MINNEAPOLIS (Aug. 13, 2014) — Dr. Bernadeia Johnson, superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS), and her staff on Tuesday presented the school district’s proposed six-year strategic plan to the Minneapolis Board of Education at its regular meeting.
Called Acceleration 2020, the plan outlines six assertive goal areas aimed at accelerating student achievement in MPS.
“We share a dream with every student and family when each child enters our schools – that he or she graduates ready for college and career with 21st century skills,” said Johnson. “It’s time to restore that dream, along with the power and hope that education can provide. In the six years since our previous strategic plan was developed, we have learned much about what’s working and what’s not. As we renew our strategic planning process for another six years, it’s time to act faster on what we’ve been tracking, so that every child benefits — from those on the wrong side of the achievement gap to the gifted.”
Johnson outlined the key elements of the plan, highlighting efforts funded in MPS’ budget for fiscal year 2015 (FY15).
• Some important academic program adjustments were made in the winter of 2014, including Spring Break Academy, a program to reduce the learning gap and accelerate academic progress during the school holiday; stronger enrollment pathways for neighborhoods; and new policies focused on behavior standards.
• Others are launching this fall, including shifting of significant funds to schools, the newly created Office of Black Male Student Achievement, and new support for advanced learner and English language education programs.
• Beginning in 2015-16, student-based allocation will ensure better predictability and transparency in funding, while schools will receive resources based on the needs of their unique student populations.
• A rigorous scorecard will monitor and adjust in near real-time for success.
Johnson and MPS are championing “5/8/10” as a rally cry, representing three high-level annual indicators of student success over the next six years:
• 5 percent annual increase in students meeting or exceeding state standards in reading and math
• 8 percent annual increase for students of color on this metric
• 10 percent annual increase in the four-year graduation rate
Acceleration 2020 builds on planning efforts implemented in 2007, which launched substantial new tracking and measurement of a wide range of academic and performance indicators within the school district.
The school board is scheduled to vote on Acceleration 2020 at its next meeting on Sept. 9. For more information, visit www.mpls.k12.mn.us/strategic_plan.
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