The annual District Scorecard is due soon. It should come out in November. Here is last year's. We should look for some corrections to a few of the statistics. The one for "Graduates prepared for a 4-year college" should be squeaky clean.
The annual School Reports are supposed to be released in November. When they are produced we should give a couple of points a good, sharp look. The District promised the prompt correction of some the data, but they never did correct it. It should be corrected on this year's reports. We should also see more of the student, family, and staff survey data complete on them this year.
Continuous School Improvement Plans (CSIPs)
Each year the Board must pass a motion called the Annual Approval of Schools. They have to do it within 90 days of the release of the AYP data. In this motion the Board says that they believe the Chief Academic Officer when she tells them that she has - really, honestly - made sure that every school has a CSIP that meets the requirements set by state law. There was some trouble over this last year - the CSIPs weren't on the web where the staff claimed they were - and the Board directed the staff to bring the motion earlier this year so there will be time for corrections ahead of the deadline. It's already too late for that if it's going to go to the C & I Committee first. This year you'll notice that there is no CSIP for Rainier View or Viewlands on the district web page.
There are a number of things that are supposed to be in the CSIP but are not. The Board never asks about them. I doubt they will ask about them this year. For example, almost none of the schools with advanced learning programs mention them in the CSIP.
Program Placement Proposals
Each year the District invites members of the public to submit proposals for program placements. For the past three years the District staff have taken all of the ideas submitted by the public and put them directly into the recycling bin without giving them any consideration at all. While this invitation has been a sham from the time it started three years ago, the superintendent actually acknowledged it to have been a sham last year. Last year, she reports, no program placement process was followed at all. The deadline for these proposals has been around Halloween in previous years. Nothing yet from the District.
Annual Capacity Management Report
This report is due in November, according to this document from April 5. The report, as you can see, is supposed to include, among other things
recommended solutions for following school year (2012-13) such as:I'm not sure how they are going to announce program placement changes for 2012-2013 before they solicit ideas for program placement changes for 2012-2013, but I'm sure that Dr. Enfield know just how to do it. They will probably do it the same way they have always done it - by ignoring the proposals. You'll also note that the community engagement comes after the plan, not before it. The community can only remark on the solution, not participate in developing the solution.
- Repurpose building(s)
- Boundary adjustments and/or program placement changes to align with repurposing buildings
- Program placement changes
- Changes to GeoZones
The same document referenced above also says that we should see the Transition Plan and Board Action before the spring. Again, you'll note that the community engagement comes after the plan, not before it. The community can only remark on the solution, not participate in developing the solution.