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BMG Report All4Ed SPS StratPlan Grant52309 11-2-12

BMG Report All4Ed SPS StratPlan Grant52309 11-2-12

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Report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the SPS Strategic Plan 2008 to 2013.
Report to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the SPS Strategic Plan 2008 to 2013.

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Report to theBill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Grant #52309:Support for Seattle Public Schools’ Strategic Plan
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I. Executive Summary
 
Project Scope
 In 2008, the Seattle School Board approved a 5-year strategic plan for 2008-2013 called  
 (EFA). The overarching objective of the plan, now in its fifth year, is to dramatically transformSPS into a system that provides every student with a high quality education – one that prepares themfor higher education, family-wage jobs and a productive communitylife. The plan includes specificacademic goals to be reached by the end of the 2012-13 school year.
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The work to achieve these goalswas funded by several public and private sources. The most significant of these investments werefrom the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the Broad Foundation. The BMGF awarded this grant of $6,959,430
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College Readiness (Rigor)to the Alliance for Education in late 2008. The Alliance subgranted themajority of the grant ($6,247,680) to Seattle Public Schools (SPS) to support the first three years of EFA implementation. The four “strands” of activities conducted under the subgrant are:
 
Data & Assessments
 
Performance Management
 
CommunicationsThe BMGF grant also includes support for two parallel strands of activities undertaken directly by theAlliance budgeted at $579,782:
 
School Board Leadership Development
 
Community Engagement activities to increase public participation in local schools by familiesand other stakeholders.The Alliance budgeted the remaining 2% of the grant to recover some of the costs of grant/subgrantadministration
.
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The grant was originally scheduled to end August 31, 2011. However, the Alliance and SPS asked theFoundation to extend the project through August 31, 2012, with certain no-cost budget amendments.The Foundation approved this request in July, 2011. Pursuant to another limited extension request lastsummer, two limited pieces of work will continue until August 31, 2013.
 
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1
This report follows BMGF
Final Report Guidelines: 
This report followsBMGF’s
Final Report Guidelines
and covers the 42 month period ending August 31, 2012.
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These goals are identified prominently in the annual 
. 
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The grant amount includes two supplements to the original award.
4
Grant/subgrant management costs included project oversight, several budget amendments, monthly subgrant invoice processing, report preparation and other necessary functions. The grant was not charged for any overhead (i.e., rent, utilities, IT support, equipment, etc.).
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The limited extension approved on July 25, 2012, authorizes $60,000 of the 8/31/12 underspend of $142,000 to be used for support for Executive Directors and for 
 MAP
training for teachers.
 
 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.
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o
 
There has been particularly strong growth in the pass rate in the MSP Science test.
o
 
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 
work include:
 
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
Community Engagement 
(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.
 
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Washington’s annual state-wide assessment of student learning (formerly the “WASL”) includes the
 Measures of Student Progress
for 3
rd 
to 8
th
grades, and the
 High School Proficiency Exam.
They are administered by the state Office of Superintendent of PublicInstruction.http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/StateTesting/default.aspx . Scores are at http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?year=2011-12. 
 
 Excellence for All
Report, Grant # 52309, Alliance for Education and Seattle Public Schools, Nov 2012 Page 3 of 27
Despite the challenges, much of the work will continue into and beyond the fifth year.
Continuing the Work
 
The Philanthropic Partnership for Public Education (in which BMGF is a key participant) hasrecently decided to support the development of a “refreshed” strategic plan with extended goalsto 2016. See part
 XI, Sustainability
.
 
School board development work is continuing through a recent grant from the BoeingCompany.
 
Community engagement is a core activity of the Alliance and will continue to be reflected in all programs and mission-related activities.
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The BMGF form “Appendix A” has been completed to reflect the seven strands of work by SPS and the Alliance under this grant (separately attached).
II. Progress on Outcomes and Milestones (Appendix A)
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
III. Implementation Successes
SPS released the 
 for 2011-12 at the
State of the District 
event
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 on November 1,2012. The scorecard reports progress made toward 2013 strategic plan goals. On the plus side:
 
There have been double digit increases in the MSP pass rate in Math for:
o
 
Free/Reduced Lunch students (increasing 16 percentage points to a pass rate of 51%);
o
 
4
th
graders (increasing 11 points to 67% pass rate)
o
 
7
th
graders (increasing 14 points to 67% pass rate)
 
The percentage of students graduating from high school in four years increased to 73.5%, animprovement of 11 percentage points since 2008.
 
The percentage of high school students taking college-level course (AP or IB) increased 14 points to 65%.
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See Appendix B, a one-page description of the Alliance’s mission and programs.
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The
State of the District 
event was covered by the
Seattle Times:

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