The Charleston County School Board is calling for a detailed baseline to begin measuring the progress promised in the districtwide restructuring program that shuttered failing schools, sending students to 14 different campuses.
Staff provided an update Tuesday on the broader success of merging these schools, but board members made it clear they want more comprehensive information on student progress.
Chairwoman Toya Hampton-Green said she wanted baseline numbers on where students landed and their final scores at their previous schools.
“I’d like to see where students ended as a starting point for analysis going forward,” she said.
Other board members called for even more detail. Vice Chairman Gregg Meyers said the district has to demonstrate the benefit of the move for students.
The district targeted struggling programs for a reason. “Let’s be sure we get something out of it,” he said.
Board member Chris Frasier said results should include analysis of the new programs created as selling points in the restructuring.
“We have to be very specific about the additional opportunities created and their outcomes,” Frasier said.
Staff is monitoring student progress on a daily basis and Superintendent Nancy McGinley said the data the board is looking for will be made available. She also noted that some of these programs are already showing dividends — at least in regards to student, parent, and teacher enthusiasm.
She pointed to the sixth grade academy in North Charleston. The program provides targeted literacy instruction to 125 struggling students with specialized teachers and smaller class sizes. Meanwhile, the program has pulled some of the most challenged students from regular classrooms, freeing up instruction time.