Task Force Issues Recommendations For Improving Graduation Rates
The Graduation Task Force, which was formed by Superintendent Jorge Aguilar on the first day of school to address the issue of declining graduation rates in Sacramento City Unified, presented its preliminary recommendations for improvement at Thursday evening’s Board of Education meeting.
The theme of the recommendations include:
- Building consistent structures and routines;
- Creating monitoring systems to ensure fidelity of implementation;
- Continuously assessing what works and what does not;
- Sharing responsibility for student outcomes and;
- Aligning professional learning to accelerate student achievement with appropriate accountability indicators and sufficient support to meet established targets.
“This task force represents where we want to go as a district,” said Gretchen Viglione, a member of the Task Force and district coordinator for the Parent Teacher Home Visit Project. Viglione spoke during public comment on the item and added, “We are a school district where every child and every student is given the opportunity to be successful. This Task Force embodies this spirit.”
The Task Force will continue meeting through Spring 2018 to complete additional research. The district will be launching a work team to analyze and operationalize the recommendations and the costs estimated with implementing them. These recommendations will be further vetted by the Board during the budget process next year with a strong focus on which recommendations can best ensure every student has an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options.
To stay updated on the latest Graduation Task Force developments, visit this website: www.scusd.edu/graduation-task-force.