Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Shelby County School system lacks coherence now, but shows some encouraging signs, study says

This Chalkbeat Tennessee article features our new assessment of Shelby County Schools' readiness to implement a portfolio strategy

Excerpt of blog by Oliver Morrison

Shelby County Schools excels at attracting and developing talent but lacks many of the other ingredients for a successful modern school system, according to a new independent review by the Center on Reinventing Public Education that was commissioned by the district.

The review focused on whether or not the district has the policies in place to support a mixed district that is composed of many kinds of schools including charter schools, district schools and schools that have been taken over by the state.

Memphis City and Legacy Shelby County school districts merged in 2013 in what became the largest school system merger in the history of the U.S. In the runup to the merger, a transition committee decided that the newly-formed Shelby County Schools would become a “portfolio district” in which “a district manages a portfolio of different school types, including some operated by charter organizations, and all schools are held to the same performance expectations,” according to the study.

Although the district received low marks, the report enumerated a number of assets that suggests SCS could soon improve…
Read the full article.