Looking at the presentation, it has the district-wide SBAC results on page 4.
Good news - SPS did better than the state-wide results - across both ELA and Math - in every grade level, many times with a 10-point gap. For 7th grade math, the gap was 12.4%. Most of the scores were in the high 50s to low 60s.
This is quite a difference with the MTSS scores from previous years. Staff says it's because of "leadership," "teaming and collaboration," and "data/analytics." They don't explain if this is at the district level or school level.
But to the subgroups, there a slide...but no data. Then, the presentation goes from a single slide on the results to a bizarrely long PowerPoint of the methodology for "Action Plan Work."
I had initially thought, "Gee, I better go down and hear this" but I'm not so interested in what looks like a very long lecture on how the district plans to have better academic outcomes. Boy, that one slide feels like a tease.
I also note that the agenda for the Executive Committee meeting, tomorrow, Thursday, October 1st, from 4:30-6:30 pm is now available.
The minutes from the last meeting include lengthy discussions about the City Pre-K program as well as the Seattle Teacher Residency program (which sounds like there are real financial issues).
Nyland spoke about what the District can contribute for this upcoming school year and having clearer expectations in the future around this partnership. Supt. Nyland spoke about how SEA is looking at other outside sources for funding that could help expand the Seattle Teacher Residency Program (STR). Directors commented on the need to have this program funded through other sources instead of the School District. Mr. Wright commented on the cost of recruitment and suggested the need to reevaluate the current model.
Highlights for meeting:
- Resolution from Network for Excellence in Washington Schools - probably about McCleary
- Legislative agenda - I would think that McCleary would be almost the only thing on it.
- State of the District - that will be interesting to hear what the Superintendent intends to say
- follow-up from Board retreat on....Communications protocol. Someone is certainly try to nail something down - written in blood you'd think - on this issue. I was told that at the Board retreat that there was discussion of limiting Board members comments, during their own Comment section at their own Board meetings - to between 2-4 minutes. This is all very strange and again, I look forward to a Board who is less interested in silencing members and more interested in oversight.
- Alliance for Education - hmmm
- Under "Routine Items" - City Pre-K. I'm not sure how "routine" this is given it's the first year of these classrooms (and I'm told at least one has been pulled back by the district due to space issues.)
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