Highly effective ELL and special education programs are essential for the district to get back into good standing under federal No Child Left Behind laws.
Nashville, as a district, isn’t just judged by NCLB in terms of the percentage of all students who pass standardized tests. Nashville students are broken out into subgroups — including groups for different races, students with disabilities, kids with limited proficiency in English, and economically disadvantaged students — and NCLB monitors whether sufficient percentages of students in each of those subgroups pass the tests.
In failing to meet NCLB requirements for the last school year, Nashville’s public school district passed all benchmarks for how the entire student body performed. The district failed, however, to pass certain benchmarks for high school students in several different subgroups: Hispanic students, economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities, and kids with limited English proficiency.
The district also failed the benchmark measuring the reading and language arts performance of elementary and middle school kids with limited English proficiency.
Early data, based on information collected in November, suggests that kids in both the ELL and special education subgroups could miss district-wide high school benchmarks when tests are taken this month.
The indicators don’t necessarily mean MNPS will fail this benchmark in the spring. Some students who were measured as part of the early indicators may take alternative assessments at the end of the school year. Also, this is the first year the preliminary data has been gathered, so there is no indication of what mid-year math scores have been in previous school years.
The move to Restructuring II would give the state DOE the legal right to remove the current director of schools, as well as any individual board members.
Restructuring II also would give the state the legal right to appoint a trustee in charge of the school district, a role Mayor Karl Dean has said he wants to actively prepare to fill. DOE Commissioner Tim Webb has publicly confirmed that his department is exploring the laws and statutes that might allow this to take place.