The Board is having a work session this afternoon from 4:30-6:30 pm. It's an annual topic - results of the District Scorecard/Operations Data Dashboard - and the Board needs it to assess whether the Superintendent deserves a raise (still a no from me) but the timing.
I see more and more work sessions on Fridays. This is NOT a going thing and never has been. But it makes me wonder if there is a rush to get a lot done and/or there's just more work.
I, for one, am not trekking down to the JSCEE on a Friday afternoon in rush hour traffic. I do wish the work sessions were taped for later viewing.
Here's the presentation and it's a whopper at about 80 pages. Absolute credit to staff who created this huge document. It must have been a lot of time and effort.
I slogged thru but did I truly read it? No.
One issue is that it is very "in the weeds" and I suspect that will be an issue for the Board. I'm not even sure what some of it means. One example is slide 6 which I think I understand but I'm not sure.
Another issue is that they may get thru every slide in two hours but discussion? I don't think so.
20140-2015 District Scorecard
Slide 12 - looks like SPS is down by 6% for 10th graders passing state exams for graduation but up by 2% for those graduating in 4 years or less.
Slide 14 - College and Career Readiness - "still not on track to meet 2017-2018 targets
Commitment to Equity Highlights
Slide 17 - I would need this sentence - in specific the reference to Asian-American students - explained to me.
White and Asian-American students historically have had greater access to the opportunities and
supports that lead to college, career and life success.
First, there are different Asian groups - Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Indonesian, etc. - so putting them all in one category seems a bit unfair.
But more to the point, what are the "opportunities and supports" that Asian-Americans have that other minority groups don't? Truly because I think that while Native Americans and African-Americans have the worst amounts of racism directed at them, I also think that Asians get racist attitudes directed at them as well.
I may be missing something - and let me know if I am - but the only real "support" I can think of is that many Asian cultures value education for their children above everything else. (Not saying this is good or bad, but that's their culture. Also not saying other cultures don't value education; just perhaps not as highly as Asians.)
Does that one thing count as "more opportunities and supports?" I think the only other thing I can think of Asian-Americans have - in some areas of the country - the highest high school graduation rate and 50% of Asians have a bachelor's degree or higher. (The White House has very good stats broken out by country of origin.) Again, valuing education.
Effective Teachers & Leaders
Measures cannot be reliably reported for these measures
•Data quality issues and business definitions require further resolution
•Exploratory data is provided for each measure in the next slides
Stakeholder Engagement & Satisfaction
Slide 28 - not good. Parents are registering a downward trend in almost every area.
Note: past Slide 32, the slides aren't numbered and get much more detailed.
Page 38 (by Powerpoint number at top, not slide) - 2014-2015 District Scorecard Data Appendix
Page 64 (by Powerpoint number at top, not slide) - 2014-2015 District Annual Operations Data Dashboard
Slide 2 is very interesting - Why are we here?
Slide 6 - Percentage of teachers' evaluations completed on time (Michael Tolley and Brent Jones)
2014-2015 - 97.1% (So I guess QAE's David Elliott was an outlier on this one but not the only one.)
Slide 7 - percent of lost instructional days due to teacher absence went from 7.0% in '13-14 to 3.4% in '14-15/
Also retention rate for central office staff went from 88% in '13-14 to 76% in '14-15
Slide 8/9 on Goal 2 Community Support is interesting reading.
Slide 10/11 on Fiscal Integrity bears looking at. Could someone tell me what this sentence means?
Strategic sourcing as a percent of total spend.
That on-time and on-budget talk? Slide 12 - '12-13 - 88.2%, '14-15 81% (with target of 95%)
Slide 14 - Kellie (or someone) - what does this mean?
Percent of schools within Space Utilization tolerance levels -includes the use of portables