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Chamber’s Report Card Committee Anxious for Dramatic Gains

by Stephanie Coleman | Dec 18, 2012
Yesterday, the Chamber’s Education Report Card Committee presented its annual evaluation of Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) to a standing-room-only crowd at the Adventure Science Center. Along with school system performance, the committee analyzed charter schools due to the timeliness and urgency around addressing how charter schools will be integrated into the district’s overall strategy.

After an in-depth examination of the 2011-2012 school year, the committee believes the district is moving in the right direction, having made incremental gains across multiple measures; however, the pace of improvement is of great concern.

Less than half of Metro students met the state’s proficiency benchmarks in math and reading, and the percentage of students scoring a 21 or higher on the ACT – a measure of college- and career-readiness – has improved by only one point per year for the past three years, up to 29 percent in 2012.

The committee is anxious for dramatic gains and believes it will take bold action to accelerate progress and increase accountability in Metro Schools.

The committee presented five recommendations that they believe will help the district meet these goals:

     1. The school board should develop a dashboard to review progress on key performance measurements at their regularly
     scheduled meetings.
     2. MNPS should create and implement a comprehensive strategy for integrating charter schools into the district, as a step
     toward creating an overall strategic plan that clearly connects all reform efforts.
     3. MNPS should develop a system to offer shared services for charter schools as a way to increase efficiencies and cost
     4. MNPS should broaden the Innovation Zone to the bottom 25 percent of district schools.
     5. The Tennessee General Assembly should amend state law to implement a default closure mandate for charter schools that
     are placed on the state’s priority schools list for not meeting performance standards.

The committee hopes this year’s report will be a catalyst for the bold actions and strong community support needed to see dramatic performance gains in Nashville’s public schools.

To view the full report, click here.

To view photos from the event, click here.

Chamber’s Education Report Card Committee Co-chair Todd Vandawater presents findings and recommendations from the 2012 Education Report Card.

Audience members, including Education Report Card Committee member Derrick Hines and School Board member Elissa Kim, listen to the presentation.

Category: Education