Focus on teaching & learning and student achievement.
Based on 2015 data, Michigan ranks poorly against other states in key academic skills:
4th grade reading 41st
4th grade math 42nd
8th grade reading 31st
8th grade math 38th
TCAPS does not have a district-wide curriculum in all subject areas that ensures consistency across schools/grades.
TCAPS does not have a comprehensive strategic plan focused on continual improvement in our levels of achievement. Nor are there clear improvement goals.
We are committed to focusing on student achievement by establishing clear and high expectations at every level.
As a district, we need to reset our focus on student achievement and raise our expectations for excellence. Every single one of our sports teams strives to be best in the state—we believe we should be striving for that same goal academically. Our graduates should be well-prepared to enter the college or career path of their choice. This requires having, at minimum, a strategic plan plus a robust and comprehensive curriculum in every subject at every grade level that is in alignment with state standards and benchmarks. Our teachers and building administrators deserve every possible support our district can muster to ensure their success in helping every student reach their potential.
Why are we committed?
Preparing students to achieve their future goals and to be contributors to our local and global communities is the mission of public K-12 education. This includes making sure that students are proficient in important academic and life skills that will support them in their college, career and life experiences. We believe that TCAPS should provide an education on par with the best schools in the state and the nation, to equip our children to be successful in an increasingly global and dynamic world. This starts from setting high achievement expectations articulated in a strategic plan, building a curriculum aligned to standards, and then holding ourselves accountable to our students and the broader TCAPS community.
How are other districts making a difference?
One example is Knox County Schools in Tennessee, which decided to create a 5-year strategic plan to guide the district in support of a shared vision and set of goals. It developed this strategic plan with input from educational leaders and the broader community to create a blueprint for the decisions of the school board and district leaders over the next five years, and to define benchmarks for district success. The district is now on its third strategic plan for 2018-2021 and makes the goals and progress toward goals available on its website. To learn more, check out their strategic plan website https://www.knoxschools.org/domain/1105.
What actions will we take in TCAPS?