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In order for us to find common ground across all districts to form our improvement communities, each district will identify the On Track Outcomes that most closely align to the priority challenge area on which they would like to focus. Please engage in a conversation with your team to answer the questions below based on the input you’ve received from key stakeholders, and then fill out the form linked below by May 3rd. 

Step 1Review your Proposed High-Priority Shared Challenge and Rationale to surface the grade level range you will prioritize for improvement efforts in the next 3 years
Step 2Use the milestone map your team completed in Launch meeting 1 as a lens: the work you do over the next 3 years will help students make progress toward the On Track Outcome identified for the last grade level in your system (whether your work is Social Emotional Learning, Mathematics, etc)With this lens in mind, choose the most aligned Focal Area based on your focal grade(s) from the following options (see more detailed description below):
  • Middle School On Track
  • 9th Grade On Track for Graduation
  • College Ready On Track
    • Focus:  A-G Completion
    • Focus:  High School Mathematics
    • Focus:  High School English Language Arts
    • Focus:  College Access
Step 3Complete the Cohort 2 Collaboration Focus Form by May 3rd

Cohort 2 Focal Areas

NOTE: These Focal Areas will act as a framework for the collaborations to learn together. This is not a complete list, but represent the most common areas based on the work in California and the areas identified by Cohort 2 districts. These areas will help us group districts, but don’t dictate the work you will do towards supporting students’ progress to being “On Track”. Additionally, the public facing indicator is the indicator you will report to the community annually. The District internal indicators are examples of measures you choose from as you develop a systematic structure for monitoring your progress over the 3 years. 


Focal Area:  Middle School On Track

  • Focus: 8th Grade Math Proficiency
    Public facing indicator:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in Math on CAASPP (improvement year to year in grades 6, 7 and 8)
    District internal indicators:  Increases in appropriate course enrollment, benchmark assessments, grades, attendance, behavioral indicators and other appropriate evidence
  • Focus: 8th Grade ELA Proficiency
    Public facing indicator:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in ELA on CAASPP (improvement year to year in grades 6, 7 and 8)
    District internal indicators:  increases in appropriate course enrollment, benchmark assessments, grades, attendance, behavioral indicators and other appropriate evidence

Focal Area: 9th Grade On Track for Graduation
  • Focus: 9th Grade On Track for Graduation
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in “on time” graduation rate
    District Internal Indicators:
    • GPA: Increase in 9th Grade GPA: % of students passing all ninth grade courses with a “C” or better
    • 9th Grade Credit Completion: Decrease in number and % of 9th grade students failing one or more courses
    • Behavioral Indicators:  Increases in attendance and decreases in suspensions

Focal Area:  College Ready On Track
  • Focus:  A-G Completion          
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in number of students A-G eligible upon graduation
    District Internal Indicators: Increase in number and % of students placed in A-G eligible courses, Increase by A-G course and grade level the number/% of students who pass required courses with a grade of “C” or better
 
  • Focus:  High School Mathematics
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in math on CAASPP in A-G eligible math courses in tested grades                      
    District Internal Indicators:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating HS Math Proficiency in college track math courses as measured by benchmark assessments, grades, other district measures

  • Focus:  High School English Language Arts
    Public Facing Indicator: Increase in number and % of students demonstrating grade level ability in ELA on CAASPP in A-G eligible math courses in tested grades                     
    District Internal Indicators:  Increase in number and % of students demonstrating ELA Proficiency in college track ELA courses as measured by benchmark assessments, grades, other district measures

  • Focus:  College Access
    Public Facing Indicator:  College Entrance exams: % of graduates who have completed a college entrance exam (e.g., SAT, ACT)
    District Internal Indicators:  Financial Access: increase in number and % of 12th grade students completing FAFSA , number and % of graduates applying to credentialing post-secondary institution