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Final ERS Report on DCPS

Final ERS Report on DCPS

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Realigning Resourcesfor District Success
Duval County Public SchoolsFinal Report 
 
Jonathan Travers and Kristen Ferris
September 2011
 
 
 
Acknowledgment
 This report and the ERS analysis were made possible through funding from Jacksonville Public Education Fundand the Duval County Public Schools. ERS would like to thank the many people in Duval that worked tirelessly helping us organize meetings, gather and interpret data, and generate insights. Thanks to Superintendent Ed Pratt-Dannals and Dept. Superintendent Pat Willis, Phil Mobley, Vicki Reynolds, Debbie Menard, Tim Ballentine, MikePerrone, Lawrence Dennis, Tony Bellamy, Jackie Byrd, Elaine Mann, and the rest of the DCPS leadership team. While economic times are tough, DCPS leaders are poised to make smart, strategic and bold decisions to move thedistrict forward towards being an exemplary urban district for the country. Given the deep commitment of both thedistrict and the community, we expect the next steps laid out in this report to lead to unprecedented success.
About ERS
Education Resource Strategies (ERS)
is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping urban school systemsorganize talent, time and money to create great schools at scale. This report is the culmination of a year of hard work from many ERS staff including: Karen Hawley Miles, Funmi Haastrup, Betty Hsu, Keri Munkwitz, JuraChung, Elliot Watts, Beth Rabbit, Anna Sommers, Allison Hausman, Coralie DiTommaso, and Justin Burniske.Cover Photo:
Students at Jeb Stuart Middle School represent DCPS at the national “Let’s Move!” campaign to fight
childhood obesity. Courtesy of Duval County Public Schools. 
 
 
Table of Contents
Executive Summary ................................................................................................................. 1Introduction ............................................................................................................................... 4
ERS Partnership ......................................................................................................................... 4The Resource Picture in Duval County Public Schools ....................................................... 5The Way Forward ..................................................................................................................... 6
Realigning Resources in Duval County Public Schools ......................................................... 8
I. Measuring Teaching Effectiveness ..................................................................................... 8II. Strengthening Teaching Teams........................................................................................ 12III. Targeting Time and Attention .......................................................................................... 17IV. Leveraging Turnaround ................................................................................................... 25V. Matching Funding to Need ............................................................................................. 32
Concluding Thoughts ............................................................................................................. 37Works Cited ............................................................................................................................. 38Appendix A: ERS Methodology Overview ............................................................................ 39Appendix B: Summary of Implications for District Policies, Processes, and Structures ..... 41Appendix C: Other Opportunities ......................................................................................... 44
 
Appendix D: List of “Spotlight” Schools
................................................................................. 45
 

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