MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE: F'S IN THE WASHINGTON AND DOUGLASS CLUSTERS SINCE 2012
I'm interested in the continuous improvement of all of the schools in District 2 that are zoned for Washington and Douglass High Schools.
This means we use data as a flashlight to see what we can do differently this means we don't use data as a hammer to beat people up.
There are 15 schools in District 2 (including North Metro GNETS); however, 23 schools make up the Washington and Douglass clusters.
There are 7 schools in the Washington and Douglass clusters that have received grades of F on the state school report cards every year since 2012.
For the 2016 State Report Cards 0 out of 23 schools have a grade of A; 0 out of 23 schools have a grade of B; 5 out of 23 schools have a grade of C; 2 out of 23 schools have a grade of D; 13 out of 23 schools have a grade of F; 3 out of 23 schools did not receive a grade.
For the 2016 State Report Cards 9 Elementary Schools (or 60%) have a grade of F; 2 Middle Schools (or 50%) have a grade of F; 2 High Schools (or 67%) have a grade of F.
And how are the children?
Check out the school report cards HERE.
AND A CHILD SHALL LEAD THEM: Always ask questions at Community Chats and Forums
The great thing about children is that they demonstrate the power of asking questions. They want to know What Why When and so much more.
An inquisitive six-year old, her four-year old sister, and their mother joined me at today's Community Chat. The six-year old wanted to know what it meant to "run for school board" and "be a school board member". If we can't explain it to a child, then what's really going on?
I started by talking about her teacher helping her and her classmates. Then I asked, "Who helps the teacher?" (hint: the principal). We continued with "who helps whom?" all the way to the school board. Of course, when I asked who helps the school board, she replied with confidence, "God!" And so it is.
It's so important for us to look closer at what's taking place within our school system and ask those powerful child-like questions, questions that get at the heart of what's really going on. It is through asking that we learn.
So, how are the children?