Nine DeKalb County grade schools are losing their principals this school year in what Superintendent Steve Green says are endeavors to revive schools not showing progress in a few key ranges.
District officials said letters were sent home Friday with students from Dresden, Rock Chapel, Panola Way, Oak View, International Student Center, Shadow Rock, Stoneview, Flat Rock and Snapfinger elementary schools.
“There’s an accountability element here that we’re not shying away from,” Green said. “We developed a rubric that we would need to see certain evidence of progress in areas and if we saw that, we would continue with the leadership at that school. If we didn’t, we would be honest … that perhaps it’s better to give the school a chance to reboot and also reassign the leadership in that area.”
The move draws close to the finish of Green’s second year driving the locale. In that time, he’s built up himself as a supporter of nearby regions driving the route in school turnaround endeavors, frequently voicing his discontent as Gov. Nathan Deal looked for a free school area for the state’s coming up short schools.
But test scores across the district have largely been stagnant, with few success stories among the mix as schools work their way off low-performing lists.
The district already has advertised for new school administrators on its website, Green said. The district also will be looking at candidates coming from a leadership program it runs, with participants from across the district.
The move comes amid many classroom changes for students, including a newly written curriculum plan designed by current teachers and administrators.
Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
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