Madison School District Presents Plans to Close Achievement Gaps

District Asks for Community Input on Initial Plan

Superintendent Dan Nerad presented the Madison School District’s plan to build the future of the District and close the achievement gaps for low-income and minority students at a special meeting of the Board of Education on Monday.

“Today I present a call to action to our staff, our families, and our community as we move into this next phase of our transformation,” Superintendent Dan Nerad said. “Madison is a city with the opportunities and supports that put young people firmly on the path to educational and professional success. We are known for our National Merit Finalists, our high numbers of perfect ACT and SAT scores and our Advanced Placement participation. But, that is not the experience of all of our students. We are also known for our unacceptable racial disparities in our public schools.

“These untenable disparities have institutional and community roots in our district. We know this. We’re listening. And together with our community, we intend to change it.”

The District will provide opportunities for community input over the next two months, and will use that input to revise and refine the plan. More information and a full calendar of community input sessions is listed below.

“This initial plan is the first step in our journey together. Join us in fleshing out this framework and improving this plan,” Nerad said. “We know we have a lot of work ahead of us, and I hope the community will join us in this process.”
The District’s plan to build the future is attached here and available at mmsd.org/thefuture.

Community Input Sessions

All sessions are from 6:30 to 8:30p.m.

Feb. 21              
Parent information and input session at West High School                                                                                                     
Feb. 28Information and Input Session at Urban League of Greater Madison
Feb. 29Parent information and input session at La Follette High School
March 1Parent information and input session at Memorial High School
March 6Parent information and input session at East High School
March 7Information and Input Session at Bridge Lakepoint Waunona Neighborhood Center
March 8Information and Input Session at Lussier Education Center (Gammon Rd.)
March 14Community Conversation on the Plan for “Building Our Future” at CUNA Mutual
March 27Information and Input Session at East Madison Community Center (Straubel Ct.)