Rate the Progress of the School System in Reaching Its Stated Goals
As we head into the last week of school, I thought it would be a productive exercise to discuss how things went. You know, let's debrief and pass along "best practices" as well as things we might want to suggest dropping.
These are the four stated goals for the nearly 100,000 students served by DeKalb County School System:
1.To narrow the achievement gap and improve the graduation rate by creating a high performance learning culture in all schools and sites.
2.To increase rigor and academic achievement in Reading/Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies in pre-kindergarten-12.
3.To ensure quality personnel in all positions.
4.To ensure fiscal responsibility in order to maintain safe and healthy learning environments that support academic programs, resources and services.
As you can tell from the heading for the goals - these goals are for 2007-2010. Now, I ask you, faithful bloggers, has DeKalb reached any of these goals? If so, which ones? If not, why not? Which goals do you think are most important? Are these goals impacting your childrens' schools in a measurable way? Which initiatives toward the goals seemed to work - and which ones didn't?
Can you define these terms?
A high performance learning culture.
The achievement gap.