BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability System

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BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemPrepared by the Accountability Committeeof theBoard of Education for the City of Savannahand the County of ChathamDAS 20151Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemTABLE OF CONTENTSREPORTS AND PRESENTATION SUMMARY . . .3INTRODUCTION . .4GOALS, OBJECTIVES, GUIDING PRINCIPLES, VISION FOR PUBLIC EDUCATION INGEORGIA . .5STRATEGIC GOAL 1: TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS ARE COLLEGE AND CAREER READY(Academic Achievement) . . 7BOARD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL .7OBJECTIVES / MEASURES TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL:A. Reading on Grade Level (ROGL) and Numeracy on Grade Level (NOGL). . .7B. Georgia Milestones (EOG) .9C. Predictors for Graduation (P4G) . .11D. Graduation Rate . .13E. Georgia Milestones (EOC) . .14F. Postsecondary Accelerated Options (PAO) . .15G. College Entrance Exams (CEE) . .17H. College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) 18I. Georgia High School Writing Test (GHSWT) . . .19J. End of Pathway Assessment (EOPA) . .20STRATEGIC GOAL 2: TO ENSURE FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND EFFECTIVE RESOURCESTEWARDSHIP. . .21BOARD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL . 21OBJECTIVES / MEASURES TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL:A. Stewardship of Transportation . .21B. Stewardship of Food Nutrition . 23C. Use of Audits .24D. Stewardship of Human Resources . .26E. Stewardship of Facilities .28.STRATEGIC GOAL 3: TO PROVIDE A SAFE AND SECURE ENVIRONMENT FOR STUDENTS ANDEMPLOYEES . 30BOARD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL .30OBJECTIVES / MEASURES TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL:A. Student Attendance . 30B. School Discipline .31C. Emergency Preparedness .32D. Weapons and Drugs .33E. Student Well-Being .34STRATEGIC GOAL 4: TO ENGAGE PARENTS AND OTHER COMMUNITYSTAKEHOLDERS . .35BOARD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL . .35OBJECTIVES / MEASURES TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL:A. Engaging our Students’ Parents and the Community . . .35B. Engaging the Community . .38C. Engagement Through Mentoring & Tutoring . .39D. Perceptions of the District .40Glossary of Terms . .41District Organization Charts . 48DAS 20152Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemSUMMARY OF REPORTS AND RPRRRRFebruaryPRRPRRRRMayPRPRRRRRRPRRJunePRRRNote: Executive Summary reports will be provided to board members as the databecomes available from the State Department of Education. The reporting period listedabove are estimates only and are subject to change.DAS 20154. E. Perception of the District4.D. Engaging Through Mentoring & Tutoring4.B. Engaging the Community4.A. Engaging Students' Parents & Comm.3.E. Student Well-BeingRPRRPR3.D. Weapons and DrugsPRRPRMarch3.C. Emergency Preparedness3.B. School Discipline3.A. Student Attendance2.E. Stewardship of Facilities2.D. Stewardship of Human ResourcesPRRRGoal 4: ToEngage Parentsand OtherCommunityStakeholdersRPROctoberAprilGoal 3: To Provide a Safeand Secure Environmentfor Students andEmployeesRPRSeptemberNovember2.C. Use of Audits1.J. EOPA1.I. GHSWT1.H. CCRPI1.G. CEE1.F. PAO1.E. GMAS EOC1.D. Graduation Rate1.C. P4G1.B. GMAS EOG1.A. ROGL & NOGLObjectives2.B. Stewardship of Food NutritionStrategicGoalsGoal 2: To Ensure FiscalResponsibility andEffective ResourceStewardship2.A. Stewardship of TransportationGoal 1: To Ensure All Students are College and CareerReady (Academic Achievement)3Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemINTRODUCTIONThe District Accountability System provides the framework for the school system’sstrategic planning process. It incorporates the Mission and Vision statements, GuidingPrinciples, and Strategic Goals as approved by the Board of Education for the City ofSavannah and the County of Chatham.Supporting each of the Board’s strategic goals are one or more objectives with specificmeasures and performance targets. These objectives specify what the Superintendent andDistrict staff will be doing to accomplish each of the Board’s strategic goals. SpecificBoard actions to support each of the strategic goals are also detailed. The Board is alsocommitted to the following recurring actions in support of achieving each of the district’sstrategic goals:1. Work with the Superintendent to focus capital, financial, and personnel resourcesto support the specified objectives in the District Accountability System.2. Review and update all policies at least biannually to ensure alignment with thespecified objectives. Remain attentive to the need for additional revisions topolicy that may occur from time to time as recommended by the Superintendentto support the specified objectives.3. Require an annual “State of the Schools” report from the Superintendent whichaddresses the District’s performance on each of the specified objectives, andreview and discuss that report during an open Board meeting.4. Receive timely reports on established objectives as established and provideappropriate direction as necessary.This District Accountability System has been designed to help focus and guide the workof the School Board and Superintendent. It also serves as one of the tools for the schoolBoard's assessment of its own performance and that of the Superintendent each year.While the planning horizon included in this document spans multiple years, modificationsfrom time to time are expected. Because the Board and Superintendent intend for this tobe an evolving document that will be used to plan and evaluate throughout the year, thecomponents of the Accountability System may be periodically modified by a resolutionof the School Board upon the recommendation of the Superintendent.DAS 20154Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemBoard PolicyDescriptor Code: BAGoals and ObjectivesThe Board of Education will ensure that the Savannah-Chatham County Public School System(SCCPSS) develops a strategic plan and Board accountability system to provide the governancenecessary to successfully meet established objectives for each goal area.Mission Statement: To ignite a passion for learning and teaching at high levels.Vision Statement: From school to the world: All students prepared for productive futures.Strategic GoalsThe Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education is committed to establishing strategic goalswhich support the Boards Vision and Mission Statement. These goals will be periodicallyreviewed and updated. The current strategic goals are as follows:GOAL 1: To ensure all students are college and career ready (Academic Achievement).GOAL 2: To ensure fiscal responsibility and effective resource stewardship.GOAL 3: To provide a safe and secure environment for students and employees.GOAL 4: To engage parents and other community stakeholders.GUIDING PRINCIPLESGuiding Principles are the shared values and management style of the organization. Theyarticulate the ethical standards by which the organization makes decisions and conducts activities.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 1: The school board provides guidance and support to schools byestablishing clear goals, aligned policies, high standards, and effective systems of evaluationwhich produce accountability and results.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 2: The academic achievement of students will be at a level that willenable them, upon graduation from high school, to enter college or the work force fully preparedto be successful—without need of remediation.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 3: Education is a shared responsibility between home, school, andcommunity.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 4: A safe, secure, and orderly environment is essential for teaching andlearning.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 5: All children can learn and achieve at high levels but may learn atdifferent rates or through different learning styles.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 6: Fiscal responsibility and accountability must be maintained at alltimes.GUIDING PRINCIPLE 7: Positive relationships are built through honesty and respect whichenhance cooperation, safety and well-being of students, families and staff.DAS 20155Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemA Vision for Public Education in GeorgiaThe Board endorses the following recommendations from the Vision for Public Educationin Georgia: Promote public education as the cornerstone of American democracy bypublicizing student and school successes through all available media. Develop a comprehensive and balanced system of assessments that is useful inguiding the work of teachers and students. Ensure full technology integration into the classroom by providing access toadequate resources, equitable infrastructure and professional learningopportunities for teachers. Develop and implement an accountability system at the local school district levelthat is based on local district educational goals that are aligned with stateeducational goals and state accountability system, and which include clearlydefined measures of school district, school, and student success. Determine stakeholder perceptions of schools and school districts. Make each school and district an inviting place to be for students, parents, staff,and the larger community.DAS 20156Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemSTRATEGIC GOAL 1: TO ENSURE ALL STUDENTS ARECOLLEGE AND CAREER READY (Academic Achievement)BOARD ACTIONS TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL:1. Meet at least once with the presidents of nearby colleges and universities togain feedback supportive of student preparation for post-secondary endeavors.2. Review and update all policies at least biannually to ensure alignment with thespecified objectives for this strategic goal and remain attentive to the need foradditional revisions to policies as recommended by the Superintendent.3. Require an annual state of the schools report from the Superintendent whichaddresses the District’s performance on each of the specified objectives forthis strategic goal, and review and discuss that report during an open Boardmeeting.OBJECTIVES / MEASURES TO SUPPORT THIS GOAL:A. Reading on Grade Level (ROGL) and Numeracy on Grade Level (NOGL)a. ROGLObjective: To increase the percentage of students who are reading on grade levelby the end of grade 2 ,4, and 7 as measured by a Lexile reading scale score of330L, 630L, and 880L respectively. The measuring tool for grades 2, 4, and 7 isthe Scholastic Reading Inventory Assessment (SRI).Baseline: SY 20011-12: See table belowTarget: By SY2014-15, the following targets will be met by each listed gradelevel.ROGLBaselineTargetGrade 2 Grade 4 Grade 769%68%63%76%77%75%b. NOGLObjective: To increase the percentage of students meeting numeracy on gradelevel by the end of grade 2, 4, and 7 as measured by a RIT scale score of 186,207, and 224 respectively. The measuring tool for grades 2, 4, and 7 is the NWEAMeasures of Academic Progress (MAP).Baseline: SY 2012-13: See table belowTarget: By SY2016-17, the following targets will be met by each listed gradelevel.NOGLBaselineTargetDAS 2015Grade 270%80%Grade 469%80%7Grade 759%73%Board Approved: 10-1-2014

BOARD OF EDUCATION – District Accountability SystemReport: The Administration shall provide the Board of Education with a presentationthat provides an analysis of the percentage of students meeting numeracy and reading ongrade level at the conclusion of the academic year for the district, disaggregated bysubgroups. If available, three years of historical data will be provided and comparedstatistically. School level detailed data shall be provided in an executive summary report.Specialty Program performance will be presented independently from the school.Timing: Presentation and report will be provided to the Board in August of each year.Progress monitoring reports will be provided in November and April.Ownership: Executive Directors of School Governance, Division of Academic Affairs.Responsible: Elementary, K-8, and Middle School Principals.Note: Gateway requirements for ROGL and NOGL are established for each year leadingto the target year SY 2016-17. The yearly gateway targets can be found on Board PolicyExhibit IHE-E (3).Strategies/Action Items for ROGL: Professional Learning Coaches, in partnership with the Content Specialists, willdevelop and implement a comprehensive Interdisciplinary Literacy/Writing Plan(ILWP) for grades 2 through 12 to include digital writing portfolios based on theestablished Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) rubrics inpreparation for the Georgia Milestones Assessments. Professional Learning Coaches will work with schools to train school leaders andteachers on literacy/writing strategies and portfolio assessments as outlined in theILWP. Executive Directors of School Governance will evaluate the effectiveness of theILWP using Wilson Foundations, SRA Reading Mastery, SRI, and portfolioassessments.Strategies/Action Items for NOGL: Professional Learning Coaches, in partnership with the Content Specialists, willdevelop and implement a comprehensive interdisciplinary Math Plan (IMP) forgrades K through 12 using several research-based strategies, including but notlimited to those below, in