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1 State of the District Presentation to Provo City School District Board of Education By Keith C. Rittel, Superintendent 18 November 2014

2 Format of this Presentation Five Board Goals Goal I: Continuous Academic Improvement and Transparency Goal I: Continuous Academic Improvement and Transparency Goal II: Support for Teachers and Teaching Aligned with Research, Best Practices, and Teacher-Identified Needs Goal II: Support for Teachers and Teaching Aligned with Research, Best Practices, and Teacher-Identified Needs Goal III: Improved Certainty and Stability in the Direction of the District Goal III: Improved Certainty and Stability in the Direction of the District Goal IV: Financial Prioritization, Long-Term Planning and Transparency Goal IV: Financial Prioritization, Long-Term Planning and Transparency Goal V: Teamwork, Professional Conduct, and Civility Goal V: Teamwork, Professional Conduct, and Civility --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plus some other relevant information and commentary Plus some other relevant information and commentary

3 Goal I: Continuous Academic Improvement and Transparency Academic Improvement - Accomplishments Improved Graduation Rates Improved Graduation Rates Above state test averages in Elementary, MS, and some HS Above state test averages in Elementary, MS, and some HS ACT scores are gradually improving district-wide ACT scores are gradually improving district-wide Implemented the Provo Way Innovation Learning Initiative Implemented the Provo Way Innovation Learning Initiative District Progress Report is in place and upgraded regularly District Progress Report is in place and upgraded regularly District culture now is that we share our data district-wide District culture now is that we share our data district-wide

4 4 Academic Improvement – Accomplishments School data is placed on school websites, shared in board presentations School data is placed on school websites, shared in board presentations School Improvement Plans are now in place throughout the district School Improvement Plans are now in place throughout the district “Good to Great” activities have occurred at each school “Good to Great” activities have occurred at each school DIBELs improvements district-wide DIBELs improvements district-wide Yearly increases in concurrent enrollments and college credit earned Yearly increases in concurrent enrollments and college credit earned Goal I: Continuous Academic Improvement and Transparency, cont’d.

5 Goal I: Continuous Academic Improvement and Transparency, cont’d. Academics/Transparency – More Work Ahead Need to openly confront disparities in student sub-groups Need to openly confront disparities in student sub-groups Explaining differences between current and past state assessments Explaining differences between current and past state assessments Continue to target graduation rates, drop-out rates, interventions Continue to target graduation rates, drop-out rates, interventions Improving transitions between school levels Improving transitions between school levels Increased emphasis on academic improvements for ALL students Increased emphasis on academic improvements for ALL students Continue the focus on meaningful application of RTI Continue the focus on meaningful application of RTI Targeted work to meet the Utah Core Standards, upon which the new SAGE test is based Targeted work to meet the Utah Core Standards, upon which the new SAGE test is based

6 Goal II: Support for Teachers and Teaching Aligned with Research, Best Practices, and Teacher-Identified Needs Support for Teachers and Teaching - Accomplishments Development of “The Provo Way”, a district-wide plan to support teacher performance improvement on their evaluations: Development of “The Provo Way”, a district-wide plan to support teacher performance improvement on their evaluations: Teacher Resource Guide Teacher Resource Guide Video Series Video Series Grant/Partnership with School Improvement Network Grant/Partnership with School Improvement Network Creation and implementation of Curriculum Committees: Creation and implementation of Curriculum Committees: Mathematics Mathematics Language Arts Language Arts Instructional Strategies Instructional Strategies

7 7 Support for Teachers and Teaching – Accomplishments Focus on applicable, defensible research that impacts student learning: Focus on applicable, defensible research that impacts student learning: Moss and Brookhart Learning Targets Moss and Brookhart Learning Targets John Hattie’s Visible Learning John Hattie’s Visible Learning Utah Educator Effectiveness Utah Educator Effectiveness Goal II: Support for Teachers and Teaching Aligned with Research, Best Practices, and Teacher-Identified Needs, cont’d.

8 Support for Teachers and Teaching - More Work Ahead Continue to Develop and Implement “The Provo Way” Continue to Develop and Implement “The Provo Way” Stay focused on the strategies and activities that show the highest yield Stay focused on the strategies and activities that show the highest yield Need to fully apply the TRG and Video training Need to fully apply the TRG and Video training Develop and use the partnership with School Improvement Network Develop and use the partnership with School Improvement Network Creation of additional Curriculum Committees, when possible: Creation of additional Curriculum Committees, when possible: Science (STEM?) is likely next Science (STEM?) is likely next Others will come on board in future years Others will come on board in future years Find additional ways to involve teachers in helping to set the direction for professional development in the district. Find additional ways to involve teachers in helping to set the direction for professional development in the district.

9 Goal III: Improved Certainty and Stability in the Direction of the District Improved Certainty/Stability – Accomplishments Policy project is continuing – more than 150 policies currently approved Policy project is continuing – more than 150 policies currently approved Direction-Setting as in “The Provo Way” Direction-Setting as in “The Provo Way” District-wide template for school improvement plans District-wide template for school improvement plans Focused Professional Development: minor tweaks, not major shifts Focused Professional Development: minor tweaks, not major shifts Accomplishing our plans and initiatives first, before taking on new tasks Accomplishing our plans and initiatives first, before taking on new tasks Maintaining our focus on the board goals and critical projects Maintaining our focus on the board goals and critical projects Supporting students and teachers is priority 1. (Staying true to the notion of “Is it essential to our mission?”) Supporting students and teachers is priority 1. (Staying true to the notion of “Is it essential to our mission?”) “Good to Great” activity with Principals “Good to Great” activity with Principals Major School Security accomplishments: Cameras, FOBs, etc. Major School Security accomplishments: Cameras, FOBs, etc. Active Shooter and Crisis Management training throughout district Active Shooter and Crisis Management training throughout district

10 Goal III: Improved Certainty and Stability in the Direction of the District Improved Certainty/Stability – More Work Ahead Need to develop a District Improvement Plan: Need to develop a District Improvement Plan: Aligned with Board Goals Aligned with Board Goals Including, where possible, the 20/20 Initiative and Visible Learning Including, where possible, the 20/20 Initiative and Visible Learning Modeling the process we hope principals will use in their schools Modeling the process we hope principals will use in their schools The policy project is continuing: The policy project is continuing: We have nearly 100 policies still to develop (4000 Curriculum, 5000 Personnel, and 7000 Community are the main series) We have nearly 100 policies still to develop (4000 Curriculum, 5000 Personnel, and 7000 Community are the main series) This project will never be over: need to adjust annually to new state laws, etc. This project will never be over: need to adjust annually to new state laws, etc. Operationalizing the concept of “Time is Precious” Operationalizing the concept of “Time is Precious” How do we best safeguard quality instructional time? How do we best safeguard quality instructional time? Holding steady on the completion of initiatives Holding steady on the completion of initiatives

11 Financial Prioritization/Planning- Accomplishments Financial stability/healthy stable fund balances: Unrestricted back to 5% Financial stability/healthy stable fund balances: Unrestricted back to 5% Policy development/revisions: appropriate regulations and practices Policy development/revisions: appropriate regulations and practices Savings are re-allocated toward the three priorities of Compensation, Curriculum, and Technology: Savings are re-allocated toward the three priorities of Compensation, Curriculum, and Technology: 2013-14 Goal of 1% savings at district office was achieved in February 2013 2013-14 Goal of 1% savings at district office was achieved in February 2013 2014 FY Savings were re-distributed: half used for the Provo way initiative/Technology, and half reserved for funding salary increases in FY15 2014 FY Savings were re-distributed: half used for the Provo way initiative/Technology, and half reserved for funding salary increases in FY15 Goal IV: Financial Prioritization, Long-Term Planning and Transparency

12 Financial Prioritization/Planning- Accomplishments Curriculum purchases and replacement cycles Curriculum purchases and replacement cycles Technology purchases and replacement cycles Technology purchases and replacement cycles Budget Advisory Committee is established Budget Advisory Committee is established Ongoing Financial reports and Awards Ongoing Financial reports and Awards District Audit Committee is established District Audit Committee is established Goal IV: Financial Prioritization, Long-Term Planning and Transparency, cont’d.

13 Financial Prioritization/Planning- More Work Ahead Need to build in planned funding: compensation, technology, curriculum Need to build in planned funding: compensation, technology, curriculum Need to find funds to continue and expand the Provo Way Learning Initiative Need to find funds to continue and expand the Provo Way Learning Initiative Need to find funds to continue our technology replacement cycle (planning) Need to find funds to continue our technology replacement cycle (planning) Budget Advisory Committee to re-convene in advance of the 2015-16 budget Budget Advisory Committee to re-convene in advance of the 2015-16 budget Developing the 2015-16 FY budget - state changes and priorities in PCSD, and stability: Developing the 2015-16 FY budget - state changes and priorities in PCSD, and stability: FY14 had an increase in general fund revenues of 6%. Expenditures as a % of revenue decreased 2.4% for FY14 (FY14 expenditures were 98.03% of revenue, FY13 expenditures were 100.7% of revenue) FY14 had an increase in general fund revenues of 6%. Expenditures as a % of revenue decreased 2.4% for FY14 (FY14 expenditures were 98.03% of revenue, FY13 expenditures were 100.7% of revenue)

14 Goal IV: Financial Prioritization, Long-Term Planning and Transparency, cont’d. Financial Prioritization/Planning- More Work Ahead Working to continue excellence as defined by Financial reports and Awards Working to continue excellence as defined by Financial reports and Awards Building and bringing forward real estate issues for board consideration Building and bringing forward real estate issues for board consideration Continued efforts for additional methods of transparency Continued efforts for additional methods of transparency Retaining the priority of the delivery of education to students Retaining the priority of the delivery of education to students

15 Goal V: Teamwork, Professional Conduct, and Civility Teamwork, et. al. - Accomplishments The Bond The Bond Excellent, collaborative relations with employee groups Excellent, collaborative relations with employee groups (So far this school year) a reduction of inappropriate computer/network use (So far this school year) a reduction of inappropriate computer/network use Common acceptance of “Time is Precious” Common acceptance of “Time is Precious” Significant improvements in acceptance of Human Resources work Significant improvements in acceptance of Human Resources work While the Civility policy/procedure is used from time to time, such occasions are rare While the Civility policy/procedure is used from time to time, such occasions are rare Professional norms are in place Professional norms are in place Excellent partnerships with PTA, Foundations, City, US Synthetics, others Excellent partnerships with PTA, Foundations, City, US Synthetics, others

16 Goal V: Teamwork, Professional Conduct, and Civility Teamwork, et al. – More Work Ahead The Bond…now the work begins and we need to meet our promises The Bond…now the work begins and we need to meet our promises HR is involved in working with civility, professionalism, conduct HR is involved in working with civility, professionalism, conduct Need to find the right balance of forgiveness with expectations Need to find the right balance of forgiveness with expectations Continue/expand involvement of others in the district Continue/expand involvement of others in the district Continue/expand: Continue/expand: Customer service Customer service Communication Communication Responsiveness Responsiveness Civility Civility

17 Other Activities/Items Other - Accomplishments Moving ahead with research-driven changes to instructional practice Moving ahead with research-driven changes to instructional practice Making significant changes to technology Making significant changes to technology Working to do a better job of telling our story (STEM, student achievement) Working to do a better job of telling our story (STEM, student achievement) Improving outreach to groups throughout the city Improving outreach to groups throughout the city Improving academic standing at all levels Improving academic standing at all levels Strong Athletic and Activity programs Strong Athletic and Activity programs An emphasis on data-driven decision-making An emphasis on data-driven decision-making A commitment to identifying issues of concern and working to study/resolve them A commitment to identifying issues of concern and working to study/resolve them Completion of ALIO implementation/transition Completion of ALIO implementation/transition

18 Other Activities/Items Other – More Work Ahead Working to finalize Dual Language Immersion program as it moves to the secondary schools Working to finalize Dual Language Immersion program as it moves to the secondary schools Working to refine and adjust Gifted education Working to refine and adjust Gifted education Working with USOE to resolve assorted e-school concerns Working with USOE to resolve assorted e-school concerns Developing a long-term capital projects list for when maintenance $ is made available as new schools are built Developing a long-term capital projects list for when maintenance $ is made available as new schools are built Navigating new state directives: educator evaluation systems and the new SAGE test Navigating new state directives: educator evaluation systems and the new SAGE test

19 Summary and Conclusion The Provo City School District has dedicated and skilled employees The Provo City School District has dedicated and skilled employees We have high standards and expectations for student learning We have high standards and expectations for student learning We hold the belief that the work we do MUST positively impact student achievement We hold the belief that the work we do MUST positively impact student achievement We have a philosophy that we will aggressively identify problems and with conviction work to resolve those problems We have a philosophy that we will aggressively identify problems and with conviction work to resolve those problems Our standing in the region and state is improving – people are taking notice Our standing in the region and state is improving – people are taking notice The district is committed to treating people right, and striving to resolve damaged relationships and trust The district is committed to treating people right, and striving to resolve damaged relationships and trust The schools have autonomy and district-wide accountability The schools have autonomy and district-wide accountability

20 20 The state of the district is strong and improving! The state of the district is strong and improving! Conclusion


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