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Knowledge Academies. 5:00PM – 6:30PM. A special thanks to. Christin Shatzer & Lipscomb University for providing the space. Purpose of Meeting: To Establish a Common Base of Knowledge . Place a name with a face for the work that lies ahead. Ask questions and network. Gain an overview…

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knowledge academies

Knowledge Academies

5:00PM – 6:30PM

a special thanks to

A special thanksto..

ChristinShatzer & Lipscomb University for providing the space.

purpose of meeting to establish a common base of knowledge
Purpose of Meeting: To Establish a Common Base of Knowledge
  • Place a name with a face for the work that lies ahead.
    • Ask questions and network.
  • Gain an overview…
    • Big picture related to charter schools Nationally and in Tennessee
    • Challenges and opportunities ahead
  • Begin conversation about the role of the Board
  • Review and agree on short- and long- term next steps.
national landscape on charter schools
National Landscape on Charter Schools
  • There are two major reports, currently shaping the debate.
    • The methodology of each study is different.
    • Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO), Stanford University
    • New York City Charter School Evaluation Project, Performed by independent researchers from Stanford, UPenn, and the National Bureau of Economic Research
comparing the two studies
Comparing the two studies
  • Stanford
    • Only 17 percent (of charter schools), provide superior education opportunities for their students. 
    • Nearly half of the charter schools nationwide have results that are no different from the local public school options and over a third, 37 percent, deliver learning results that are significantly worse than their student would have realized had they remained in traditional public schools.
  • NYC Study
    • Claims more authentic, lottery-based (random) comparison among the families of students who selected to their children to participate in a charter school lottery.
    • On average, a student who attended a charter school for all of grades kindergarten through eight would close about 86 percent of the "Scarsdale-Harlem achievement gap" in math and 66 percent of the achievement gap in English. A student who attended fewer grades would improve by a commensurately smaller amount.
what are some of the best practices of the highest performing charter schools
What are some of the best practices of the highest performing charter schools?
  • Important Note: Most of the research has been performed on elementary and middle schools.
  • a long school year
    • longer hours [8-8.5 hrs. vs. 6.5-7.0 hrs.]
    • longer academic calendar [190 days vs. 180 days]
  • a greater number of minutes devoted to English during each school day
    • Usually double the minutes for English and Mathematics
  • a small rewards/small penalties disciplinary policy
    • a common schoolwide focus on “sweating the small stuff” consistently across teachers
  • teacher pay based somewhat on performance or duties, as opposed to a traditional pay scale based strictly on seniority and credentials.
  • Internal assessments, based on the alignment of state standards to the daily curriculum.
    • Pre- and post- performance on national assessment.
    • Internal 6-week formative assessments.

Source: The New York City Charter School Evaluation Project (2009)

Building Excellent Schools. (2009)

who are among the best performing charter schools
Who are among the best performing charter schools?
  • Those participating in the EPIC National Charter School Consortium(Run by New Leaders for New Schools)
    • Currently made up of 179 charter schools in 20 states. Schools have to apply in order to participate.
    • Participating schools make their student achievement data open and available for analysis by an independent third party, determining the level of gain per academic year.
    • The consortium provides direct financial rewards to teachers who demonstrate the ability to raise academic achievement. Awards average $3,000 per teacher.
who are among the best performing charter schools nationally
Who are among the best performing charter schools (nationally)?

One goal, during the next 10 months of planning, is to spend at leasttwo consecutive days at 1 to 3 of these highest performing schools.

-Each trip will range between $500 and $800.

who are among the best performing charter schools in tennessee
Who are among the best performing charter schools in Tennessee?
  • Value added achievement gains can serve as the standard.
  • The following schools received a letter grade of A in at least 3 out of 4 subject areas:
    • Memphis Academy of Health Sciences
    • Soulsville Charter School
  • The following school received a letter grade of A in at least 1 out of 4 subject areas:
    • KIPP Academy Nashville
who are among the best performing charter schools in tennessee1
Who are among the best performing charter schools in Tennessee?

Value added gains: Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

even the best performing have a ways to go in order to meet the standard
Even the best performing have a ways to go in order to meet the standard.

Academic Achievement: Memphis Academy of Health Sciences

who are among the best performing charter schools in tennessee2
Who are among the best performing charter schools in Tennessee?

Value added gains: Soulsville Charter School

even the best performing have a ways to go in order to meet the standard1
Even the best performing have a ways to go in order to meet the standard.

Academic Achievement: Soulsville Charter School

who are among the best performing charter schools in tennessee3
Who are among the best performing charter schools in Tennessee?

Value added gains: KIPP Academy Nashville

even the best performing have a ways to go in order to meet the standard2
Even the best performing have a ways to go in order to meet the standard.

Academic Achievement: KIPP Academy Nashville

how does race to the top affect the landscape for charter schools
How does Race to the Top affect the landscape for charter schools?
  • Achievement School District
    • The lowest performing schools will be required to select from one of four turnaround approaches. One of the approaches includes management by a charter school organization.
    • The grant specifically mentions creating 14 – 15 high performing charter schools across the state.
  • To date, the state’s approach has been to defer to the local district in proposing a local solution.
    • The most recent example is the selection of LEAD academy to manage the transition for Cameron Middle School.
    • This may or may not change based on the next election and the priorities of the next governor.
how does race to the top affect the landscape for charter schools1
How does Race to the Top affect the landscape for charter schools?
  • The state’s list of “high priority” schools is going to get longer.
    • Currently there are 30 high priority schools in Nashville. This may double or triple in size over the next couple of years.
  • This is the first year in which all schools will be measured against much more rigorous academic standards.
  • Next year will be the first in which teachers are now judged based on value added achievement.
  • There is a much greater focus on using technology to assist in interpreting data to support improved achievement. Charter schools must demonstrate they are ready for the new challenge.
how does race to the top affect the potential landscape for knowledge academies
How does Race to the Top affect the potential landscape for Knowledge Academies?
  • The environment will be much more competitive for very high quality applications.
    • Applications will be reviewed in relationship to the district’s overall Race to the Top strategy.
  • The original model is focused on beginning in middle school versus high school.
    • Two of the targeted high schools are receiving a substantial amount of new resources, strategies, and dollars based on the Race to the Top grant.
      • Glencliff HS will basically become a new charter high school, without the “charter school” title.
        • It will receive over $1 million per year for the next 5 years.
        • It will have longer school days, year around calendar, and also targeted professional development strategies from national vendors.
      • McGavock HS is next on the list.
role of the board review sample resource from build excellent schools
Role of the BoardReview Sample Resource from Build Excellent Schools
  • Believein the mission
  • Collaboratewith other members
  • Participatein the organizations work, training, and planning.
  • Supportgroup decisions once they are made
  • Networkwith community contacts
  • Mobilizepotential donors, volunteers, advocates
  • Attendmeetings
  • Askquestions
  • Give an annual contribution, based on ability
  • Stayinformed about issues related to education and charter schools