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Day: February 5, 2015

School board struggles to define success

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For the Keizertimes

Academic results were the concern of the Salem-Keizer School Board at a work session Tuesday.

Superintendent Christy Perry advised the board to follow the guidelines known as Carver’s Perspective, which say that anything, to be considered a result, must describe what good, for whom or at what cost.

Board members, while generally satisfied with the results of district goals so far, had some different ideas about setting goals and evaluating student performance.

Urging her colleagues to look at the plans of high school seniors, Vice Chairperson Nancy MacMorris-Adix said their plans should indicate how close the district is to the state’s 40-40-20 goals.

Chairperson Rick Kimball commented that although he was satisfied with the results at the moment, the board needs progress reports.

Chris Brantley observed that there has been feedback from colleges and career schools that “our kids are underprepared.”

Jim Green said he would like information on academic achievement of minority students and those from low-income families.

“We should focus on the dropout rate,” he said.

Green added that there has been no scientific research on the data for the 40-40-20 ratio. Brantley replied, “From what I have read, our goal is the most ambitious in the country.”

Board members agreed that district officials should focus on the means to achieve 40-40-20.