High quality public charter operators authorized by the Achievement School District (ASD) will serve roughly 3,000 more students next year. Following a school matching process to carefully weigh data and listen to parents, the ASD decided today to add one new school in Nashville and six in Memphis, bringing the total number of ASD schools in 2015-16 to 30, serving nearly 10,000 total students.
The Achievement Advisory Council (AAC), a volunteer group of 24 community leaders from all across Memphis, just presented their recommendations on which ASD-eligible Priority schools should be matched with ASD-authorized public charter operators for the 2015-16 school year. The AAC’s recommendations were shaped from conversations, surveys, meetings, and phone calls with hundreds of parents, teachers, and community members.
Today the Achievement School District (ASD), working in partnership with Metro-Nashville Public Schools (MNPS), announced two new Nashville-area Priority schools being considered for the ASD next school year: Neely’s Bend Middle School and Madison Middle School. The Nashville school selected to join the ASD will be run by LEAD Public Schools, a successful local public charter operator authorized by the ASD after a rigorous application and replication process.
Green Dot Public Schools focusing on building community ties, not matching with Raleigh-Egypt High School
Green Dot Public Schools, the public charter operator interested in matching with Raleigh-Egypt High School, has decided not to match with Raleigh-Egypt High as part of this year’s process. Green Dot is honoring the Raleigh-Egypt community’s request to wait a year and is planning to strengthen its ties with the Memphis community while they focus on their other two schools in Memphis.
Every student deserves a great education, and here at the ASD we know that there is not a moment to waste in our efforts to move the bottom 5% of schools to the top 25%. While we feel an incredible sense of urgency, we know that we must also be intentional in our work to provide excellent school options to every student. Balancing these two, sometimes competing, demands can be challenging. For that reason, we must move both quickly and carefully, ensuring that our attention to speed does not mean a sacrifice in quality.
Three weeks ago we launched three charter Requests for Proposals for schools opening in 2015 and beyond. In the time since, we have been contacted by numerous individuals and groups interested in joining us in meeting the needs of students across Tennessee. We are excited about the energy and enthusiasm going into this year’s authorization process and look forward to receiving excellent proposals in the months to come.
Today we are excited to release three charter Requests for Proposals! With this year’s process comes a focus on specific needs not addressed by our current turnaround options. The RFPs will narrow the focus of the 2015 authorization process to alternative programs, innovative models, and specific grade-divisions needed in the neighborhoods we serve across Tennessee. Applicants who choose to move forward in this process must meet our high quality bar and also meet one of these three needs, and in exchange will be provided the opportunity to lead the way and create powerful “proof points” for what is possible for all students in Tennessee.
As we launch into the New Year we look forward to welcoming new charter partners that will help us realize our mission of bringing schools from the bottom 5% to the top 25% in the state in five years. The process for finding these partners—the Achievement School District (ASD) authorization process—will officially launch on February 3rd. Here’s a sneak peak at what’s to come.
Last month we announced three exciting changes to the Achievement School District (ASD) charter authorization process for the 2015-16 school year. The first two, a more narrow focus and an extended window for operators to submit their proposal, are to ensure that we receive high-quality applications that are tailored to meet the specific needs of the students and communities we serve.
Last week we reached a critical milestone—announcing school matches for the 2014 school year. Over the next seven months the Achievement School District and our charter partners will work with families, faculty and staff to design, plan, and create the best possible school for the students joining the ASD next year.