Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence Summary of Review



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Appendix A: Accountability Plan Objectives and Measures (Criterion 1: Mission and Key Design Elements)



Faithfulness to Charter




Charter Term Performance

(Met/Not Met)

Evidence

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4




Objective: The school is faithful to the mission, vision, and educational philosophy defined in the charter application and any subsequent approved amendment.

Measure: All students participate in at least one community service learning activity each year, as documented by project write up forms.

M

M

M

M

In the 2015 Renewal Application, and the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school reported that it has consistently met this measure. Please see evidence regarding this in Criterion 1: Mission and Key Design Elements above. The executive director reported that these projects can be done at the class, grade or school level. For example, third grade students made blankets for the Shriner’s Hospital in Springfield, and students wrote letters to veterans for Veteran’s Day.

Measure: Annually, all students reflect on community service learning in an age-appropriate manner, are assessed by their teachers, and adequately meet grade-level expectations.

M

M

M

M

In the 2015 Renewal Application, and the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school reported that it has consistently met this measure. The executive director reported that community service learning reflections are age dependent. For example, kindergarten students might draw pictures of their community service activities while older students will write essays about their experience.

Measure: Annually, all teachers report in their post-community-service teacher-reflection forms that community service supports academic achievement.

M

M

M

M

In the 2015 Renewal Application, and the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school reported that it has consistently met this measure. The executive director reported that teachers complete a reflection form where they explain how the community service learning supported core education. These forms are then reviewed by administrators.



Academic Program Success




Charter Term Performance

(Met/Not Met)

Evidence

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4




Objective: The school achieves and maintains a median student growth percentile (SGP of 40 or higher in the aggregate and for all statistically significant sub-groups in all subject areas for accountability purposes.

Measure: The school will achieve and maintain SGP of 40 or higher in ELA in the aggregate.

M

M

NM

M

MLK has met this measure this charter term in all but one year according to data on the ESE website, the 2015 Renewal Application and the 2012-15 Annual Reports.

Measure: The school will achieve and maintain SGP of 40 or higher in math in the aggregate.

M

M

M

M

MLK has met this measure this charter term according to data on the ESE website, the 2015 Renewal Application and the 2012-15 Annual Reports.

Measure: Each year the school will achieve a higher CPI score than Springfield Public Schools, the district that our students would otherwise attend.

NM

NM

NM

NM

The school has not met this measure this charter term according to data on the ESE website, the 2015 Renewal Application and the 2012-15 Annual Reports.

Objective: The school makes Adequate Yearly Progress in the aggregate and for all statistically significant subgroups in ELA and math.

Measure: By December 2012, the school will demonstrate academic success by meeting academic growth standards as established by the Department or by making AYP.

NM

NM

NM

NM

The school has not met this measure this charter term. In 2012, the school was in corrective action for ELA and improved below target in mathematics. 2012 was the first time schools received levels. In 2013, 2014, and 2015, the school was designated a Level 3 school based on academic achievement data on the MCAS exam.

Objective: The school’s curriculum is documented, articulates the skills and concepts that all students must know and be able to do to meet state standards, is aligned horizontally and vertically, and supports opportunities for all students to master these skills and concepts.

Measure: By December 2011, school will provide evidence of a fully documented curriculum aligned to Common Core.

M

M

M

M

As documented in Key Indicator: Curriculum above, the school has met this measure this charter term, despite changes to the documented curriculum. Please see Key Indicator: Curriculum for more details.


Organizational Viability




Charter Term Performance

(Met/Not Met)

Evidence

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4




Objective: The school develops an annual budget that can be sustained by enrollment and is in support of student achievement.

Measure: The school’s annual budget is sustained by its enrollment.

M

M

M

M

Based on the Department’s financial dashboard, school audits and the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school has met this measure this charter term.

Objective: The school demonstrates a history of positive net assets, adequate cash flow to sustain operations and support the academic program, and consistently operates within budget.

Measure: Each year, the school demonstrates a history of positive net assets, adequate cash flow to sustain operations and support the academic program, and consistently operates within budget.

M

M

M

M

Based on the Department’s financial dashboard, school audits and the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school has met this measure this charter term.

Objective: The school’s annual independent audit is free of material or repeated findings.

Measure: There is an absence of material or repeated audit findings in annual audits by a qualified independent auditor.

M

M

M

M

Based on the Department’s financial dashboard, school audits and the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school has met this measure this charter term.

Objective: The school involved parents/guardians as partners in the education of their children. Families are satisfied with the school’s program.

Measure: Incoming parents of enrolled students sign a School-Student-Parent/Guardian Partnership agreement that explains the roles of school staff, parents/guardians, and students in students’ education.

M

M

M

M

According to the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school has met this measure.

Measure: 50% of parents will respond to an annual survey.

NM

M

M

M

According to the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school has met this measure in three of the four years. In Year 10, the renewal inspection team found that the school administers a parent survey.

Measure: 90% of parents/guardians responding to survey will express overall satisfaction with the school.

M

M

M

M

According to the 2012-15 Annual Reports, the school has met this measure. In Year 10, the renewal inspection team found that the school administers a parent survey.



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