According to the agenda for the Board of Education meeting on November 20, 2006:
It is recommended that the Board approve the 2006-07 goals for the Superintendent that require the Superintendent to:
a. Initiate and complete a comprehensive, independent and neutral review and assessment of the District’s K-12 math curriculum.
- The review and assessment shall be undertaken by a task force whose members are appointed by the Superintendent and approved by the BOE. Members of the task force shall have math and math education expertise and represent a variety of perspectives regarding math education.
- The task force shall prepare and present to the BOE a preliminary outline of the review and assessment to be undertaken by the task force. The outline shall, at a minimum, include:
- analysis of math achievement data for MMSD K-12 students, including analysis of all math sub-tests scores disaggregated by student characteristics and schools;
- analysis of performance expectations for MMSD K-12 students;
- an overview of math curricula, including MMSD’s math curriculum;
- a discussion of how to improve MMSD student achievement; and
- recommendations on measures to evaluate the effectiveness of MMSD’s math curriculum. The task force is to present the preliminary outline and a timeline to the BOE for comment and approval.
- The task force is to prepare a written draft of the review and
assessment, consistent with the approved preliminary outline. The draft is to be presented to the BOE for review and comment.
- The task force is to prepare the final report on the review and assessment.
b. Develop in collaboration with the Board and external advisors, a plan for the District to communicate to the community why parents or guardians should send their children to MMSD schools. Specific tasks include
- determining what parents and guardians consider important in selecting schools;
- determining whether and how MMSD schools provide what parents and guardians consider important in selecting schools;
- using the information gained from parents and guardians, developing a vision of what MMSD should be in the future; and
- developing a communications plan to promote MMSD schools and why parents or guardians should send their children to them. Timeframe to develop: 6 months.
c. Provide information to the Board in a clear, accurate, complete yet concise, and timely manner. The Board will evaluate progress on this goal through the use of a rating sheet for Board members to give periodic feed-back on the information they receive from the administration. Information provided to the Board shall be rated for timeliness, accuracy, organization and presentation.
d. Implement the Administrative Intern Professional Development Program. Program participants should be selected by the 4th quarter of this year. Special attention will be given to the recruitment of people of color and other historically under-represented groups in administrative positions in all employment categories of the District. (principals, building services, etc.) A report on the program shall be provided to the BOE at least annually.