If you couldn’t make the State of the School address on April 13th, here are some important notes that were shared about our charter renewal:
- Student Milestones test performance is now the key academic benchmark in our charter.
- MAP testing is no longer required by the state for our charter, but we will continue using it for benchmarking student progress and adjusting instruction.
- We will be incorporating new diversity goals within our student, board and staff populations. Based on direction from our county and state charter authorizers and with the full support of the board, these goals include:
Board of Directors Composition: The board will elect at least two new socio-demographically diverse members by the end of the charter term.
School Faculty and Staff Composition: During each year of the charter term, at least 30% of the charter school’s newly hired staff will have experience working within the school’s defined community or a community with similar socio-demographic diversity.
Student Composition: During each year of the charter term (or until the school is within 10% of the DeKalb County School District average), the school will increase the total percentage of economically disadvantaged students by at least 4%.
- Our current attendance zone will remain the same, as long as we meet the diversity goals within the charter. If we fail to meet these goals in any year, our primary attendance zone will expand to the entire DeKalb County School district the following year.
- Staff, sibling and board member lottery preferences will remain in place.
- In order to meet our student diversity goal, we will use a new weighted lottery which will give additional weight to applicants who qualify as economically disadvantaged.