• Superintendent Goals 2023-2024

     

    Goal 1

    During the 2023-2024 school year, the superintendent will work with the high school principal to reduce chronic absenteeism for its high-needs, low-income, and Hispanic/Latino students by 4% points, with a target of 27% as recommended by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

    Chronic absenteeism 

    Chronic absenteeism is defined as the percentage of students missing 10 percent or more of their days in membership. The chronic absenteeism rate includes both excused and unexcused absences and is calculated for students in grades 1 through 12. To be included in a school’s chronic absenteeism rate, a student must be enrolled in the school for at least 20 days at any point in the school year. However, if a student is enrolled in multiple schools within the same district in a single school year, the student is excluded from school-level chronic absenteeism rates but is included in the district rate. 

    2022 Rate 

    The percentage of students who were chronically absent in 2022. For the purposes of calculating progress toward targets, this rate represents the percentage of students who missed 10 percent or more of their days in membership in the 2021-2022 school year. 

    2023 Rate 

    The percentage of students who were chronically absent in 2023. This rate represents the percentage of students who missed 10 percent or more of their days in membership in the 2022-2023 school year. 

    Change 

    The change in the chronic absenteeism rate from the prior year to the current year. 

    Target 

    The chronic absenteeism rate target for the group in the current year. 

    The number of enrolled students in the group. A group must have at least 20 students enrolled for data to be reported for this indicator. 

    Points 

    The points awarded to the group for making improvements relative to the group’s own annual target (0, 1, 2, 3, or 4). To be considered on target, a group must earn 3 points. A group that scores above the target is awarded 4 points. 

    Reason 

    A description of the group’s improvement relative to its own annual target: Exceeded Target (4 points); Met Target (3 points); Improved Below Target (2 points); No Change (1 point); or Declined (0 points). 

    High Needs: Calculated based on the number of high-needs students, divided by the adjusted enrollment. A student is high needs if he or she is designated as either low income (prior to 2015, and from 2022 to present), economically disadvantaged (from 2015 to 2021), El/former El, or a student with disabilities. A former El student is a student not currently an El but had been at some point in the four previous academic years.

    data as of: October 1, March 1, End of Year

     

    Low-income (prior to 2015): Indicates the percent of enrollment who meet ANY ONE of the following definitions of Low-income:

    The student is eligible for free or reduced-price lunch; or

    The student receives Transitional Aid to Families benefits; or

    The student is eligible for food stamps

    Group

    2022 Rate (%)

    2023 Rate (%)

    Change

    Target

    N

    Points

    Reason

    All Students

    16.4

    14.8

    -1.6

    15.3

    856

    3

    Met Target

    High needs

    29.6

    30.4

    0.8

    26.5

    306

    0

    Declined

    Low income

    32.6

    35.4

    2.8

    28.4

    212

    0

    Declined

    Students w/ disabilities

    27.2

    25.8

    -1.4

    23.3

    124

    2

    Improved Below Target

    Asian

    12.2

    7.0

    -5.2

    10.3

    115

    4

    Exceeded Target

    Hispanic/Latino

    31.5

    32.1

    0.6

    27.5

    162

    0

    Declined

    White

    13.8

    10.5

    -3.3

    12.4

    532

    4

    Exceeded Target


    Timeline and Measurables:

    Review of the previous year's data for trends

    Parent outreach regarding absenteeism

    Evidence of letters and calls

    Application for DESE grant to reduce chronic absenteeism

    Review of iPass attendance data

    Goal 2

    During the 2023-2024 school year, the superintendent will ensure that the strategic objectives as identified from the Strategic Plan and for the 2023-2024 District Improvement Plan will be fully implemented by June 2024. 

    District Improvement Plan 2023-2024


    Timeline and Measurables:

    Full Implementation of identified strategic objectives as identified and reported to the school committee

    Mid-Year and End of Year reports on progress



    Goal 3

    The superintendent will work collaboratively with the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment and the principal of the David Mindess School, to ensure that the educational plan as approved by the MSBA is implemented throughout the 2023-2024 school year.


    Timeline and Measurables:

    Incorporation of community learning opportunities

    Evidence by principal newsletters, site council meetings, assistant superintendent updates

     

    Goal 4

    During the 2023-2024 school year, under the direction of the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, three sets of learning walks will be utilized in all buildings to ensure consistency of the evaluation process of educators and to calibrate evaluation writing.


    Timeline and Measurables:

     

    • Agenda of learning walks
    • Notes from learning walks
    • Review of evaluations at the end of the year to determine consistency
    • Comparison of evaluations from building to building throughout the year