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Posted: August 19, 2019

School Year's Resolutions

Read Supt. Reedy's message on setting targets for the district.

Have you made your School Year’s resolution yet? You know, that goal you set at the beginning of each school year to make life a little better for you and our students. 

Like New Year’s resolutions, School Year’s resolutions run the gamut. Some are personal. Maybe your goal is to learn more, work on collaboration, take advantage of some of the district’s wellness initiatives so that you can feel better about doing your job.

Or perhaps your focus is the job itself, getting to work early, staying focused, trying new things.

Resolutions need to be ambitious but also achievable. You and I know all too well how quickly a resolution is broken when we get overzealous and over-commit. We should think through our resolutions and set goals that we can reach with allegiance, dedication, and grit.

I have made several School Year’s resolutions for Albuquerque Public Schools that I know we can achieve together.  The goals align with the Supt’s Big 5 priorities. If you are new to the district or haven’t looked at these in a while, I ask that you take a moment to do so. In a nutshell, the APS Academic Master Plan outlines five priorities for student success: 

  • Early Learning
  • College & Career Readiness
  • Attendance
  • The Whole Child
  • Parent and Community Engagement 

With that in mind, the targets we have set for the next two years are as follows:

  • Improve the 3rd-grade reading score on the state standardized test by 3 percentage points in a year, 6 percentage points in two years.
  • Improve the 3rd-grade math score on the state standardized test by 2 percentage points in a year, 4 percentage points in two years.
  • Improve the graduation rate by 2 percentage points in a year, 3 percentage points in two years.
  • Improve the 9th-grade reading score on the state standardized test by 2 percentage points in a year, 4 percentage points in two years.
  • Improve the Algebra I score on the state standardized test by 1 percentage point in a year, 2 percentage points in two years.
  • Decrease the chronic absenteeism rate by 2 percentage points in a year, 3 percentage points in two years.
  • Decrease the drop-out rate by a percentage point in two years.
  • Improve the average daily attendance rate by 1 percentage point in a year, 2 percentage points in two years.
  • Increase participation in the Quality Engagement and Family Engagement Survey by 3 percentage points in a year, 6 percentage points in two years.
  • Increase the percentage of families who respond that they feel welcome at their child’s school to 95 percent in two years.  

Not easy, but doable, right? I know for a fact that these are achievable goals because I have looked at the data. For example, to get to the 76 percent graduation rate we are striving for in two years, we need an additional 400 students to earn their diplomas. I truly believe we can reach 400 students, don’t you? 

And to drop the chronic absenteeism rate by a percentage point, we need to get 2,500 more students to commit to showing up to school – that’s about 18 students per school. Again, I believe we can reach those students, don’t you?  

Collaboration is key; as is support. We can learn from one another, share ideas, analyze data, ask questions, make changes, reach out to our families and community partners.

I know we make strides every day in our classrooms, in our schools, that can't be recorded as data, that can't be measured as targets. Still, working on these concrete resolutions together will be good for the APS team and, most importantly, good for our students. Are you with me? 

Thanks for all you do! 

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