Presentation on theme: "B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS November 16, 2010 Expanding Great Options Year 3 Recommendations November 16, 2010 1."— Presentation transcript:
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS November 16, 2010 Expanding Great Options Year 3 Recommendations November 16,
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Expanding Great Options Guiding Principles We are working to create a system of great schools. We are transforming or closing schools that dont work for our kids. We are creating new options that have strong chances of success, and expanding some programs that are already proving effective. We are reviewing our portfolio of buildings to maximize our ability to provide great school options in all areas of the city. 2
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Expanding Great Options Progress Year 1 SY08-09 Opened 8 new schools with strong chances of success. Expanded 1 successful high school to include middle grades. Closed 7 failing schools (over two years), merging 2 with expanding, successful schools. Relocated 5 schools to better utilize facilities and allow for school expansion. Reorganized citywide special education programs, placing classes at 17 additional schools. Expanded pre-kindergarten citywide with approximately 800 new seats. Year 2 SY09-10 Open 5 new schools with strong chances of success. Expand 2 successful elementary schools and 1 successful high school to include middle grades. Transform 7 failing schools, pairing 5 with partner organizations. Close 5 failing schools, replacing 2 with new schools and merging 1 with an expanding, successful school. Relocate 4 schools to better utilize facilities and allow for school expansion. Expand citywide choice in middle grades by eliminating attendance boundaries for stand-alone middle schools. Continue the work until all students in City Schools have the great school options they deserve. 3
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Lessons Learned Overview Improvements for Expanding Great Options Year 3: Earlier timeline for announcing recommendations and Board decisions to better prepare schools and students for transitions Better communication with families and school communities and more opportunities for feedback throughout the process, including pilot partnership with external facilitator at one school Better alignment with school creation and operator recruitment timelines, along with timeline to communicate school options and school choice processes 4
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Expanding Great Options - Year 3 Summary Recommend investing to turn around two PK-8 schools and two high schools Recommend closure of one high school Continue turn around work in 8 schools, including Frederick Douglass High School Interventions at Low-performing Schools Recommend approval of two additional Turnaround Operators Increase Turnaround Operator Pool Previously approved addition of middle grades at Mount Washington Elementary Expansion of High-performing School Previously approved opening two new Transformation Schools – Baltimore Design School & Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys Previously approved opening two new elementary charter schools – Monarch Academy & Roots and Branches Previously approved conversion of one elementary school to charter – Furman L. Templeton Expansion of School Options 5
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Identifying the Lowest Performing Schools A cross-functional work group considered a wide variety of data to determine which schools were in most need of an intervention: Student achievement trends Student enrollment trends School Climate Survey results from students, staff, and parents Previous intervention strategies, such as changes in leadership or prior EGO plans Fiscal sustainability Building utilization rate & condition Geographic location & area options School Improvement status 6
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS EGO 3 – Focus Schools Cherry Hill Elementary/Middle Primary RationaleRecommendations Insufficient growth in students scoring proficient or advanced on MSA (44.7% pass rate in reading, 47.5% pass rate in math); SY2010 climate survey results below district average (-10.9 percentage points) 12 years in school improvement Pairing with external Turnaround operator* Implement STEM programming School community open to: additional learning time either through extended day or extended year additional job-embedded professional development, possibly scheduling biweekly early release days for students. 7 * This recommendation may result in a change to the schools Alternative Governance model.
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS EGO 3 – Focus Schools Benjamin Franklin High School at Masonville Cove Primary RationaleRecommendations Initial algebra HSA pass rate (as calculated by students highest score) was 42.9% in SY09 and declined to 26.3% in SY10. Enrollment decline (-56 students in 2 years) & underutilized building (~49% utilization rate); Only 61 eighth grade students ranked Masonville Cove as their 1 st or 2 nd choice, not enough to fill their 9 th grade SY2010 climate survey results below district average (-18.0 percentage points) School faces unique challenges in transition to high school Internal turnaround with possible new partnerships to expand school- based capacity Implementation of career-prep model, including 4 extended instructional days and 1 day for career-prep experiences, such as job shadowing or internships, or for credit recovery, post-secondary course enrollment, community service, or other individualized opportunities Strengthening and expanding the current community school services through UMD School of Social Work partnership 8 * This recommendation may result in a change to the schools Alternative Governance model.
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS EGO 3 – Focus Schools Moravia Park Elementary/Middle Primary RationaleRecommendation Insufficient growth in students scoring proficient or advanced on MSA (60.0% in reading, 49.3% in math); SY2010 climate survey results below district average (-3.3 percentage points); School faces unique challenges with influx of international students with limited formal schooling Internal turnaround to explore international school models Support incoming international student population across the community by: Establishing a newcomer center for incoming students grades 5-8 with limited formal schooling in the area Providing ESOL training and support to surrounding schools to ensure successful assignment of incoming international students PK-4 to their zone schools Consider adjustments to facility use and grade configuration to minimize challenge of two separate buildings and open space in one building 9
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS EGO 3 – Focus Schools Patterson High School Primary RationaleRecommendation Growing English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) student population* The number of graduating 12 th graders who passed the algebra and English HSA exams in SY10 increased slightly from two years ago, but over the same time period the number of first-time test-takers who pass has declined from 129 to 40 in algebra and 111 to 86 in English. SY2010 climate survey results below district average (-8.5 percentage points) 16 years in school improvement Opportunity to strengthen school partnerships and tradition Internal turnaround with possible new partnerships to expand school-based capacity to accelerate student achievement** Work to strengthen academy model to improve school climate and student engagement Establish specialized programming for incoming ESOL students grades 9-12, which extends supports for this student population through high school 10 * Discussion of international students at Moravia Park highlighted the importance of reviewing programming for ESOL/international students across all grade levels. ** This recommendation may result in a change to the schools Alternative Governance model.
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS EGO 3 – Focus Schools Institute for Business & Entrepreneurship High Primary RationaleRecommendation Graduation rate decline (-30.2 percentage points in 2 years) The number of graduating 12 th graders who have passed the algebra and English HSA exams has increased in recent years, but remains low with only 59 English passers and 76 algebra passers in SY10. Enrollment decline (-47 students in 2 years) Only 57 eighth grade students ranked IBE as their 1 st or 2 nd choice, not enough to fill their 9 th grade SY2010 climate survey results below district average (-7.3 percentage points) Closure at the end of SY12 - transferring current 9 th and 10 th graders after SY11 and allowing current 11 th graders and PAL students the option to stay through SY12 and graduate from IBE (current 11 th graders are the last cohort that was moved from Walbrook and a second transfer for their senior year would be another disruption) 11
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Frederick Douglass Transition Year Status Update Frederick Douglass High School (FDHS) is continuing as an internal turnaround school, currently partnered with EdWorks to increase the school-based capacity, improve instructional quality and school climate, and develop a set of comprehensive school turnaround strategies. During the school year, EdWorks will guide a school community process to develop identities for separate academies that will be part of a single high school. FDHS leadership and EdWorks will also work on formalizing a partnership with Coppin State University. EdWorks will make recommendations to district leadership for successful implementation of the academy model and accelerated improvement of student achievement, including division of students, staff, and physical space. 12
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Next Steps for EGO 3 Focus Schools 11/16: Public presentation of EGO recommendations11/17 – 11/22: Staff meeting at each school11/17 – 11/22: School Family Council and parent group meeting at IBE11/29 – 12/6: School-based parent & community meeting at each school11/17 – 12/17: School-based Steering Committee meetings at IBE12/8 & 12/11: Board Public Hearings1/11: Board vote 13
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Board Public Hearings 14 Wednesday, December 8 th 6:00 – 8:00 pm Baltimore City Public Schools central office 200 E. North Ave, First floor board room Saturday, December 11 th 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Baltimore Polytechnic Institute 1400 W. Cold Spring Lane, Auditorium Note: In the event that either Public Hearing date needs to be cancelled for inclement weather, the make-up date is Saturday, December 18 th, 10:00 am at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute.
B ALTIMORE C ITY P UBLIC S CHOOLS Please send feedback and questions to: by December 31 st 15