Madison Metropolitan School District
Madison, Wisconsin

Art Rainwater, Superintendent
Minutes for Performance and Achievement
March 13, 2003
Sherman Middle School
1610 Ruskin Street, Gymnasium
Madison, Wisconsin

The Performance and Achievement Committee meeting was called to order by Chair Bill Clingan at 5:05 p.m.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Bill Clingan, Shwaw Vang


OTHER BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Carol Carstensen, Bill Keys

STAFF PRESENT: Jane Belmore, Valencia Douglas, Mary Gulbrandsen, Jack Jorgensen, Roger Price, Joe Quick, Art Rainwater, Mary Ramberg, Ann Wilson - Recording Secretary

  1. Announcements

    There were no announcements.

  2. Impact of Possible 2003-2004 Budget Cuts on Academic Performance

    Art Rainwater began by noting the request was made that the Management Team look at the three district goals and report what it believes are the four or five most important elements that lead to the accomplishment of those goals. Committee members were provided with a notebook of background materials and the document, "Most Important Resources to Meet Strategic Priorities" (attached to the original of these minutes). Also provided was a file box with additional background materials (to be located for reference in the office of the Secretary to the Board of Education).

    Mr. Rainwater reviewed and discussed the programs or resources listed for Reading, Mathematics and Attendance. For reading, the document states that the greatest positive impact on learning to read for the majority of young children, but especially for children from low-income households, occurs when a highly qualified teacher using current best teaching practices has a limited number of children in his/her classroom. Highly qualified teachers are the most critical factor for successful learning in young children; small class size is the next most significant factor. For Mathematics, the document states that the greatest positive impact on student learning of mathematics occurs when a highly qualified teacher of mathematics provides the instruction. It is assumed that for young children, and substantiated by the MMSD SAGE report 2003, that small class size is the second most critical factor. For Attendance, the document states that the greatest positive impact on improving attendance rates among all students occurs when a school establishes an attendance team which weekly reviews the attendance (or absences) of students and provides specific, individualized interventions for students who are missing school. For each of these goals, other critical factors are listed but not in priority order.

    The document also lists critical factors for the remaining strategic priorities - Offering Challenging, Diverse and Contemporary Curriculum and Instruction; Student Support; Staff Effectiveness; Home and Community Partnerships; and Fiscal Responsibility. The document concludes with a list of those items most important to appropriately placing students in special education.

    Discussion: High school evaluation - North Central Association. Perception that school districts are poor fiscal managers.

    Follow-Up: Provide a copy of the North Central Evaluation report. Explore "measures of excellence" section for web page and/or handout. Comparison of district accounting staff (number, amount in salaries) with a local, comparable business.

  3. Other Business

    There was no other business.

  4. Adjournment

    It was moved by Shwaw Vang and seconded by Bill Clingan to adjourn the meeting at 5:50 p.m. Motion unanimously carried by those present.