Problem Analysis Overhead

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Problem Analysis Overhead

  1. 1. Scenario A Empirical: The average SAT Discrepancy: 55 points Problems: score at DHS is 1463, but the 1. The SAT preparation course state average for our DFG is offered currently offered to 1518. our students is content knowledge based and not skills knowledge based. 2. The current grade 10 and 11 Language Arts and Mathematics curricula are weak in the area of SAT preparation. 3. Our school culture does not encourage students to take the SAT. 4. Students who do sit for the SAT are not taking advantage of outside SAT preparation programs (i.e. Kaplan, Princeton Review) resulting in fewer SAT practice test opportunities. Normative: We prefer that Probable Solutions: the average SAT score for our 1. Revise the SAT Preparation school be closer to our DFG’s course to reflect the skills average. needed to score well on the SAT. 2. Revise the current grade 10 and 11 Language Arts and Mathematics curricula to include SAT preparation skills and strategies. Preferred Solution: Invite a respected, researched based SAT preparation program to come into our school and offer an SAT preparation program to our students at a discounted rate while they also train our Language Arts and Mathematics departments in SAT test taking strategies and teaching these strategies within our curricula.
  2. 2. Scenario B Empirical: The total number Discrepancy: 77.47% Problems: of students registered in AP 1. The AP exam is too costly for courses is 71, but only 16 of students who wish to take the these students took an AP exam and the district does not exam. cover the cost of the AP exam for our students. 2. The students who do not take an AP exam say there is no need to since their grade point average is weighted for each AP class anyway. 3. Students fear earning a low score on the AP exam. Normative: All of our Probable Solutions: students taking an AP class 1. Remove the extra weight an should take the AP exam. AP course adds, unless a student sits for the AP exam. 2. Require that all students who register for an AP class take the AP exam for that course. 3. Move away from the AP course and move toward the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Preferred Solution: Have the school district pay for each AP exam and require that students who take an AP course, take the AP exam for that course.

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