Progress Update: Status of City Schools Graduating Seniors HSA & Bridge Project Update Presented to Baltimore City Council on April 23, 2009 Presented By: Tisha Edwards, Interim Chief of Staff Roger Shaw, Executive Director of Secondary Schools 200 E. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224
Prior to SY 2008-2009, City Schools students were not required to meet the State’s HSA graduation requirement, where test scores are now linked to the diploma.
Although the State included the new HSA graduation requirement, the City Schools has responded positively. This year, the City Schools projects graduation rates at or above historical trends, thereby increasing the value of a Baltimore City diploma and increasing student achievement.
Interventions “ Baltimore City schools has implemented a focused and comprehensive plan to ensure that all seniors meet the new HSA graduation requirement either by re-testing or by completing the required number of Bridge Projects. Baltimore City’s success in achieving this goal stands as a model for all school districts in Maryland.” -SCOTT PFEIFER, DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCTIONAL ASSESSMENT, MSDE
In January 2009, the State passed regulations allowing for a limited HSA waiver process for students demonstrating extraordinary circumstances.
To monitor the granting of HSA waivers and to maintain integrity in the high expectations of students, the City Schools created an online, real-time Graduation Tracking Application (seen to the right), which allows schools to monitor seniors’ progress towards graduation.
As a result of this process, the City Schools anticipates that only 129 waivers will be reviewed by the CEO.
HSA Waiver Forecasts Details about the potential HSA waiver students:
In the last few months of the school year, the City Schools central office is increasing focus on and support for schools with the highest percentage of students who have “Not Yet Met” HSA requirements. City Schools is ensuring that schools are diligently overseeing successful Bridge Project programs, and schools are preparing these students for the April administration of the HSA for seniors.
Next year an increased experience with the new HSA requirements will allow the City Schools to springboard on a proactive approach to progressing students towards on-time graduation:
City Schools is setting up a Summer Bridge program for current 11 th graders who are the most at-risk of not meeting HSA through outright passage or a cumulative 1604 HSA score. These students will be targeted for personal invitations to the Summer Bridge program.
Schools will have operational Bridge Project programs in place so that certified teacher-graders will be able to review Bridge projects faster and at greater scale.
The new Network Support organizational structure will allow the City Schools to provide faster and more efficient interventions for schools in which high proportions of students are struggling to meet the HSA requirement. The structure will also allow for greater collaboration and sharing of best-practices between all high schools.
Questions & Comments Progress Update: Status of City Schools Graduating Seniors HSA & Bridge Project Update Presented to Baltimore City Council Presented By: Tisha Edwards, Interim Chief of Staff Roger Shaw, Executive Director of Secondary Schools 200 E. North Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224