During the 2008-09 school year, Smithson-Craighead Academy was placed on probation by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools for failing math. Now, thanks to new practices placed in the curriculum to increase TCAP scores and working diligently, Smithson-Craighead now is in “Good Standing” with the Office of Charter and Private Schools for making AYP for the 2009 -10 school year! Today, students, staff, parents and community members gathered for a big celebration and a kick off for the new year of Math in Motion and Read to Race. At the end of the celebration, top-achievers from each class hopped in their race cars and hit the gas! To meet AYP, every classroom included weekly data analysis to assess student progress and provide remediation and acceleration. Teachers held weekly team meetings to brainstorm, implement and evaluate daily practices. Literacy, numeracy and technology coaches assisted teachers with innovative methods to promote skill mastery. Students met in study groups and even used TCAP practice tests for review. Weekly math and reading challenges were held in class to motivate the students for the upcoming test. Teachers and assistants relied on each other to ensure that every student was learning and engaging in classroom instruction for making AYP.
Leaders in nine communities across the U.S. have signed on to a District-Charter Collaboration Compact, an initiative to highlight new ways that public charter schools and traditional public schools are working to provide high quality education for all students. Cities committed to the Compact include Baltimore, Md., Denver, Colo., Hartford, Conn., Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Minn., Nashville, Tenn., New Orleans, La., New York City and Rochester, N.Y. In response to requests by school districts and charter school leaders for such a collaboration, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has supported the development of public agreements in cities where the traditional district schools and public charter schools are eager to work together to share best practices and provide all children in their communities with a public school education that prepares them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in college and the workforce.View full release below.