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042109 Final City Council Hearing Graduation Status Presentation (4) (2003 Pp Version)

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. Historical Foundation
    • 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.
  • 3. Introduction
    • Graduation of all students is the number one priority of Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools). The City Schools provides multiple ways for all seniors to achieve on-time graduation.
    • To earn a Baltimore City diploma, students must:
      • Earn at least 21 credits, which must include specific courses.
      • Earn at least 75 service learning hours.
      • Meet the State’s HSA requirement either by:
        • Passing all 4 HSA subject area assessments.
        • Earning a cumulative score above 1602.
        • Meeting the requirements of the Bridge Project Plan.
        • Apply for and have CEO grant an HSA waiver.
  • 4. Introduction
    • The percentage of 12 th graders meeting the HSA requirements has increased from 60% of students at the beginning of this school year to 81% by the end of March.
    • To address this pressing concern, the City Schools allocated significant resources to:
      • Monitor the success of the Bridge Project Plan throughout the district.
      • Provide credit and HSA interventions through the CAROI Afterschool and Saturday School Program, including the use of computer-based learning and peer tutoring.
      • Create a consistent and meaningful HSA waiver process.
  • 5. Results & Status of Graduation
    • The results show that most City Schools seniors are on track to graduate on-time at the end of this school year.
    • The presentation provides the following information:
      • HSA passage rates by content area.
      • HSA passage rates by special education students.
      • Updates on the City’s Bridge Project Plan.
      • An outline of the City’s HSA Waiver process.
      • An overview of the state of graduation for the City’s seniors.
  • 6. HSA Trend Data by Content and Student Type
  • 7. N=4170
  • 8. N=390
  • 9. 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
  • 10. Bridge Project Successes
    • The district has an overall Bridge Project pass rate of 87% across all 4 content areas (see specific passage rates below).
    • Special education students have an overall pass rate of 87%.
    • Limited English Proficient students have an overall pass rate of 85%.
    • City Schools hosted a Spring Break Bridge session for students to complete project over the Spring Break. Over 500 projects were completed during the sessions.
    Algebra Biology English Government All Projects % Accept # Accept # Submit % Accept # Accept # Submit % Accept # Accept # Submit % Accept # Accept # Submit % Accept # Accept # Submit All City Schools 95% 1609 1687 93% 1193 1276 80% 998 1253 76% 737 967 87% 4,537 5,193 Students Receiving Special Education Services % Accept # Accept # Submit Special Education 87% 1610 1854 Limited English Proficient 85% 61 72
  • 11. HSA Waiver Process
    • 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.
  • 12. HSA Waiver Forecasts Details about the potential HSA waiver students:
  • 13. Current Status of Senior Graduation
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  • 16. Next Steps
  • 17. City Schools Next Steps
    • 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.
  • 18. 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