First School Quality Working Group Meeting Tomorrow Night
One of the key recommendations by the EAC was the formation of a committee to look at quality in BPS schools going forward. Superintendent Johnson agreed to this and the School Quality Working Group (should we pronounce it squig?) will have its first meeting tomorrow at 6pm at City Hall, room 801. The group will be chaired by Hardin Coleman who is dean of the BU school of Education and was co-chair of the EAC and by Meg Campbell who is a School Committee member and Director of the Codman Academy charter school.
I have been asked to serve on the committee, but I don't know who else (other than the chairs) is on the group. I have been told that, initially, the group will be working on a quality definition and benchmarks.
I'd very much like feedback from readers on how we should be defining and measuring quality in our schools. The EAC came up with what I thought was a pretty good definition of quality, but most of the items in their definition couldn't be measured using available data. What would you add to their list and how would you measure these factors? BPS used their "MCAS snapshot" as a way to measure academic quality during the student assignment reform process. Is this the best way to measure academic performance? Should we try to account for the fact that BPS schools have a wide variety of student populations? If so, how might we do so?
Please post your feedback in the comments.