2008-2009 Goals of the Cambridge School
Committee and Administration
(Adopted October 7, 2008)
The School Committee and the administration have jointly developed goals for the Cambridge Public Schools that are accompanied by measures of progress. The goals are intended to provide improvement targets and guidance for teaching/learning and school district operations. The goals are focused on the challenges of providing a creative and rewarding high-quality education, accelerating and increasing achievement for all students, and surpassing state and federal requirements.
The goals will be carried out through a creative approach based upon:
Families and community partnerships are vital to successful education. We recognize the necessity of committed staff and involved community to help students develop as thinkers, doers, appreciators, and contributing citizens of the school, community and society.
Cambridge Public Schools Goals for 2008-2009
Cambridge Public Schools Goals and Metrics for 2008 - 2009
Goal 1: Accelerate achievement for all students.
- There will be an annual increase in CPI in Math and ELA. There will be an increase in the percentage of students performing proficient and advanced. There will be a decrease in the percentage of students failing MCAS.
- Students and sub-groups not meeting target growth rates will show an accelerated rate of improvement.
- School AYP results will continue to improve each year in ELA and Math in the aggregate and by subgroups.
- All School Improvement Plans will include measurable MCAS improvement targets for the aggregate and the subgroups as calculated by the state.
- The School Improvement Plans will include quantified performance goals for the percentage of students falling into the Proficient and Advanced categories
- The 5 year cohort graduation rate will continue to increase each year.
- The percentage of students attending college, as indicated by the National Student Clearinghouse and internal measures, or trade school or the military, will increase and be more than 90%.
- All students will have a post-graduation transition plan created prior to graduation.
- Increase the percentage of students in the aggregate and by sub-group successfully completing AP courses.
Goal 2: Students will demonstrate skills in critical thinking, collaboration, problem solving, global awareness and communication.
Goal 3: Establish and implement a system for longitudinal assessment of student growth over time.
Goal 4: Utilize strategic planning process/documents to guide decision making for the next 3 to 5 year period.
Goal 5: Ensure a safe, nurturing and healthy school environment.
Adopted October 7, 2008 (C08-373)