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Alignment and Focus: How School District U-46 Improved Achievement. School District U-46 Ken Kaczynski, Board President Dr. Mary Jayne Broncato, Interim Superintendent Dr. Barb Bonner, Chief Academic Officer John Prince, Chief Financial and Operations Officer. District Background.

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alignment and focus how school district u 46 improved achievement

Alignment and Focus:How School District U-46 Improved Achievement

School District U-46

Ken Kaczynski, Board President

Dr. Mary Jayne Broncato, Interim Superintendent

Dr. Barb Bonner, Chief Academic Officer

John Prince, Chief Financial and Operations Officer

slide2

District Background

  • Second-largest school district in Illinois
  • 41,000+ students
  • 11 diverse communities (urban & suburban)
  • 53 schools in Cook, Kane, & DuPage Co.
  • Student Demographics:
    • 42.7% White
    • 41.0% Hispanic
    • 7.6% Asian/Pacific Islander
    • 6.8% African-American
    • 42.5% Low-Income
    • 19.9% Limited English Proficient
slide3

State of the District in 2002

  • Budget Crisis - $56 million shortfall.
  • NCLB begins - Only 48% of elementary schools making AYP. No middle schools making AYP. No high schools making AYP.
  • Site-based management - Little alignment of curriculum, instruction, or finances.
  • Superintendent search underway due to the retirement of popular leader.
slide4

Board Actions

  • Selects new superintendent after extensive search.
  • Collaborates with outside organization (Stupski Foundation).
  • Implements budget cuts to address shortfall.
  • Approves the District’s first District Improvement Plan.
slide5

District Improvement Plan (DIP)

  • One page, Board approved document. Short and easy for all to understand
  • Posted throughout district
  • Superintendent goals tied to DIP
  • Public reporting on progress at Board meetings (Improved public accountability)
  • Board begins to use data in decision making
  • Annual planning cycle/continuous

improvement

slide7

How the DIP Works

District Improvement Plan

Interdependent Focus on Priorities / Pillars

Alignment of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Alignment of Budget/Resources to Support Priorities

Improved Student Achievement

slide8

Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

  • Alignment of Curriculum & Instruction
  • Professional development
  • Assessment/evaluation throughout the year
  • Results and re-evaluation
slide9

Curriculum Roadmap &Academic Vocabulary

  • Curriculum roadmap is a research-based, data driven resource for educators that serves as a guide for improved instruction and learning. (www.u-46.org/roadmap)
  • Academic Vocabulary implemented at all grade levels to help students improve language skills and reading comprehension.
slide10

Alignment of Resources

  • Budget/resources aligned to support the District Improvement Plan
  • Investment in programs that are sustainable
  • Continual reviews and audits of programs
  • ISO 9001
  • Alignment of all operations to support DIP
slide12

The Results

  • Improved academic achievement
    • 39 out of 40 elementary schools making AYP
    • Dramatic increase in middle school performance
    • IMAGE performance (for English Language Learners) has shown dramatic improvement relative to NCLB standards
    • The achievement gap was cut in half between 2003 and 2006.
  • Improved Finances
    • Fifth consecutive balanced budget
    • Improved Moody’s ratings
slide15

Our Focus Today

  • Continued assessment and evaluation of elementary school performance.
  • Further alignment of secondary education:
    • Middle and high school U.S. History
    • High school civics and economics
    • High school language arts (writing intensive)
    • Increased high school graduation requirements
    • Full review of middle school education
  • Continued professional development.
slide16

Key Elements of Our Success

  • Include teachers in development process
  • Provide a common set of goals for all stakeholders. Not a binder, but an easy-to-understand guide.
  • Connect the dots…continue to align curriculum and instruction
  • Improve transparency of programs and increase accountability (audits, reviews)
  • Align resources to support your plan
  • Human resource development

and investment

  • Ongoing assessments of results
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