August Briefing: PreK, Dade, P-TECH, and more!

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At a board briefing, the Dallas ISD School Board discusses items they will need to vote on in upcoming meetings. They also hear reports from the Superintendent & the Dallas ISD Administration on ways in which the district is meeting student needs. Below is a summary of the 6-hour briefing on August 8, 2019.


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Dallas ISD has 4 student outcome goals. The administration presented progress towards 2 of those goals.

  • Goal 1: Achievement in all subjects at “Approaches” or above will increase from 66% to 75% of students by 2022.

  • Goal 2: Achievement on 3rdgrade reading at “Approaches” or above will increase from 62% to 75% by 2022.

  • Goal 3: Achievement in two or more subjects at “Meets” or above will increase from 34% to 40% by 2022.

  • Goal 4: Participation in extra/co-curricular activities will increase from 59% to 65% participation by 2022.

The progress update for goal 1 showed a progress update for students achievement at “Approaches,” “Meets,” and “Masters” for grades 3-8, all subjects, comparing 2017-2018 to 2018-2019:

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For goal 2, the progress update related to student achievement in 3rd grade, with a focus on students who have participated in Dallas ISD PreK:

  • Since 2012, DISD has seen growth of 28% to 40% of students achieving “Meets” for 3rdgrade reading. 

  • DISD leads in growth compared to other North Texas school districts.

  • 44% of kids who attended 2015-2016 DISD PreK achieved “Meets” for 3rdgrade reading compared to 36% of kids who did not attend DISD PreK. 

    • 2017-2018: 24% of African-American students achieved “Meets” compared to 30% in 2018-2019

    • 2017-2018 and 2018-2019, 46% of Hispanic students achieved “Meets.”  

Board Discussion:

  • Trustee Solis: This is a question for the board. When I look at Goal one, we are a point away from being where to want to be 2021-2022. I think we should take a hard look at the goals and progress. This is the type of district that is always looking for a new challenge.

  • TrusteeForeman: We test more students in Spanish compared to any other district in the state. What is the difference between the Spanish and English test? Is there a difference in the rigor of the Spanish test vs the English test? How many Spanish-speaking students are tested in other district?


Admin Presentation:

The Dallas ISD staff presented two ideas: Middle school Redesign and Innovation Engine.

“Middle School Redesign” – schools with accountability rating of “Competing” or better receive $50K funds from Office of Transformation and Innovation + weekly support to explore innovative models for their school.

  • Why? No DISD middle school has been approved through Public School Choice process; 8-10% of 5thgraders do not enroll in neighborhood middle school; align middle schools with high school programs.

  • Schools selected: Hill MS, Quintanilla MS, Richards MS, Spence MS, Walker MS. 

 “Innovation Engine” – provides up to 20 neighborhood schools with $50K to support innovative program or initiative.

In addition, new for 2019-2020 is a Single Gender IB STEAM Montessori. 

Board Discussion:

  • Trustee Marshall: Excited to see the investment in our neighborhood schools. Question on slide 4 where the list of AIM schools. Has the list of AIM schools changed? Franklin is not going to be an AIM school. How was the AIM list created? 

  • Trustee Mackey: What is the balance b/t what teachers and principals want and the current portfolio of schools that already exist. Are we doing work around what parents want? Are we contacting them and figuring out what sort of options they want? 

  • Trustee Foreman: Concerns about community input. Many principals don't live in the area. Where is the money for the suitability of these programs? I want people in my district to have a choice but not just choice.


Admin Presentation:

Dallas ISD staff presented the idea of offering Leadership stipends for Dade Middle School during the 2019-2020 school year to 4 assistant principals, 4 counselors, 8 teacher leaders, and 3 campus instructional coaches.

They will also offer Retention stipends to the principal, AP, CIC, counselor, teacher leaders, and librarian for the 2020-2021 school year.

Board Discussion:

  • Trustee Mackey: Want more information on how stipends will be applied at Dade.

#4 EARLY COLLEGE & P-TECH (Multiple links listed below.)

Admin Presentation:

The District is making moves to continue prioritizing early college and career readiness efforts with P-TECH.

Proposals for early college high schools:

Proposals for PTECH programs:

Board Discussion: none


For full video clips of board discussion or for a closer review of each agenda item. please visit the Board Docs site with all public materials.

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