Highlighting these schools and other ASD schools that are changing the odds for students was exhilarating in and of itself. This is why we exist—to partner in the dramatic improvement of Priority schools that have historically failed to give students a fair shot at succeeding. We lean in with higher expectations, accountability, student-centered decision-making, instruction and support services by educators and community partners who are living out families’ goals for their children – justice for every student in their schools and in their lives.
To help empower community members to turn around persistently low-performing schools, these sessions cover the basics of charter schooling and the nuances of the ASD’s neighborhood school focus in a portfolio district. Each session focuses on the knowledge and skills necessary for the effective operation of a turnaround school in the ASD and sessions will culminate in advance of the launch of the ASD’s 2017 Charter Request for Proposals, for schools opening in 2018 and beyond.
Today, following an extensive four-month community input process, the Achievement School District (ASD) announced its 2016-17 school matches. The list includes Caldwell-Guthrie Elementary, Hillcrest High, and Kirby and Raleigh-Egypt middle schools.
Charter operators Scholar Academies and Green Dot Public Schools have been matched with the new ASD schools next year. Both operators are currently partnered with existing neighborhood Priority schools (in the bottom 5%) in Memphis.
Today, Gov. Bill Haslam and state Commissioner of Education Candice McQueen announced Malika Anderson as the new superintendent of the Achievement School District. In a letter to parents, students, teachers, and community members across the state, Anderson writes about her ‘excitement and optimism’ and why she is ready to meet the challenge of her new role.
Five conversion-eligible schools are moving forward to the next stage of the Achievement School District conversion process. Conversations with school communities at Sheffield and Caldwell-Guthrie elementary schools, Kirby and Raleigh-Egypt middle schools, and Hillcrest High School will continue through December when individual Neighborhood Advisory Councils (NACs) will make recommendations about partnerships with ASD-authorized public school operators.
Everything you need to know to stay engaged in the community input process.
ASD Kicks Off New Community Input Process for 6 Memphis Priority Schools Eligible to Join District in 2016
Today the Achievement School District announced a list of six Memphis area Priority Schools eligible to join the ASD next school year. These six school communities will participate in the ASD’s new community input process to determine whether they will join the district in 2016.
Over the past two weeks, I, along with members of the ASD team, had the privilege of talking to communities about the Community Input Process. As guests at meetings held by Stand for Children-Tennessee, Memphis LIFT, and the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), we’ve had the opportunity to talk to students, parents, clergy, and other invested groups about their school choice options.
Someone once said that education is the difference between a relatively happy, healthy life, and a life of constant struggle. But without effective and meaningful reform, the cost of innovation that never takes place in education is incalculable. In education, that cost is in human lives.
Earlier this month the ASD announced its year three results, which showed students in the district outpacing the state in math and science and many schools earning the highest possible growth rating for student achievement (Level 5 TVAAS). Shelby County Schools (SCS) also saw growth in math and science, and cited the ASD as a catalyst for district-wide improvement. “The ASD has created this sense of urgency that may not have been there,” SCS Superintendent Dorsey Hopson said in a recent Chalkbeat article.
But the ASD impact extends beyond Memphis, and it is translating into higher student achievement in Priority schools—those in the bottom 5%—across Tennessee. Before ASD intervention in 2012, the proficiency cut off for Priority schools across the state was 16.7%, meaning fewer than 1 in 6 students attending Priority schools were learning on grade level.