Across the Street column: Time for schools to consider accountability and performance
The State Board of Education meets monthly in Denver, and our October meeting will be held this week. One of the agenda items is Accountability and Performance. The 2016, Preliminary, Draft Performance Framework ratings were sent to all superintendents last week.
The ratings are based on the following:
2016 Colorado Measurement of Academic Success (CMAS) – science achievement results
2016 CMAS – PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for Career and College) English language arts and math, achievement and growth.
2015 English language proficiency growth results
2015 graduation rates
2015 dropout rates
2015 matriculation rates
2016 ACT composite scores
2016 participation rates, with and without parent excuses
(Some of the information included in the report has been compiled from the beginning of the accountability clock in 2009.)
The results are not final dependent upon a request to reconsider. This would allow a district/school to submit additional information that may influence their final rating.
Based on this information schools have been categorized into plan types with associated color coding. They include performance plan (green), improvement plan (yellow), priority improvement plan (orange) and turnaround plan (red).
These ratings, in their final form, will be used in the review process for the five-year accountability clock in 2017. Focus will be put on new programs to move schools and districts out of the orange and red areas of the framework ratings. Last month the board attended a study session to review the process.
Does this seem a little complicated? There are so many things to consider when evaluating students. The spreadsheet we received seems to have everything on it, you just have to sort through a lot of information to find what you’re looking for. It gets more difficult for the 3rd Congressional District because of the number of schools and districts in this large geographical area. There 364 schools in the district. The color coding, however, provides a great visual for how the schools are progressing. The first thing I noticed was the large amount of schools in the “green” area. The individual student achievements are combined for the school score. Although green, or performance plan, is the goal, we can always find room for improvement.
I’m sure principals and superintendents are having similar discussions.
It is an honor to serve the 3rd Congressional District on the State Board of Education.
Joyce Rankin is a member of the State Board of Education. “Across the Street” will appear monthly.