something else? What supports has the Superintendent introduced for students working below grade level? Where the superintendent's plans are more developed, in math and at the high schools, I see a refusal to provide any classes simpler than algebra. Are you seeing something else? Honestly, I just not seeing the interventions that she says she wants to talk about, and I'm really not seeing them K-8.