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Equity and Adequacy of Resources to Support Performance Based Graduation Requirements at Beacon Charter High School for the Arts. Michael Skeldon October 16, 2010. The Problem. School districts are required to meet performance based measures as well as prepare students for high stakes tests

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Equity and Adequacy of Resources to Support Performance Based Graduation Requirements at Beacon Charter High School for the Arts

Michael Skeldon

October 16, 2010

the problem
The Problem
  • School districts are required to meet performance based measures as well as prepare students for high stakes tests
    • NECAP
    • PARCC
  • Performance-basedcriteria have notgone away
research question
Research Question
  • Are existing resources up to the task of preparing students for Beacon’s graduation requirements?
review of the literature
Review of the Literature
  • Linkage of educational opportunities to the Fourteenth Amendment brought the issue of equity to the forefront of education reform attempts in the second half of the twentieth century
  • Guthrie (2008):

EDUCATION FINANCE POLICY=EDUCATION POLICY

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review of the literature continued
Review of the Literature, continued

Guthrie further states:

  • Increase in spending has not led to a corresponding increase in student achievement
  • Changes have beenreactionary, isolated and not systemic nor comprehensive
review of the literature continued1
Review of the Literature, continued
  • Current conflicting viewpoints on adequacy:
    • Funding should be ties to student achievement (performance based) -Hanushek and Lindseth (2009)
    • Judicial system still the best place for determination of adequacy-Rebell (2009)
review of the literature continued2
Review of the Literature, continued
  • Rhode Island’s PBGR System:
    • NECAP -> PARCC
    • Selection of 2 out of 3 performance measures (no longer at the forefront of reforms):
      • Comprehensive end-of-course exams
      • Academic Portfolio
      • Senior Capstone Project
  • Budgetary concerns raised – Cech (2008)
fiscal impact of pbgr options
Fiscal Impact of PBGR Options
  • Increased course requirements requires increased human resource expenses
  • End-of-course examinations – similar to what was already in place offers significant cost savings
  • Portfolios require no curriculum to be written, perhaps a hosting fee
  • Senior project, if open-ended requires no courses to be developed nor taught
beacon s performance based graduation requirements
Beacon’s Performance BASED GRADUATION Requirements

Clockwise from top left: Capstone Filmmaking Course, Portfolio Presentation, and Judges Question a Student.

are beacon s resources adequate
Are Beacon’s Resources Adequate?
  • In 2010, 15/51 (29%) seniors failed Beacon’s portfolio and/or Capstone requirements
  • Seven students (14%) failed both
  • More than 50% of those who failed were special needs
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What changes could be made to the requirements to make them more manageable?What supports could be put into place to improve results?
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