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2 Where Do We Stand Today ? By all measures, Forsyth County Schools are excellent... among the best. The challenge of Forsyth County Schools is to move from being among the best to being THE BEST.

3 Where Do We Stand Today ? Georgia SAT Total System (# tested) Trion City (23) FULTON (3973) CHEROKEE (1196) OCONEE (363) Rome City (133) Decatur City (146) FAYETTE (1394) FORSYTH (1104)

4 Where Do We Stand Today ? Metro SAT Total System (# tested) FULTON (3973) CHEROKEE (1196) Decatur City (146) FAYETTE (1394) FORSYTH (1104) COBB (5433) GWINNETT (6254)

5 Where Do We Want to Be ? All students will be prepared fully for success after high school. All college-bound students will be prepared fully for superior performance on the SAT / ACT and for the opportunity to attend the college university of first choice. All college-bound students will be prepared fully for success in college.

6 Where Do We Want to Be ? System (# tested) Trion City (23) FULTON (3973) CHEROKEE (1196) OCONEE (363) Rome City (133) Decatur City (146) FAYETTE (1394) FORSYTH (1104) 1550 If FCS students gained… 1% 16 points = % 31 points = % 47 points = % 62 points = % 78 points = 1628

7 How Will We Get There ? Implement SAT 2400 recommendations in five key areas: Academic Rigor in Curriculum & Instruction SAT / ACT Test Preparation Opportunities Advisement & Guidance Programs School & Student Incentives Stakeholder Communication

8 CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Increase the level of academic rigor in every K-12 classroom in Forsyth County Schools through focused professional learning and collaboration. Define academic rigor K-12 for all classrooms & content areas. Increase academic rigor by increasing the quantity & quality of AP/IB and advanced content course offerings across FCS Provide 6-12 professional learning for teachers in areas of vertical teaming and teaching critical thinking / problem solving strategies. Develop process / plan for incorporating critical thinking / problem solving, academic vocabulary & reading comprehension, and student application of knowledge into all K-12 classrooms.

9 CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Increase the level of academic rigor in every K-12 classroom in Forsyth County Schools through focused professional learning and professional collaboration. Provide 6-12 professional learning for teachers to improve use of national (PSAT, PLAN, etc.), state & district standardized assessment data to inform classroom instruction. Implement 6-12 vertical teams (ex. Math) to increase academic rigor by embedding “college readiness standards” into FCS curriculum along with the GPS & QCC. Develop process / plan for incorporating critical thinking / problem solving, academic vocabulary, reading comprehension, and student application of knowledge into all K-12 classrooms.

10 SAT / ACT PREP Offer comprehensive, district-wide SAT / ACT Prep opportunities to Forsyth County students. Provide all Forsyth County students access to SAT / ACT Prep opportunities outside of the school day (College Board SAT Prep Course). Offer SAT/ACT Prep in the standard high school curriculum district-wide.

11 ADVISEMENT & GUIDANCE Improve the quantity, quality & timing of information provided to students and parents related to post- secondary options through guidance counseling and academic advisement programs. Implement a revised 6-12 assessment plan (incorporating PLAN, PSAT in grades 9-12). Provide 6-12 professional learning for teachers to use & explain testing data to students & parents. (Georgia DOE PSAT Workshop). Develop an improved 6-12 counseling plan for improved post-secondary planning by students & families (Georgia 411). Include post-secondary planning as part of 6-12 academic advisement program (Teachers As Advisors).

12 STUDENT & SCHOOL INCENTIVES Develop programs that will provide incentives & recognition to students and schools for high achievement and improvement. Develop district-wide scholarship & recognition program for students showing greatest improvement in SAT. Develop programs where successful high schools students mentor & advise 6-8 students to prepare them for high school success and post-secondary planning. Develop a classroom program rewarding students for participation in SAT Question of the Day in every core high school classroom (ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies). Design on-going recognition programs at all high schools for students (pep rallies, T shirts, etc.) Design FCS “Academic Trophy” process to reward schools for achievement & improvement in SAT / ACT scores.

13 COMMUNICATIONS Develop a district-wide communication plan that effectively targets our stakeholder audiences: Students Parents School System Staff Community And uses varied resources (print, electronic, mail, DVD) to reach all school system stakeholders with accurate, timely, and relevant post-secondary planning information on an ongoing basis.

14 How Will We Measure Progress? “It’s more than just SAT scores…” Using data collection & analysis tools including performance data stored in Infinite Campus, the R4 Digital Dashboard, and Class Profiles to track FCS progress through -- standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, PSAT, PLAN, etc.) -- student course & program enrollment data -- student classroom performance -- student attendance & extra-curricular involvement -- student HS grad rate, college admissions & scholarship awards data -- stakeholder perception data (ex-survey)

15 What Do We Do Next ? Engage district, school, community & business leadership in implementing all recommendations. Coordinate SAT 2400 recommendations with other improvement & planning efforts (ex— FCS Strategic Planning, HS Improvement, MS Improvement, Teachers As Advisors Program & Guidance, R4 Digital Dashboard Implementation, ANGEL Learning & Technology initiatives). For areas requiring expenditure of funds (ex-SAT Prep, Professional Learning) continue exploring service providers, vendors & plan for funding.

16 Where Can I Go To Learn More? SAT 2400 Challenge Webpage

17 Where Do We Stand Today ? Metro SAT Reading System Decatur City FULTON CHEROKEE FORSYTH FAYETTE COWETA COBB GWINNETT

18 Where Do We Stand Today ? Metro SAT Math System FULTON CHEROKEE FAYETTE FORSYTH GWINNETT COBB Decatur City

19 Where Do We Stand Today ? Metro SAT Writing System FULTON CHEROKEE Decatur City FORSYTH FAYETTE COBB GWINNETT

20 Where Do We Stand Today ? Metro SAT # Tested System GWINNETT COBB FULTON FAYETTE CHEROKEE FORSYTH Decatur City

21 What Have Other Systems Done ? Fairfax County, VA Academic Rigor K-12 (critical reading & higher order thinking) Fulton County, GA Academic Rigor K-12 (enriched instruction for gifted students in advanced content courses 6-12, focus on comprehensive quality AP/IB course offerings 9-12) Rigorous district-wide assessment program & guidelines Comprehensive guidance support for students & parents Emphasis on non-fiction reading & writing (instruction & assessment) Focused SAT Prep (partnership with Kaplan) Cherokee County, GA Focused SAT Prep in Math (Algebra & Geometry)


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