Wednesday, September 18, 2013

News on our first two Level 4 schools

Good news! I have just received the following from Dr. Rodrigues:

Superintendent Melinda J. Boone proudly announces the accomplishments of two Level 4 schools in the district.  Today, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released the new accountability determination for the 34 schools designated as Level 4 schools in 2010. Selected schools exited the Level 4 status to Level 3, 2 or 1, some remained on Level 4, and others became under consideration for Level 5 status.    Through a three-prong exit determination process, Commissioner Chester determined that Union Hill Elementary School has exited the Level 4 status to a Level 3 status. The dedicated and consistent efforts of Principal Marie Morse and her staff, parents and community partners have created conditions for student engagement and academic growth at Union Hill. The school’s focused Turnaround Plan produced significant gains in student performance over a three year period, earning them a new Level 3 status. Chandler Elementary School’s Turnaround Plan also produced notable gains in student performance but the school will remain on Level 4 status a little longer.According to DESE, 3 types of schools remain on level 4 status:1. Schools that have come close to their performance targets but need a little more time;2. Schools that are further from their targets and more dramatic improvement is needed;3. Schools that have struggled, but are now partnering with a turnaround operator.Chandler Elementary was identified as type 1, meaning that they have created strong structures to support student achievement but need a little more time to meet their turnaround goals. The DESE will continue to monitor the progress at Union Hill Elementary School and Chandler Elementary School. For Union Hill Elementary School, the district must submit an “Exit Assurance Application” providing assurances that the school and district will continue to strengthen the Conditions for School Effectiveness and District Systems of Support.Chandler Elementary School will revise its Turnaround Plan to reflect the actions that will accelerate student growth during 2013-2014 school year. According to the DESE, the school’s current level of performance indicates readiness for an expedited process to meet turnaround targets.  

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