- under Equity and the Achievement Gap.
While graduation rates continue to improve across the district, achievement gaps persist for many students; particularly African American males and other students of color. Discipline rates for students of color continue to be disproportionate. The contract negotiation with the SEA provides an opportunity to address some of the areas which pose challenges for our students. We know SEA shares our commitment in this important work.Is equity a challenge for students or the district? It's a challenge for students if the district does not operate in an equitable fashion but it certainly is not the students fault nor under parents' control.
- He talks about the issue of the 24-credit graduation requirement.
This affects student learning time, professional development time for teachers and time for lunch and recess.Is this an early warning shot for parents who are concerned over lunch/recess times? Maybe we need a longer school day to work all this in because having more than 15 minutes for lunch and recess isn't really a negotiable fact for parents. It may be for the union and the district but I don't think it is for parents and students.
- Under Sped, they don't mention that they are trying to take out Sped IAs from the SEA contract. That seems odd.
- On test scores
Teachers are not evaluated on student test scores.No, test scores are not the major data point in teacher evaluation. But, yes, they are part of the evaluation. That was touted by SPS and SEA as an important agreed-to issue in the last contract negotiation and used by the district as an argument for why SPS, alone in Washington State, should get a NCLB waiver.
I note there is no mention of discussion of bell times. I would think if the district were even contemplating changing bell times, they might have said something here given that it would impact teachers.