The Board of Education recently approved a system for monitoring progress on the plan.
AVID – Advancement Via Individual Determination – a program that identifies capable students in the academic middle, whose parents did not complete college, and gives them support to go on to post-secondary education. With the start of the 2012-2013 school year the AVID program was expanded to all 11 MMSD middle schools.
Recruiting for Diversity – By analyzing previous successes the Human Resources Department has refined its recruitment efforts to focus on the geographic areas of the U.S. most likely to yield a greater number of applicants. MMSD staff members of color were surveyed and interviewed to collect information and ideas for attracting potential candidates and removing obstacles to hiring. Recruitment materials are being revised to better reflect the interests and needs of diverse candidates.
Family Involvement – A fully staffed Equity and Family Involvement Department will launch new structures to ensure equitable parent voice across the District with attendance area Parent Task Forces and programs to build leadership and advocacy skills in parents.
In February 2012 the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) released its proposed plan to address longstanding gaps in achievement between sub-groups of students, in particular, students of color and students from low income households. In the spring of 2012, after significant input from the community, and revisions to the proposal, the Madison Board of Education approved a $4.7 million plan.
Now, just six months later, significant initiatives to positively impact student achievement are either underway or scheduled to begin. Some of the programs funded in the plan include:
- Literacy Teachers and Supplies
- Summer School Expansion
- Staff to Draft Plan for Career Academies
- College Test Preparation and Test Participation
- Expansion of AVID College Prep
- Positive Behavior Support Teachers and Curriculum
- Family Engagement Staff and Programs
- Culturally Relevant Model School
- Drop Out Recovery
- Restorative Justice Program
- Early Warning Student Data Tracking
- Staff Diversity Training
- Recruitment and Retention for Diversity
Work on the plan is infused in nearly every department of the MMSD. Each approved program has a set of accountability measures and reporting requirements as called for by the Board of Education.
Recently members of the Student Achievement and Performance Monitoring Committee approved a system for monitoring progress on the accountability requirements for the Achievement Gap Plan.
The community helped to craft a plan that zeroed in on the areas that will have the greatest positive impact on closing gaps within our student population. Summaries of community input and the final plan in detail are available here.