Heffner Endorses Updated Recovery Plan for Youngstown Schools
Release date: 4/17/2012
The seven-point plan was created by the Youngstown Academic Distress Commission after Heffner asked last year that multiple improvement plans be combined into a single strategic approach that could drive change in the 6,000-student district.
“I believe the seven strategies included in the Updated Plan provide a solid approach to improving student achievement,” Heffner wrote to Commission Chair Adrienne O’Neill. “It is my sincere desire that the community and the district clearly identify the underlying issues that lead to low academic performance, including low expectations and racial bias, and take bold steps to immediately remedy these issues.”
The five-member Youngstown Academic Distress Commission was created in 2010 under an Ohio law that requires direct state involvement when a district receives a rating of Academic Emergency on its annual report card and has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress for four or more consecutive years. The current district rating is Academic Watch.
Elements of the new plan include:
Doubling the amount of time students in grades K-5 spend on English and reading.
Expanding of Advanced Placement and Dual Credit programming through the use of online courses.
Finding new strategies to increase community partnerships.
Requiring professional development for principals, teachers and other staff.
Implementing the state’s new curriculum standards in mathematics, language arts, science and social studies.
Required monthly financial reporting.
Providing district leaders greater flexibility to adjust staffing levels.
The full plan can be read here.