How should CMS define success?

Sept. 8, 2012

Coding for the CMS videos from the August 2012 meeting that was originally embedded in this article has been moved to the bottom of this article. The old coding may no longer work on your computer.

The CMS Board of Education had an interesting discussion in August in connection with preliminary results from the year’s test results.

The full discussion can be seen below, but it’s nearly two hours. If you have only 13 minutes, click at right.

In the excerpt, District 4 board member Tom Tate expresses frustration that all the data never reliably helps parents assess whether CMS is identifying what it will take to educate every child. Most of the data, in fact, suggests that despite great progress by many students and high achievement by some, it really is not educating every child.

The excerpt concludes with Supt. Heath Morrison’s concurrence and his call to the community both to become more involved in young people’s educations, and to help CMS better define just what “success” would look like.

How do you help? One way that Morrison mentioned in August was by attending and speaking up at the community town hall meetings he is holding as part of his “entry plan.” The upcoming meetings are:

  • Monday, Sept. 17 at 6 p.m. at Harding University High, 2001 Alleghany St.
  • Monday, Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. at Ardrey Kell High, 10220 Ardrey Kell Rd.
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at Hopewell High, 11530 Beatties Ford Rd.
  • Monday, Oct. 29 at 6 p.m. at Vance High, 7600 IBM Dr.
  • Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. at East Meck High, 6800 Monroe Rd.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15 at 6 p.m. at Myers Park High, 2400 Colony Rd.

Send him an e-mail by using this form on the CMS website.

Under discussion in these video excerpts was the annual preliminary “Report on 2011-2012 Student Achievement Results.” The PDF file of the charts of numbers can be downloaded here. The report covers “2011-2012 end-of-year results for end-of-grade reading, math, and science tests; end-of-course tests for Algebra 1, Biology, and English I; cohort graduation; ABC results, AMO results; Pre-K – 8 results, Strategic Staffing, and Title I.”

The full presentation at the Aug. 15 meeting, along with board discussion on the report, is viewable at right.


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