Philadelphia Great Schools Compact Update- Sept. 18, 2013
October 17, 2013
The meeting began by welcoming the newest member of the compact David Volkman. Volkman, the new representative from the Pennsylvania Department of Education, is the Chief of Staff to the Acting Secretary of Education Carolyn Dumaresq.
Common Core/Shared Services
An update was given regarding the Shared Services and Common Core work streams. Regarding Common Core, 30 schools signed the initial Letter of Intent for Acuity with 17 taking full advantage of the offering thus far. Also, to move forward with Phase 1 of the ANet work, 10 schools—across sectors—have to be chosen to participate in year one pilot program. In addition to the pilot group, 10 more schools would have to be chosen to participate in the ANet training. A date and location must also be set for the training.
A partnership was also reached with Chester County’s IU to allow Philadelphia schools to purchase products at a discounted rate through their consortium.
An update was given for the Accountability work stream. An outline was given for how the new system will analyze current performance and allow for projection models of future performance. Revisions to SPI and the new state performance index were also discussed.
Since the Compact Committee has decided not to move forward with UE this year, the Compact has agreed to endorse a common application for the District, with a similar template for charters and the Archdiocese. This will happen in conjunction with the continued development of the universal enrollment system. The Committee has tasked the Working Group with beginning the process by weighing the governance and operational structures of the office.