Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Communications
August 21, 2006
Doyle Administration Building
545 West Dayton Street, Room 103
Madison, Wisconsin

Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Shwaw Vang at 6:09 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Ruth Robarts, Shwaw Vang


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Lawrie Kobza, Arlene Silveira


STAFF PRESENT: Sue Abplanalp, Amy Christianson, Mary Gulbrandsen, Pam Nash, Art Rainwater, Ken Syke, Lisa Wachtel, Barbara Lehman - Recording Secretary

1. Approval of Minutes

It was moved by Bill Keys and seconded by Ruth Robarts to approve the minutes of the Performance and Achievement Committee dated March 6, 2006 as distributed. Motion unanimously carried.

2. Public Appearances

Larry Winkler asked the committee to address some time this year how well Madison students did on the recent ACT test. Instead of looking at averages, he proposed using the ACT and its sub-scores, which he indicated the administration gets through the high schools, to see how much progress has been made and if there are any areas in need of improvement. He stated that only about 22 percent of the students who scored were really capable of going to college and not in need of remedial education in the five areas. He also thought this information should be used with the district's equity policy in deciding where resources should go. It was suggested that a scattergram be created showing the medium and range. He agreed that a scattergram would be a good start, but he wanted the entire distribution disaggregated by school. The Superintendent did not believe that they received scores for individual students.

Mr. Vang will include this discussion on a future agenda.

3. Announcements

There were no announcements.

4. Performance and Achievement Committee Goals and Activities for the 2006-07 School year

(A copy of the results from the goal setting discussion on June 19 was distributed. A copy is attached to the original of these minutes.)

Discussion: Creating a fine arts task force to look at what is currently being offered and what should be offered at all levels and future funding. Setting the goals and evaluation for the one-year pilot for strings and general music at Emerson. Committee's role in evaluating the district's math program K-12 (results, subtests, recent graduates' preparedness in transitioning from middle to high school and high school to college) using external evaluators. Looking at behavior or engagement of students in school (attendance, dropouts, truancy, expulsions, etc.) and how the district is challenging every student. Following the middle school design at the other levels. Including the impact of heterogeneous grouping on the schools; too early to have results (should wait until 2007-08 at best). Taking the approach to behavior to the whole board vs. the committee level. Mr. Vang will work with the board president on the issues of attendance, dropouts, truancy, expulsions, suspensions, code of conduct, etc., to see if the committee or the whole board will address these. Looking at ESL for Southeast Asian students and how long they should remain in the program. Taking up annual items of summer school and the priorities report. Ad hoc reports on reading, math, etc.

FOLLOW UP: Future agenda items: fine arts task force, ACT results, summer school, priorities report.

5. Establish a Performance and Achievement Committee Meeting Schedule for the 2006-07 School Year

Discussion: Planning out a calendar for the whole year. Holding a regular monthly meeting so everyone knows when it is. Giving priority to those committees that have citizen members. Flexibility about the time. Working around other issues that will have to be addressed, e.g., Superintendent's evaluation, negotiations, etc.

Mr. Vang will work with the board officers to get a regularly scheduled meeting. The Superintendent and the board officers will develop a calendar to incorporate all the committees.

6. English-as-a-Second Language Program

(Packets included a PowerPoint presentation. A copy is attached to the original of these minutes.)

Amy Christianson, Coordinator of ESL and Bilingual Education, gave the presentation. Highlights included last year's numbers of students and staff; enrollment from 1992 to 2006; ELL students by language; Hmong student population history; new Hmong refugee students; Title III and unanticipated new refugee grant funds; Hmong attendance initiative; service delivery models; goals; Wisconsin bilingual-bicultural state statute requirements; Title III requirements of the "No Child Left Behind" Act; levels of English language proficiency; ACCESS - the English language proficiency assessment and its features; and creating an ESL and Bilingual Education Advisory Council. She distributed charts showing the population history for other Southeast Asian students, the criteria for ELL individual plans of service, and staff training information for the ACCESS assessment (copies are attached to the original of these minutes).

Discussion: Student population mostly second and third generation now. Amount of federal funding. Perception that the ESL students who are not new refugees are not being challenged enough. Mainstreaming some students sooner rather than later. Looking at ESL classes at the high schools and their proficiency levels in more detail. Gathering and using the data from the individual plan of service for every student. ESL services different everywhere the students go. Mr. Vang will meet with Ms. Christianson separately to ask his personal questions and talk about a new direction for teaching Hmong students for those families who have been in the district a long time.

7. Other Business

There was no other business.

8. Adjournment

It was moved by Ruth Robarts and seconded by Carol Carstensen to adjourn the meeting at 7:19 p.m. Motion unanimously carried.