Priority Status Concerns Email

From: Gay Adelmann []
Sent: Thursday, September 29, 2016 12:45 AM
To: Dossett, Dena H <>;Erin Korbylo < >; Karin Bennett <>; Roberta Vincent <>
Cc: Benboe, Venita M <>
Subject: Priority Status Concerns


Hi Dena,

In Toni [Konz]’s article on test scores, it stated:

Dossett said Wednesday that JCPS will seek an appeal and ask the state to consider exiting Valley from priority status.

In order to exit, schools must meet their annual goals for three consecutive years, no longer be identified as being in the lowest five percent in the state and score at or above an 80 percent graduation rate for three consecutive years, according to new regulations that took effect in June 2015.

“Valley has met their goal for four consecutive years, is out of the lowest five percent based on their overall score, and has a graduation rate of 79.8,” Dossett said. “We are going to ask them to consider using the same criteria for exiting that was in place when schools entered priority status, which was a 70 percent graduation rate.”

I’m still digesting the numbers, but it seems that we should be able to make an argument for Shawnee to exit priority status for similar reasons? Or, if necessary, also look at trackbacks and other factors beyond our control? I would like to schedule a meeting to discuss the school’s worthiness for similar appeal considerations, or ways we can bring some exculpating or overlooked information to the attention of decision makers. I believe it is our time.

Please let me know.

Thanks, Gay


The district’s “shut down” response can be found here.