This is another great example of transparency at school level
The school dashboard measures important metrics against set Goals
- School Operations
- Buses on time
- Passing Safety Audits
- Fully Staffed
- Financial Audit Opinion
- Student Achievement
- EOG Reading
- EOG Math
- Ethnic Gap
- Graduation Rate
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education established Reform Governance Policy AEC in October 2006 so that everyone in the community could see how our schools are performing. The first page of the dashboard is intended to offer an assessment of the district’s performance at a glance. It includes easily accessible measures of operations, such as school safety and bus punctuality, as well as measures of district progress toward the goals in the Strategic Plan 2010: Educating Students to Compete Locally, Nationally and Internationally. The plan is the district’s map for progress through the year 2010 and the Board wanted the public to be able to assess our progress
Anyone can use the dashboard because it is open to the public through our Web site. It can be used by parents to assess a school’s performance or how the district is doing in educating a particular group of children. It can be used by teachers and administrators to compare schools’ performance or provide in-depth data about subgroups of students or the district as a whole. Members of the community at large, whether they have children in the district or not, may also use it to learn about CMS. The dashboard will also enable schools to assess their own progress and identify other schools with similar challenges, so that they can share effective strategies with each other
For non-USA audience following terms might help you decipher the codes used in the dashboard
Advanced Placement (AP) courses: These high school courses are rigorous and offer college-level work to high school students. Students who take these courses also take AP exams in each course. These exams may lead to college credit and they help prepare students for college by acquainting them with higher-level work.
AYP: Adequate Yearly Progress, a standard for student learning calculated each year. AYP was established under the No Child Left Behind Act, but it is calculated differently in each state. In North Carolina, student results on state-required tests are used to calculate whether schools and groups of students have made Adequate Yearly Progress.
DIBELS: Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy. A measurement tool of elementary student progress used by CMS.
DOE: Department of Education, a federal agency that oversees education in the U.S.
DPI: Department of Public Instruction, a state agency that oversees education in the state of North Carolina.
EC: Exceptional Children, a designation used for students with developmental, learning or other disabilities.
EOC: End-of-Course tests. These are state tests given each year in 10 subjects to determine if students have mastered the material in each course. Given in high schools and to some middle school students studying at advanced levels.
EOG: End-of-Grade tests. These are given to students in grades three through eight to determine if the students have mastered the required knowledge for each grade.
ESL: English as a Second Language, a teaching program used for students whose native language is not English. Also used to describe students in the program.
GPA: Grade point average
IEP: Individual Education Program. An IEP is done for each individual student in CMS to help ensure that each child gets the necessary support and instruction.