The Evanston Township High School District 202 Board is seeking community input Saturday into a revision of its goals for the next five years.
Here are the present goals and the Board’s proposed revisions:
Current: Increase each student's academic trajectory as demonstrated through multiple measures.
Proposed: Increase each student's academic trajectory, while eliminating the racial predictability of achievement, as demonstrated through multiple measures.
Current: Provide individualized supports, programs, services, and curricula to ensure that each student will demonstrate significant academic and social-emotional growth during their experience at ETHS.
Proposed: Provide all students with resources, opportunities, supports, interventions, services, and curricula to ensure that each student will demonstrate significant academic and social-emotional growth during their experience at ETHS.
Current: Create a student-centered facility using 21st Century resources to support the needs of our diverse learning community.
Current: Provide consistent and stable financial stewardship assuring: excellent education and opportunity for each student; reasonable property taxes; leveraging and optimizing resources; and values-based, cost effective allocation of resources.
Proposed: Provide consistent and stable financial stewardship assuring: equitable opportunity and excellent education for each student; reasonable property taxes; optimized resources; and values-based, cost-effective allocation of resources.
Current: Strengthen relationships throughout the community which enrich engagement among all stakeholders and enhance student learning and well-being, and assure full continuity of effort with District 65.
Current: Maximize the reputation of ETHS.
Proposed: Eliminate this goal and substitute the following Joint Literacy Goal: "All students are proficient readers who are college and career ready by the time they reach 12th grade. To attain this goal we are adopting and implementing a model of disciplinary literacy. Students advancing through the grades are expected to meet each year’s grade-specific standards, retain or further develop skills and understandings mastered in preceding grades, and work steadily towards meeting the general expectations described by the common College and Career Readiness Standards."
The current goals were established three years ago, and the proposed revisions were drafted by the Board last October at a public meeting.
Now the Board is seeking additional community input and has scheduled a workshop to discuss them that will be held in Room N112 at the school, from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
Assisting in the process will be Barbara Toney, representing the Illinois Association of School Boards.
She will serve as moderator and will break the participants into several discussion groups to focus on one or more of the goals. Then, each group will report back to the workshop as a whole.
At its Feb. 22 meeting, the Board discussed the feasibility of scheduling a special meeting on the goals and agreed that such a meeting would be desirable to digest the effect of comments and suggestions offered at Saturday’s workshop.
Ultimately, the board is expected to approve a final version at its April 11 meeting that will take effect next fall and will guide its deliberations for the next five years.
Member Jonathan Baum made the point that the mission of the district would not be an item for discussion at the workshop. At present, the mission statement is as follows:
“Embracing its diversity, ETHS dedicates itself to educating all students to their fullest potential.”