Comp Plan for Portland schools moves forward

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PORTLAND — The beginnings of a Comprehensive Plan for the city schools is taking another step forward this week.

The School Board on Tuesday was expected to vote in favor of adopting a framework of the Comprehensive Plan that will outline the district’s priorities for the future, and help the board make curriculum and budget decisions.

The more than 100-page framework, which includes statistics on student test scores and graduation rates, will be filled in by the board and district staff.

Each school in the district will be required to provide a school report card every year that outlines how that school is measuring up against the plan. The school report cards will be created this year by groups of teachers and administrative staff.

Increasing the district’s graduation rate is the top priority listed on the framework. It also includes language that would tie student achievement with teacher evaluation.

The superintendent has asked that the board adopt a policy that requires continuous evaluation of the plan once it is finished and approved.

In the meantime, details of the plan will be added to the framework by district staff and school board members.

The final plan will have to be adopted by the board before it can officially be implemented. But the early framework will likely influence board decisions at budget time.

Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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