School Governance Councils 1/17/14
Dear Parents /Guardians,
Last August, results of the 2013 CAPT assessments indicated vast improvements in student achievement in all areas of the assessment. This was welcomed news, as previous years’ results reflected lower performance and failure to achieve adequate yearly progress in mathematics and reading, at the whole-school level. Even though Plainfield High School students demonstrated growth in 2013, previous performance prompted the state department of education to place PHS on the list of ‘schools required to implement a School Governance Council’. School Governance Councils (SGC) were enacted by the state legislation in 2010 to enable parents, school faculty, students and community leaders to work together to improve student achievement in the state’s low performing schools and schools whose achievement growth has stalled. Although our most recent CAPT results reflected growth, stalled academic growth in previous years prompted the state department’s actions.
The School Governance Council serves in an advisory capacity, designed to assist the administration in analyzing school achievement data, assisting in the development of the school improvement plan, reviewing the school climate and providing input on any major policy matters affecting the school. The council will also assist the principal in making programmatic and operational changes to improve the school’s academic achievement and assist in developing effective partnerships between the school, parents, and community in order to improve student learning.
In conclusion, PHS is required by the state department of education to develop a School Governance Council, and provide the opportunity for parents to be contributing members. The parent component of the council must consist of seven (7) parent/guardian members, elected to one and two year terms. In order to provide additional information regarding requirements and responsibilities of a SGC, I am inviting interested parents/guardians to meet on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, at 6:30pm, in the PHS Library Media Center. I hope the meeting is informative and I am eager to provide this opportunity to welcome parents/guardians to be part of PHS’s school improvement efforts. Detailed information regarding the School Governance Council is also available at www.sde.ct.gov/sde/SGC.
James C. Worth
Responsibilities of School Governance Councils
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