03.28.18 Superintendent's Report to the School Committee

posted Mar 29, 2018, 9:43 AM by Richard Safier

The Gloucester Public Schools

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Report of the Superintendent of Schools

 

March 28, 2018

 

1.         Graduation Rates

The four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class. For any given cohort, students who are entering grade 9 for the first time form a cohort that is subsequently “adjusted” by adding any students who transfer into the cohort later during the next three years and subtracting any students who transfer out, emigrates to another country, or dies during that same period. 

 

Cohort Graduation Rate

# of students in cohort who graduate in 4 years or less

# of 1st time entering 9th-graders in 2013-14 – transfers out + transfers in

 

The four-year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate is the number of students who graduate in four years with a regular high school diploma divided by the        number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class.

 

Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate

number of students who graduate in four years

number of students who form the adjusted cohort for the graduating class

 

            These rates for graduation are also calculated for a 5th year. The following table provides the numbers for 2017:

 

4-Year Graduation Rate

Student Group

# in Cohort

% Graduated

% Still in School

% Non-Grad Completers

% H.S. Equiv.

% Dropped Out

% Permanently Excluded

All Students 

199 

90.5 

5.5 

0.0 

0.5 

3.5 

0.0 

Male 

90 

86.7 

5.6 

0.0 

0.0 

7.8 

0.0 

Female 

109 

93.6 

5.5 

0.0 

0.9 

0.0 

0.0 

ELL 

83.3 

0.0 

0.0 

0.0 

16.7 

0.0 

Students w/disabilities 

56 

78.6 

14.3 

0.0 

0.0 

7.1 

0.0 

Low income 

86 

87.2 

8.1 

0.0 

1.2 

3.5 

0.0 

High needs 

107 

86.0 

8.4 

0.0 

0.9 

4.7 

0.0 

Afr. Amer./Black 

Asian 

Hispanic/Latino 

77.8 

11.1 

0.0 

0.0 

11.1 

0.0 

Amer. Ind. Or Alaska Nat. 

White 

177 

91.5 

4.5 

0.0 

0.6 

3.4 

0.0 

Nat. Haw. Or Pacif. Isl. 

Multi-race, Non-Hisp./Lat. 

 

 

 

4-Year Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate

Student Group

# in Cohort

% Graduated

% Still in School

% Non-Grad Completers

% H.S. Equiv.

% Dropped Out

% Permanently Excluded

All Students 

181

91.2

6.1

0.0

.6

2.2

0.0 

Male 

82

89.0

6.1

0.0

0.0

4.9

0.0 

Female 

99

92.9

6.1

0.0

1.0

0.0

0.0 

ELL 

6

83.3

0.0

0.0

0.0

16.7

0.0 

Students w/disabilities 

48

79.2

16.7

0.0

0.0

4.2

0.0 

Low income 

80

87.5

8.8

0.0

0.0

2.5

0.0 

High needs 

97

86.6

9.3

0.0

0.0

3.1

0.0 

Afr. Amer./Black 

4

 

 

 

 

 

Asian 

2

 

 

 

 

 

Hispanic/Latino 

9

77.8

11.1

0.0

0.0

11.1

0.0 

Amer. Ind. Or Alaska Nat. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White 

161

92.5

5.0

0.0

0.0

1.9

0.0 

Nat. Haw. Or Pacif. Isl. 

Multi-race, Non-Hisp./Lat. 

3

 

 

Both the 4-Year Graduation rate and the 4-Year Adjusted Graduation Rate for 2017 are higher than the for the Graduation Year of 2016:

   

Graduation Rate

2017

2016

4-Year Graduation Rate

90.5

88.0

4-Year Adjusted Graduation Rate

91.2

91.1

5-Year Graduation Rate

89.3

93.9

5-Year Adjusted Graduation Rate

92.5

95.3

 

DESE announced this week that the state’s four-year graduation rate improved for the eleventh consecutive year with 88.3 percent of students who entered as ninth graders in the 2013-14 school year – or who transferred into that same cohort at any time during high school – graduating within four years. The 2017-18 figure for Gloucester High School is 88.7.

 

2.         Update on the O”Maley Innovation Middle School Search

The O’Maley Principal Search Committee completed its round of interviews and they put forward a list of three finalists. Each of the finalists visited the O’Maley Innovation Middle School on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of last week. The candidates were taken on a tour of the school, met with students, parents, and teachers. Survey forms were available for all who were interested in making comments. The final public interviews were held on Monday, March 26.

 

3.         Athletic Director Update

            The job posting for the Athletic Director’s position closed on March 9, as did requests for members of the search committee.  The first organizational meeting         was held                 on Tuesday, March 20; the second meeting was held yesterday, March 27. Search Committee interview dates are scheduled for April 2, 4, and 10.

 

4.         An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement

On March 20, the Senate President and a working group of House and Senate members announced consensus legislation that would implement a uniform civics education curriculum in Massachusetts public schools. The legislation – S.2355, An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement – maintains the existing educational requirement for civics education, but makes comprehensive changes to the curriculum framework. The legislation includes a hands-on and experiential approach to teaching civics by incorporating project-based learning components, encouraging competency in news media literacy – including the ability to critically read and analyze print and online media sources – and providing extracurricular civic engagement opportunities. Under the new curriculum, all public school students would participate in two student-led civics projects.

 

This legislation also implements a variety of extracurricular opportunities for students to continue to engage with the political process. It establishes the Edward Moore Kennedy & Edward William Brooke Civics Challenge, which will be available to all eighth-grade students as an opportunity to display civics projects that they have completed in their schools. The bill also establishes the high school voter challenge, two two-week periods (beginning of March and the end of September) where student voter outreach coordinators can hold voter registration drivers for their classmates.

 

Our main concern is a provision within the legislation calling for schools to provide civics projects for students prior to graduation. This will likely be an added cost and to schools and districts

 

5.         O’Maley’s Evening of Excellence

            The O’Maley Innovation Middle School held its annual Evening of Excellence Tuesday night, March 27. This is an extravaganza event which includes:

·      Excerpts from Shrek, Jr., The O’Maley Big Band, and The O’Maley Chorus performed in the auditorium.

·      From 6:45–8:00 p.m. there were exhibits in the Commons bits in the and the Library Learning Commons

·      The Scholastic Book Fair; and,

·      Students and staff from all grades presented examples of their work in the classroom.

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