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2800 - Achievement Schools

The Board and Superintendent are committed to ensuring all students have equitable access to a high-quality education. 

Definition
Achievement Schools is a researched-based, district approach for interrupting systemic barriers to equity in order to achieve equal outcomes for students. It is an intentional focused system of support that will allow the district to remove barriers to success or failure of individual schools and students based on any aspect of one’s circumstances. It is an equity-focused strategy for distributing resources that will support the unique challenges faced by the schools.

A school may be designated an Achievement School by the Superintendent.

Criteria

Elementary and Middle Schools

Schools that meet any or all of the following criteria will receive the strategic supports put in place for membership in the Achievement Schools.

  • State Rule 6A - 1.099811: Differentiated Accountability State System of School Improvement
  • A second school grade of "D” or "F”
  • First year of "C” grade or better after receiving a grade of D or F

High Schools
Schools that meet all of the following criteria will receive the strategic supports put in place for membership in the Achievement Schools.

  • State Rule 6A - 1.099811: Differentiated Accountability State System of School Improvement
  • A second school grade of "D” or "F”
  • First year of "C” grade or better after receiving a grade of D or F
  • Three consecutive grades of "C” or lower, free reduced lunch greater than 75% and a graduation rate below 85%

Each school will be placed in Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 (most intensive) based on data. Basic factors for consideration are:

  • Tier 1 - Schools with a first grade of "D” following a grade of "C.” These schools fall into the Comprehensive Support and Improvement category of Florida’s Differentiated Accountability system. Schools exiting the Differentiated Accountability system may remain in Tier 1 for two consecutive years or as designated by the Superintendent.
  • Tier 2 - Schools with two consecutive grades below "C” or one school grade of "F.” These schools fall into the Comprehensive Support and Improvement category of Florida’s Differentiated Accountability system and are entering year 1 of a Turnaround Option Plan.
  • Tier 3 - Schools defined by the state as persistently low-performing due to at least three consecutive school grades below "C.” These schools fall into the Comprehensive Support and Improvement category of Florida’s Differentiated Accountability system and are entering year 2 (or beyond) of a Turnaround Option Plan.

An Achievement School will continue to receive tiered support until the school shows three years of sustained success of a grade "C” or higher.

Strategic Support
Strategic support priority will be given to Achievement Schools around culture, human capital, instruction, leadership and operations. The district will redirect existing dollars using an equitable distribution to support Achievement School initiatives.

Staffing at Achievement Schools is paramount to ensuring success.  Achievement Schools shall be exempt from hiring freezes. The Superintendent shall ensure core instructional units are fully staffed with effective or highly-effective staff. Achievement Schools will also be fully staffed with effective or highly-effective instructional coaches and student services staff and allocations will be based on need not formula. When appointing an Achievement School principal, the Superintendent shall place the highest priority on ensuring that the principal has a successful record and the qualifications to support the student population being served. Staff at Achievement Schools shall be given priority for planning and professional development and receive incentive pay based on tier.

The physical environment of Achievement Schools is important.  The Superintendent shall identify resources to ensure Achievement Schools are properly equipped and maintained.

Achievement Schools shall be monitored on a regular basis to ensure success.  Achievement Schools will be reviewed to assess the progress being made on improving the identified benchmarks.

The Superintendent will direct staff to promulgate procedures related to this policy.

F.S. 1001.41,1002.333, 1008.33, 1012.2315
F.A.C. 6A - 1.099811
Adopted March 7, 2017
Revised January 15, 2019

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