Excellence for All
Report, Grant # 52309, Alliance for Education and Seattle Public Schools, Nov 2012 Page 2 of 27
Summary of SPS Accomplishments
The 2008-13 strategic plan has one more year of implementation. With four years completed, there is progress toward all goals. A few highlights on the “plus” side:
The overall 4-year high school graduation rate has climbed 11 points since 2008 to 73.5%.
The percentage of SPS students achieving proficiency as measured by Washington’s
Measuresof Student Progress
(MSP) and the
High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE)
has increased inevery grade and subject, and for all races and incomes.
There has been particularly strong growth in the pass rate in the MSP Science test.
SPS performance remains above the state average in nearly all subjects and grades.
There is evidence that a performance-driven, student-centered culture is emerging in a number of schools in the district.Yet progress is uneven and there is still much work to do to achieve the original goals.
The growth in the graduation rate of low income and students of color lags that of thecomparison groups and wide gaps remain.
The goals for MSP proficiency are unlikely to be met in nearly all subjects.
Data-IQ and performance management practices are not emerging consistently across thesystem.
Summary of Alliance Accomplishments
Accomplishments in the
School Board Leadership Development
Role clarification as evidenced in the adoption of a governance structure that honors thecomplementary work of the management and clarifies the board’s role in oversight.
A new streamlined process for policy development and review.
A cost-neutral restructure that provides the members with strategic counsel and administrativesupport.Accomplishments in the Alliance’s
(CE) work include:
Development of relationships with diverse communities and organizations
Greater engagement of diverse communities by SPS leadership
Leveraging of the new relationships for engagement on other initiatives such as the advocacywork of the Our Schools Coalition (OSC
Internal and External Changes Affecting Implementation
The four years of this grant have been marked by numerous changes impacting all strands of work.These challenges include unusually high turnover in district governance, leadership and cabinet-level positions, and severe revenue shortfalls. See section VIII of this report for details.
Washington’s annual state-wide assessment of student learning (formerly the “WASL”) includes the
Measures of Student Progress
grades, and the
High School Proficiency Exam.