Recap of Board of Education Ad Hoc Meeting on Student Assignment, April 18, 2016

posted Apr 26, 2016, 10:34 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston   [ updated Apr 26, 2016, 10:45 AM ]

The SFUSD Board of Education Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment met on Monday, April 18. Much attention was given to the middle school feeder system. Below are highlights of the meeting.

Starting 2017-18 5th graders will receive initial MS assignment automatically based on their elementary school.

  • Feeder concept was meant to increase predictability, build community, better student info sharing, continuity of programs

  • Feeder request: from 2011-12 to 2015-16, the percent of families listing their feeder among choices jumped from 57% to 93%

Language pathways challenge: there are not enough seats in middle school to accommodate all elementary students in pathways.

  • Language pathways: have paused expansion on language pathways in middle school. Will be 8 schools next year

  • One reason expansion has been paused is teacher shortage, not enough credentialed positions, especially with middle school single subject certification

  • Solution: maybe changes to student assignment policy to create more of a magnet approach to MS secondary language pathway

Special education in Middle School.

  • Example: at AP Giannini about 10% of students have IEPs, they are in many different pathways within the school

  • Some middle schools have much higher percentage of students with IEP

  • In some cases, students in special day classes in elementary school did not have correlated classes in middle school

  • Consideration: highly specialized classes serving limited number of students in specific locations? Looking for feedback

School portfolio planning design team: looking at feeders, need for new middle school, support ISA/O'Connell merge.

Team will present findings to leadership May 16th. Annual assignment report to come at some point this spring.