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



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Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence

Summary of Review




Springfield, MA

February 2016



Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Office of Charter Schools and School Redesign

75 Pleasant Street

Malden, MA 02148

Phone: (781) 338-3227

Fax: (781) 338-3220




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This document was prepared by the


Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

Mitchell D. Chester, Ed.D.

Commissioner

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Table of Contents



I. Introduction 4

II. Executive Summary of Charter School Performance 4

III. School Setting 6

IV. Areas of Accountability 7

A. Faithfulness to Charter 7

B. Academic Program 10

C. Organizational Viability 19

Appendix A: Accountability Plan Objectives and Measures (Criterion 1: Mission and Key Design Elements) 21

Appendix B: CHART (Criterion 2: Access and Equity) 24

Appendix C: Academic Data (Criterion 5: Student Performance) 30

Appendix D: Financial Dashboard (Criterion 10: Finance) 35

Appendix E: School’s Response to the 2016 Summary of Review 40



I. Introduction


The charter school regulations state that “the decision by the Board [of Elementary and Secondary Education] to renew a charter shall be based upon the presentation of affirmative evidence regarding the faithfulness of the school to the terms of its charter, including the extent to which the school has followed its recruitment and retention plan and has disseminated best practices in accordance with M.G.L. c. 71, § 89(dd); the success of the school's academic program; and the viability of the school as an organization” 603 CMR 1.11(2). Consistent with the regulations, recommendations regarding renewal are based upon the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s (Department) evaluation of the school’s performance in these areas. In its review, the Department has considered both the school’s absolute performance at the time of the application for renewal and the progress the school has made during the first four years of its charter. Performance is evaluated against both the Massachusetts Charter School Performance Criteria and the school’s accountability plan. The evaluation of the school has included a review of various sources of evidence.

The following sections present a high-level summary from various sources regarding the school’s progress and success in fulfilling the terms of its charter, raising student achievement, and establishing a viable organization over the past charter term . Specific details about each criterion have been well-documented in the sources listed below.


II. Executive Summary of Charter School Performance





Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence

Type of Charter

(Commonwealth or Horace Mann)



Commonwealth

Location

Springfield

Regional or Non-Regional

Non-regional

Districts in Region

(if applicable)



N/A

Year Opened

2006

Year(s) Renewed

(if applicable)



2011

Maximum Enrollment

360

Current Enrollment

366

Chartered Grade Span

K-5

Current Grade Span

K-5

Students on Waitlist

264

Current Age of School

10 years

Mission Statement

Martin Luther King, Jr. Charter School of Excellence prepares kindergarten through 5th grade students of Springfield for academic success and engaged citizenship through insistence on rigorous, challenging work. The school incorporates Dr. King’s commitment to the highest standards in scholarship, civic participation and the ideal of the beloved community.





Martin Luther King Jr. Charter School of Excellence

Exceeds

The school fully and consistently meets the criterion and is a potential exemplar in this area.

Meets

The school generally meets the criterion and/or minor concern(s) are noted.

Partially Meets

The school meets some aspects of the criterion but not others and/or moderate concern(s) are noted.

Falls Far Below

The school falls far below the criterion and/or significant concern(s) are noted.

Massachusetts Charter School Performance Criteria

Rating

Faithfulness to Charter

  1. Mission and Key Design Elements: The school is faithful to its mission, implements the key design elements outlined in its charter, and substantially meets its accountability plan goals.

Partially Meets

  1. Access and Equity: The school ensures program access and equity for all students eligible to attend the school.

 Meets

  1. Compliance: The school compiles a record of compliance with the terms of its charter and applicable state and federal laws and regulations.

 Partially Meets

  1. Dissemination: The school provides innovative models for replication and best practices to other public schools in the district where the charter school is located.

 Partially Meets

Academic Program Success

  1. Student Performance: The school consistently meets state student performance standards for academic growth, proficiency, and college and career readiness.

 Falls Far Below

  1. Program Delivery: The school delivers an academic program that provides improved academic outcomes and educational success for all students.

Curriculum

 Meets

Instruction

 Partially Meets

Assessment and Program Evaluation

 Meets

Supports for Diverse Learners

 Meets

  1. Culture and Family Engagement: The school supports students’ social and emotional health in a safe and respectful learning environment that engages families.

Social, Emotional and Health Needs

 Meets

Family Engagement

 Meets

Organizational Viability

  1. Capacity: The school sustains a well-functioning organizational structure and creates a professional working climate for all staff.

School Leadership

 Partially Meets

Professional Climate

 Meets

  1. Governance: Members of the board of trustees act as public agents authorized by the state and provide competent and appropriate governance to ensure the success and sustainability of the school.

 Meets

  1. Finance: The school maintains a sound and stable financial condition and operates in a financially sound and publicly accountable manner.

 Meets



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