McKinney ISD school board OKs district goals
The McKinney ISD school board Tuesday approved five district goals for the school year and outlined learner-support initiatives.
Deputy Superintendent Mary Clark briefly discussed the following goals with school board members:
* Student learning and accountability: McKinney ISD will maintain rigorous standards of achievement and high expectations to prepare all students for graduation and post-secondary success.
* Human capital: McKinney ISD will employ, develop and retain highly qualified staff reflective of our student demographics to maximize learning for all students.
* Fiscal responsibility. McKinney ISD will maintain efficient fiscal management of resources and operations to maximize learning for all students.
* Support services: McKinney ISD will ensure district operations and infrastructure to promote student and staff learning.
* Communications: McKinney ISD will promote and enhance two-way communication among our staff and our community and establish collaborative partnerships to maximize the success of all students.
The board agreed rigorous standards of achievement must be maintained to have an effective school district. Several correlates were listed, including one with the following description:
"The effective school district has a clearly articulated mission. The staff shares an understanding and commitment to the mission, instructional goals, priorities and assessment procedures it projects. The staff accepts responsibility and accountability for promoting and achieving the mission of learning for all students."
The board places the responsibility of students' education on both the teachers and the students.
The learner-support initiatives document passed by the board states: "The effective school expects that all students will maintain mastery of the essential school skills. In order to meet these high expectations, a school is restructured to be an institution designed for 'learning' not 'instruction.' Administrators, teachers, students and parents will have access to 'tools' and 'time' to help all students learn."
The document continues: "The effective school frequently measures academic student progress through a variety of assessment procedures. The assessment procedures must emphasize 'more authentic assessment' in curriculum mastery. Assessment results are used to improve individual student performance and also improve instructional delivery. Assessment results will show that alignment must exist between the intended, taught, and tested curriculum."