#BoardWatch Recap: SFUSD Board of Education January 31, 2017 Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment Meeting

posted Feb 1, 2017, 4:35 PM by Miranda Martin   [ updated Feb 2, 2017, 11:39 AM by Robin Dutton-Cookston ]
The SFUSD Board of Education Ad Hoc Committee on Student Assignment meets quarterly to monitor student assignment policy. The most recent meeting focused on 1) the middle school feeder system, 2) multilingual pathways, and 3) special education services. A few high-level takeaways from the staff presentations and public comment:
  • Our current middle school feeder system has physical capacity to accommodate all students from each elementary school at each middle school site.
  • There is not capacity in terms of accommodating programs, especially regarding the language programs. There are not enough foreign language teachers to accommodate the number of requests for the language program feeders, and this will need to be worked out before the feeder system is fully automatic. 
  • Language pathway programs are very popular. 40% of kindergarten applicants request a language program. The ongoing teacher staffing issue creates challenges for language programs in elementary, middle, and high school.
  • 11% of students in SFUSD have an Individualized Education Program (IEP).
  • A challenge for students with IEPs is the school assignment process. The various rounds cause children to have their transitional assessments later in the summer or after the start of the school year.
Please see a transcript of the full Twitter feed below.