The Florida Department of Education (FDOE) has declared Oak Ridge Elementary, Hartsfield Elementary and Pineview Elementary to be three of the “Lowest 300” performing elementary schools in the state.
FDOE lists the schools based on three-year averages for achievement on state exams in English language arts, and increases in exam scores over those years. The results show how well students are doing in reading and writing.
Making the list requires that school officials take action.
According to the Leon County School Board meeting agenda from March 9, the Superintendent recommends the approval of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which under Florida Statues 1001.42(21) allows the Leon County Teachers Association and the District School Board of Leon County to make special provisions of its contract for schools with a grade of “D.”
Both parties have worked together on their plans to help improve student’s academic performance as well as the necessary steps to better equip and support teachers during this transition.
As a part of the MOU, the parties have proposed a list of eight actions that could potentially be put in place if the Superintendent, Assistant Superintendent, President and Bargaining Chair of the Leon County Teachers Association approve and sign off on it.
The list includes a 1.25-hour increase in student contact time while compensating teachers at their hourly rate for additional time beyond the contracted day, emphasis on both math and reading strategies and collaborative planning based on progress monitoring data and grade level standards. Additionally, at least one day of each week, the teacher workday will be extended by 45 minutes to set aside time for planning and professional development.