align and provide high quality instruction
- ELL achievement
- Special education achievement and graduation rates
- grade 3 reading
- college and career readiness
in four years, 73% of students will graduate from high school
may have heard of so-called dropout factories around the country but "that's not our story in Worcester at all"
"but that's not good enough, because there are still a quarter of our students not graduating on time"
77% of our students will graduate in four to five years
Dropout rate is 3.1%
125 fewer kids dropped out last school year
Target for 2013: 78% for 4 year
81% for five year cohort
"on the right pathway and getting closer to those goals"
"meeting that expectation"
what's being done?
- New graduation requirements: this year's ninth graders
- "not just enough to change those graduation requirements"
- professional development for grades 9 & 10 teachers
- graduation specialist at North High: 86 students "were close enough"; 75 of those 86 students graduated by June or through the summer
- $435,000 in competitive grants since January 2014
Rodrigues on Grants:
MassGrad "promising practices" $75,000
- middle school transition teams: 8th to 9th grade teachers working on hand off of students, particularly for students most at risk of dropping out
- transition academy for grade 8 students: 8th graders spending a day at high school to ease adjustment
- high school transition teams
- high school graduation teams: replicating efforts of North High graduation specialist; look at those most at risk and figure out a plan; scaling up at all comprehensive high schools
- competency-based education in alternative settings: Boston Day and Evening Academy for training
Career Academy Grant $45,000 (through Gateway Cities)
- school of technology and business at North High (CTE Pathway) : Microsoft Office and medical billing
- advisory council computer and business industries, WPS staff, community members
- Last year was planning, this year is implementation: 200+ students in grade 9
- hope to become ch. 74 program at North
- PD for teachers also included
Alternative Education: most at risk for not graduating $10,000
this is the one we approved last week
- evaluate alternative programs
- look at strength and weaknesses
- use of existing resources
- look at increasing capacity
English Language Learners Academy (through Gateway Cities) $185,000
- Summer Enrichment Academy: intermediate ELL (EPL 3)
- LOTS of partners: Worcester State, LEI, ACE, Worcester Refugee, Quinsig, Esperanza y Su Exito TV show
- six weeks of programs, five days a week, 9-3
- academic, field trips, family and community engagement
- will be on Worcester State campus
Innovation Schools enhancement and sustainability
we approved this one last week, too: $30,000 each
- Chandler Magnet
- Goddard Scholars
- Lincoln Street
- Worcester Tech
"a great amount of money"
quality of writing and focus "what would be the best leverage to focus on student achievement"
Boone: advance that agenda for the Worcester community (regarding Gateway Cities)
students will definitely benefit for what happens with these