Philadelphia Great Schools Compact update #8 from the Compact Committee
April 02, 2012
1. The School District gave an update on the School Performance Index (SPI) appeals process, in response to concerns raised by charter schools regarding the latest SPI scores:
a. Schools for which there are no parent or student surveys will receive an “N/A” for those items, a change that will alter the denominator used in calculating an overall SPI score. Several schools’ scores will be affected by the recalculation. Schools that take the ACT over the SAT will receive consideration for the former assessment, and scores will be recalculated.
b. All charter schools will receive a communication from the District updating them on pending changes.
2. Three working groups provided progress updates:
a. Talent Development — representatives from both the District and charter school communities discussed talent recruitment strategies, most specifically how to best attract and nurture school leaders.
b. Shared Services — presented concepts for a shared-services agency that would provide services to all types of schools. Three visions for the entity include: 1. Heart of leadership development and instructional support for schools in the city. 2. Provider of choice on a range of services with an expressed emphasis on collaboration. 3. Access to economies of scale for all sizes of schools.
c. Facilities — A facilities survey has been sent to all charter schools. Philadelphia School Partnership (PSP) is reaching out to the charter schools that have yet to respond to the facilities survey in hopes of increasing response by the deadline (3/16/12); final results will be shared with the Committee at the next meeting. The District is close to finalizing a RFP for the sale of ten district-owned buildings that are on the commercial market.
3. The Archdiocese is considering joining the Great Schools Compact. (update note: Since the March 14 meeting, the Archdiocese has joined the Compact)
The Great Schools Compact is a joint commitment of school providers and education leaders to ensure that policies, strategies and resources align to a common goal of providing a high-performing school option for every child.
The Compact is signed by The School District of Philadelphia, The Pennsylvania Coalition of Charter Schools, Philadelphia Charters for Excellence, the Mayor’s Office of Education, and the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a commitment to share responsibility and work together to expand high-quality K-12 school options and dramatically reduce the number of chronically underperforming schools by 2016-17. Please click here to review the Great Schools Compact.
The Philadelphia School Partnership serves as the facilitator of the Compact Committee. The committee was established to oversee implementation of the Compact tenants and action plan, adhering to a results-driven timeline. The committee is comprised of eight voting and two non-voting members. Voting members include:
- Lawrence Jones, CEO of Richard Allen Preparatory Charter School
- Dr. Naomi Johnson-Booker, CEO of Global Leadership Academy
- David Rossi, CEO of Nueva Esperanza Academy
- Dr. Leroy Nunery, Special Advisor, School District of Philadelphia
- Pedro Ramos, Chairman of the School Reform Commission
- Joe Dworetzky, Commissioner, School Reform Commission
- Dr. Lori Shorr, Chief Education Officer, Mayor’s Office for Education
- Michael Wilson, Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education
Nonvoting members include:
- Scott Gordon, CEO of Mastery Charter Schools
- Mark Gleason, Executive Director of the Philadelphia School Partnership
- Penny Nixon, Chief Academic Officer, School District of Philadelphia