Half of the 12 San Francisco schools on a preliminary state list of failing institutions are located in the Mission District.
Federal law requires the state to intervene once the state board of education meets on Thursday to approve the list, which now includes 188 schools across the state.
Intervention at the six schools–Cesar Chavez Elementary, Bryant Elementary, Horace Mann Middle School, Everett Middle School, Mission High School and John O’Connell High School–could mean four different possibilities including the replacement of the principals and up to 50 percent of the current faculty, according to a press release from the California Department of Education.
“This is an opportunity to make dramatic changes at chronically under-performing schools,” State Superintendent Jack O’Connell said in the press release. “The intervention choices provide an opportunity to make systemic changes that improve teaching and learning. As a result, we will help prepare thousands of students for a brighter future.”
Bryant Elementary and Cesar Chavez Elementary have failed to meet their federal improvement targets for more than five consecutive years. At Bryant Elementary 27.2 percent of its students are at least proficient in math and 28.6 percent in English. At Cesar Chavez, 32.9 percent of the students are at least proficient in math while 27.2 percent are proficient in English.
It’s unclear why Marshall Elementary and Moscone Elementary schools, which serve the same diverse population, have managed to rank much higher in state scores.
A power point presentation prepared by the state Department of Education explains the process for school that have failed to reach mandated improvement targets in the fourth and fifth years. One slide referring to the time line says, the school, ” must implement the restructuring plan no later than the beginning of the school year following the year in which the school was in its “planning for restructuring,” year four.
It’s unclear if any of the schools in their fifth year of so-called program improvement, have developed restructuring plans.
Horace Mann and Everett middle schools have also failed to meet their improvement targets for more than five years. At Everett 19.9 percent of the students are proficient in math and 25.4 percent in English. At Horace Mann, 16.8 percent are proficient in math and 29.9 percent in English.
Mission High School and John O’Connell High school failed to meet their mandated improvement at least two years in a row and both were placed on so-called program improvement list this year. At Mission High, 36 percent of the students test proficient in math and 26.2 percent in English. At John O’Connell, 23 percent are proficient in math and 24.3 percent in English.