What will it be?

New­ton Co. School Board Sys­tem sub­mits pa­per­work, to let the state know what type of sys­tem it will be

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - MARTIN RAND III news@cov­news.com

What kind of school sys­tem will New­ton County be in the next five years?

That was the im­plied ques­tion that was posed to the New­ton County School Board (BOE) by New­ton County School Sys­tem Su­per­in­ten­dent Sa­man­tha Fuhrey dur­ing the board’s Tues­day night work ses­sion.

Un­der Ge­or­gia law, each lo­cal school sys­tem has to sub­mit pa­per­work to the Ge­or­gia Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion (GDOE) let­ting the agency know what type of school sys­tem it wants to be in the fu­ture.

This mul­ti­ple choice test comes with three op­tions to choose from:

• In­vest­ing in Ed­u­ca­tion Ex­cel­lence Flex­i­bil­ity Model (IE²) • Char­ter School Sys­tem • Sta­tus Quo Sys­tem

Fuhrey ex­plained to the board that the IE² op­tion was the best model to choose. It en­sures that school-level stu­dent achieve­ment goals are suf­fi­ciently rig­or­ous to war­rant grant­ing the gov­er­nance flex­i­bil­ity re­quested by the lo­cal school dis­trict, ac­cord­ing to school doc­u­ments.

The dead­line to no­tify the GDOE is June 30.

Un­der the IE² model, stu­dents will be ex­pected to achieve at least a 3 per­cent in­crease from the dif­fer­ence in Col­lege and Ca­reer Ready Per­for­mance In­dex (CCRPI) scores from the ini­tial year the pro­gram was im­ple­mented and 100.

The pro­gram has per­for­mance con­tracts that last five years, and stu­dents will have to hit this mark at least three times within that span to meet the stan­dard. The im­prove­ment doesn’t have to be in con­sec­u­tive years, says Fuhrey.

“It can be year 1, year 3, year 5. They don’t have to do it ev­ery sin­gle year,” she told the board. “Although, that would ab­so­lutely be our goal as a school sys­tem un­der this model.”

Fuhrey ex­plained the cal­cu­la­tion that will be used to de­ter­mine achieve­ment in this model by say­ing if the base­line score for the ini­tial CCRPI year was 70 per­cent, then 70 would be sub­tracted from 100, giv­ing a dif­fer­ence of 30 per­cent.

Three-per­cent of 30 is .9 per­cent. This .9 per­cent would be added to the base­line CCRPI score and sub­se­quent scores to project the tar­get marks for the school sys­tem. So, the tar­gets in this ex­am­ple would be: 70.9 per­cent for year 1, 71.8 for year 2, 72.7 for year 3, 73.6 for year 4 and 74.5 for year 5.

Since the state is tran­si­tion­ing to new stan­dard­ized testing next school year, Fuhrey says the 20152016 year will be the base­line scores, with im­prove­ment ex­pected in the 2016-2017 school year.

Schools not meet­ing the CCRPI tar­get mat be re­quired to de­velop school im­prove­ment plans to ad­dress spe­cific aca­demic de­fi­cien­cies or de­velop a joint plan with di­rect school man­age­ment sup­port and in­ten­sive teacher/leader devel­op­ment.

At the end of the five-year agree­ment, if a school hasn’t met per­for­mance re­quire­ments, then Gover­nor’s Of­fice of Stu­dent Achieve­ment (GOSA) will rec­om­mend con­se­quences to the state board, in­clud­ing pro­ba­tion, re­me­dial ac­tion plans, con­ver­sion to a char­ter school, op­er­a­tion by a suc­cess­ful school sys­tem/ school op­er­a­tor or re­view of ad­di­tional sys­tem de­vel­oped rec­om­men­da­tions.

How­ever, school sys­tems can get a “sec­ond look,” which means if the sys­tem is determined to be “beat­ing the odds” through an anal­y­sis that com­pares the schools with schools of sim­i­lar de­mo­graph­ics, it will be con­sider the same as meet­ing the yearly per­for­mance tar­get.

The char­ter school model is sim­i­lar to the IE model in that it re­quires a five-year con­tract, but this sys­tem will fo­cus on im­prov­ing stu­dent per­for­mance by im­ple­ment­ing and max­i­miz­ing school level gov­er­nance.

The sta­tus quo op­tion doesn’t al­low for school flex­i­bil­ity, comes with no per­for­mance con­tract and doesn’t al­low fi­nan­cial waivers.

BOE Mem­ber Ed­die John­son, Dis­trict 2, asked Fuhrey was it pos­si­ble to pick the sta­tus quo sys­tem and then changed to an­other model soon af­ter.

“I don’t know if you have to ab­so­lutely wait un­til the end of the five year cy­cle, but the con­tract is for five years,” an­swered Fuhrey. “I haven’t seen or heard of any­one at this point where they have se­lected an op­tion and then... opted to make the ad­just­ment.”

John­son re­sponded by say­ing that he thinks the law mak­ers are try­ing “to de­stroy public ed­u­ca­tion as we know it.”

“We do a pretty good job in our school sys­tem, but if we are go­ing to ac­com­plish our bud­get ob­jec­tives, we can­not af­ford to not have the waivers that we cur­rently have and that’s just the re­al­ity,” said Fuhrey.

The BOE will vote on this is­sue at their vot­ing meet­ing Tues­day, April 21, at the New­ton County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion build­ing, 2109 New­ton Drive, Cov­ing­ton at 7 p.m.

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