In a move to make more data available about the progress of Boston Public Schools, the district has unveiled an”Acceleration Agenda Dashboard.” It includes information about the district’s strategies, as well as its progress toward four target goals:
- Strengthen teaching and school leadership
- Replicate success and turn around low-performing schools
- Redesign district services for effectiveness, efficiency, and equity
- Deepen partnerships with parents, students, and the community
An example of information available on the dashboard: the goal “Reading to learn in grade 3” is measured by the number of third-graders proficient or advanced in the MCAS English Language Arts statewide test. Currently, the dashboard shows that 37% of students achieve this goal, which is shy of the 59% target. One goal on the dashboard that shows success is “Academic growth for students with disabilities.” The number of special education students demonstrating high or very high growth on the MCAS Math exam is 36%, in excess of the 32% target.
The district says that the site will be updated as new data become available, eventually drilling down to provide individual school-level data.