Review of technology in SWNI-area schools
We are collecting information about technology resources and equity in our SWNI-area schools and planning the Techquity Fair in the Fall. Because of added funding from PPS, schools are able to increase the number of computers available to teachers and students, and to use in online testing. Results of our review should be coming out in May. We also need to raise $560 more to make up for the short-funding of our small grant application.
Testing, testing ...
Students at all schools are in the midst of the first year of Smarter Balanced tests, which replaced the old OAKS tests. Despite all the controversy, no one yet knows for sure what the result will be, or how many opted out of the tests altogether. These tests are linked to the new Common Core State Standards, the nationwide standards for English Language Arts and Math. While the standards are generally seen as an improvement, the testing, and its consequences for schools and students, are widely questioned. We’ll know more by the end of the year.
Boundary Review Update
There is now a schedule for changes to school boundaries posted on the PPS website. A Growth, Values and Equity Survey is being done this month, and there will be a framework and policy change draft coming in June. Boundary changes for SWNI-area schools will begin to be discussed later in the year, and put into effect in a later school year, possibly 2016-17. If the experience so far with enrollment and transfer policy is any indication, the changes will come later rather than sooner, and our citizen input will be key to making them as fair as possible. For more, go to our swni.org/schools website and click on the Enrollment and Boundary Review link at the left side of the screen.
Successful Schools Survey
Survey ended March 6, with no results released yet. We will post findings on our web page and in email bulletins as we get them. The survey was available to 5th, 7th and 10th grade students, PPS staff and PPS families of all students at all grade levels, in English, Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Russian and Vietnamese. Not sure how many took it. The goal was about 40% participation, but we believe it was half that or less.
Last Meeting of the School Year: Thursday, May 21, 2015, 7 to 9 PM at Room 4, Multnomah Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy at 31st.