Rochester Public Schools reworking strategic plan, needs parent input

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Published: Jan. 10, 2022 at 5:21 PM CST
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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) – The Rochester Public School District is restructuring its three-year blueprint for student learning and needs feedback from parents and the community in order to move forward.

“We’ll be adding this data to the work that our working groups have been doing as we work to refine our plan and have a strategy that the school board can vote on in June,” RPS Interim Superintendent Dr. Kent Pekel said.

So far, Pekel said focus groups have been working on some main concerns and the survey is the next step.

He said they have identified three goals, which includes creating multi-layer academic plans for students, having every student create a post-secondary plan as early as middle school and becoming more data driven.

“We’re going to be making decisions at the school level, at the district level, based on rapid reaction analysis of of data, not just text scores, but also data we get from a whole variety of things like grades, like attendance, like discipline rates,” he said.

Pekel said RPS doesn’t have a new testing strategy yet to gauge a student’s learning retention. He said the pandemic caused many students lose about six months worth of learning.

“We should have an academic acceleration strategy that over the next three years, that is very intentionally focused on going back and filling in those gaps in learning that kids have experienced and to some extent, continue to experience,” he said.

Parents can find the survey in their email. It takes about five minutes to fill out. The deadline to submit is is Jan. 16. The link to the survey can also be found here.

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