Developing a more effective plan for student success is the main focus of Tuesday’s Charlotte-Mecklenburg agenda of the school board.
Superintendent Earnest Winston and his staff will report on goals and strategies for reading and language arts, where students have experienced major setbacks during the pandemic. The report attached to the agenda shows that the district is now significantly behind the six-year goals it hoped to achieve in 2024.
The plan was started under the leadership of then-superintendent Clayton Wilcox in 2018. It predicts that 52.5% of all third-year CMS students will have 2021 reading scores that put them on the right track. path for academic and professional success, to reach 80% in three years. In fact, just over 29% of third-graders last year reached this mark.
For black and Hispanic students, the 2021 goals for third-year reading were 40.8% and 38.2%, respectively, with the goal of steadily progressing to over 75% by 2024. Actual college career preparation percentages for these groups were 17.8% and 13.8. %.
Even before the results were released for a year disrupted by the pandemic, CMS came under fire from county commissioners and some community leaders for neglecting black and Hispanic students and the underperforming schools that serve thousands of people. them.
The commissioners failed in their efforts to withhold $ 56 million from the district until CMS leaders produced a better academic plan. But CMS officials said they were already working to improve the six-year strategic plan.
Tuesday night’s discussion is part of the quest to get there – and to improve the school board’s focus on student achievement.
“We can’t afford to wade through at this time,” board chair Elyse Dashew said on Monday. “We can’t afford to be blurry right now.”
Once staff have presented the updated reading results, which is part of the ongoing monitoring process, consultant AJ Crabill of the Council of Grandes Ecoles de la Ville guide the board by asking questions that keep the focus on the results.
Dashew said it’s things like, “What is working and what is not?” If something works, what should we reproduce? If something doesn’t work, what are we going to do about it? What are we going to do differently? How much is it going to cost? “
Dashew says the goal is to update the strategic plan – with adjustments for the pandemic as needed – by December.