Folks, it would appear that either Director Chandra Hampson either learned nothing about being humble from the Scarlett/Al-ansi episode OR she is doubling down before her being president of the Board ends in December. (And if that doesn't happen via a 6-0 vote, then they are ALL insane.)
First, just to note, tomorrow night will be the first in-person Board meeting in a long, long time. I'm glad to see it as I think the Board should have to look the public in the eye. I'm hoping that we do not see an influx of board meeting instigators such as we have seen around the country, yelling about masking and CRT. (To note, there is no actual announcement of this at the website; I just saw different wording on the agenda and asked.)
BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU TO DO IS WRITE OR CALL THE BOARD AND TELL THEM, "NO!" to the following agenda item.
It's - firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-252-0040 for the Board office.
But the most important issue is this intro item on the agenda, coming solely from Hampson.
(bold theirs) The Board is now refocusing its oversight and progress monitoring to gauge progress toward these goals and adherence to the guardrails. The Board’s existing reporting mandates, spread throughout dozens of distinct policies, provide few measures aligned with this strategic focus.
This BAR will rename Policy 1010 - Board Oversight of Management and Progress Monitoring to Oversight Progress Monitoring. Note that deletion of the the word "management?"
Here's part of what will go away from Board policies but I urge you to go to page 74 of the BAR and see the slash-and-burn for yourself:
Oversight Roles and Responsibilities and progress monitoring of
The School Board is responsible for governance and oversight of all departments and major program areas of the district, both academic and operational (referred to below collectively as “Oversight Areas”). The School Board’s role in the oversight of management is to review and evaluate the performance of all Oversight Areas, at least annually, through formal reports, audits and any other reporting method deemed appropriate by the School Board through the Superintendent. to evaluate alignment with the community’s vision and progress towards adopted goals.
The School Board and the Superintendent understand that district oversight of management is the responsibility of the Board as a whole, not of individual Board members. The Board shall hold the Superintendent accountable (in part through periodic evaluation) for the performance of these systems. In addition to the oversight of management responsibility, the Board also has oversight responsibility for academic performance.
Progress Monitoring is replaced with an Outcomes Focused Governance model:
The Board shall establish and maintain Student Outcomes Focused Governance Goals and Guardrails. These Goals and Guardrails shall be aligned with the district’s strategic plan and based on the community’s vision and values for Seattle Public Schools’ students and district strategies to improve student outcomes.
What is Student Outcomes Focused Governance? I'll have more on this later in the post but this is the major reason why this BAR exists.
Also gone is the District Annual Operations Data Dashboard which, if nothing else, was a chart where you could see the progress (or lack thereof) of different SPS departments.
The fiscal impact of this action is indeterminate. It is anticipated that discontinuing some reporting requirements may reduce staff time spent presenting information to the Board. However, the district will continue to conduct analysis for the purpose of evaluating and improving district operations, and the discontinuing of Board-mandated annual reports will not eliminate the costs of all associated analysis nor the need to make such information publicly available, which is recommended. Rather, this is the elimination of such reporting to the Board in an annual capacity outside of that which would be presented to the Board during its regular meetings are part of interim and annual goals and guardrails.
The reduction in reporting will allow the Board to focus work and decision making on students of color furthest from education justice, particularly Black boys and teens, in alignment with Seattle Excellence. This shift will also free up staff time to focus on work that does directly impact and benefit students furthest from educational justice.
Student Outcomes Focused Governance
Student Outcomes Focused Governance (SOFG) is a framework developed by the Council of Great City Schools for increasing goal alignment between the Board, central office, and school buildings; providing foci and delineation for Board and staff work; increasing the effectiveness of the Board’s use of time; and, ultimately, and foremost, improving outcomes for students. The Seattle School Board moved toward this governance model with the August 25, 2021 approval of three goals and five guardrails aligned with the district’s Strategic Plan, Seattle Excellence, and the SOFG framework.
And here are those goals:
The percentage of Black boys who achieve English Language Arts proficiency or higher on the 3rd grade Smarter Balanced Assessment will increase from 28% in June 2019, to 70% in June 2024.
The percentage of Black boys and teens in 7th grade who achieve proficiency or higher on the 7th grade Smarter Balanced Assessment in math will increase from 23% in June 2019, to 45% in June 2024 and to 70% in June 2026 – essentially doubling over 3 years and reaching the targeted 70% in 5 years.
The percentage of Black boys and teens in each cohort/class who graduate and also successfully completed at least one advanced course will increase from 52% in June 2019, to 62% in June 2024.
The superintendent will not allow school and district initiatives to go forth without engaging students of color furthest from educational justice and their families, following stakeholder engagement principles that are utilizing current adopted best practices.
The Superintendent will not allow implementation or adoption of any programming that does not prioritize educational and racial equity.
The superintendent will not allow adult behaviors in central office, school buildings, or classrooms that are misaligned with district-wide vision, values, and anti-racism initiatives.
The superintendent will not allow the use of disciplinary actions as a substitute for culturally responsive behavioral and social emotional supports for students, with and without disabilities.
Where to start?
- How will this be enforced?
- How is this reported at any given school? Who decides it goes forward at any given school, the principal?
- Under number 2, is that EXISTING programming or NEW programming or both?
- Number 3 is just laughable given the entire behavior of senior leadership at JSCEE and the Hampson/DeWolf vs Scarlett/Al-ansi debacle.
- Number 4 - a big word salad that needs to be rewritten. I understand the premise but who decides if a principal used a "culturally responsive behavioral and SEL for students"?