Trustees Expected to Urge State to Replace A-F Accountability System
Frisco, Texas – The Frisco ISD Board of Trustees is expected to finalize attendance zones for the 2017-18 school year during its regular meeting this evening. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, 5515 Ohio Drive in Frisco.
The rezoning proposals are projected to impact fewer students than in typical years – about 300.
Changes would provide overcrowding relief and help balance enrollment at existing schools, while also delaying the need for construction of future schools. Proposals would also modify zones in undeveloped or soon-to-be developed areas where there are currently no or few students.
Among the changes being considered:
Elementary Schools – East
o Comstock / Isbell elementary schools
o Comstock / Elliott elementary schools (no impact to current students)
o Gunstream / Christie elementary schools
Elementary Schools – Northwest (no impact to current students)
o Newman / Rogers elementary schools
o Carroll / Pink elementary schools
o Carroll / Rogers elementary schools
Middle Schools – Northwest (no impact to current students)
o Trent / Staley middle schools
o Griffin / Staley middle schools
Middle Schools – South
o Hunt / Clark middle schools
o Pioneer Heritage / Hunt middle schools (no impact to current students)
High Schools – East
o Independence / Liberty high schools – incoming 9th graders only
District of Innovation
The Board will also consider whether to notify the Commissioner of Education of its intent to vote on a plan that would exempt Frisco ISD from certain state requirements as allowed by law. The District of Innovation concept was created by the 84th Legislature in 2015 and allows school districts to access many of the same options that are currently available to charter schools.
The proposed Local Innovation Plan would give FISD more flexibility with regard to school start date, designation of campus behavior coordinator and minutes of instruction at the Pre-K level.
A public hearing on the proposed plan was held January 5. If approved tonight, a vote on the plan itself would take place at February 13th School Board meeting. It must also be approved by the District Improvement Team (DIT), which consists of FISD staff.
A-F Accountability Ratings
The Board of Trustees is also expected to approve a resolution urging the Texas Legislature to repeal a new state accountability system that utilizes A through F grades to rank schools and districts.
The resolution advocates instead for the development of a community-based accountability system that empowers school districts to design their own internal systems of assessment and accountability that, while meeting general state standards, allows districts to innovate and customize curriculum and instruction to meet the needs and interests of each student and their communities. Further, this new system should reduce the use of high-stakes, standardized tests, encompass multiple assessments, reflect greater validity, and, more accurately reflect what students know and can do in terms of the rigorous standards. Read the full resolution here.
The Board previously expressed its opposition to the A-F accountability system through the District’s list of legislative priorities and support of a similar list of priorities complied by the superintendents of the Region 10 Education Service Center. The 2017 session of the Texas legislature begins Tuesday, January 10.
The Board will also hear an update on the priorities-based budget process and efforts to work with staff and community members to develop cost-savings strategies for the District moving forward.
School Board Recognition Month
Students, parents and community members are invited to join FISD educators in recognizing the contributions of School Board members during a reception before the meeting starts. The event, which begins at 5 p.m. at the FISD Administration Building, is open to the public and includes light refreshments and entertainment.
The annual reception is an opportunity to recognize Board members for their vision, leadership and tireless work to ensure a quality education for all Frisco ISD students. Learn more.