JCPS Expects Vote on Thomas Jefferson Middle Turn Around Model

by Devin Katayama on March 12, 2012

Thomas Jefferson Middle School has decided how it’ll turn around student achievement after being labeled persistently low achieving last year.

The school was named in the latest round of low-achieving schools according to the federal government’s No Child Left Behind standards. Thomas Jefferson Middle’s School-Based Decision Making council was allowed to choose one of four turnaround models, which included closing the school or handing over management, two options that have not been popular with the district.

The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote whether to approve the recommendation at tonight’s meeting.

Other more popular models are the transformation and re-staffing models. Four JCPS schools named in the latest group along with Thomas Jefferson Middle were approved to implement the transformation model earlier this year. That model measures teacher success by using student test scores and forces schools to set goals and support staff development.

The previous groups of low achieving JCPS schools are using the re-staffing model, which forces schools to change at least 50 percent of teachers.

The school hasn’t revealed which model it will recommend Monday.

If the board approves the recommendation, Thomas Jefferson Middle may receive School Improvement Grant money to help it implement the model. But that federal funding is in jeopardy of being cut by Congress.

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