Report notes Rochester City School District’s progress in addressing issues

A state-appointed education consultant released his initial quarterly report last month regarding the Rochester City School District’s progress in addressing its poor performance.

On March 15, Distinguished Educator Jaime Aquino released an 80-page quarterly report of the district’s actions from November 2018 to January 2019 in implementing the recommendations contained in his Distinguished Educator Report. The Distinguished Educator Report, released in November 2018, had listed 106 findings along with 84 recommendations for the support and advancement of the district and its schools.

The quarterly report noted that the district had, as recommended, begun the process of vetting and choosing a common English language arts K-6 culturally balanced literacy curriculum. The RCSD Curriculum Council will choose the districtwide curriculum, and the plan is to have the materials and professional training launched in time for the fall of 2019, according to the report.

The report also noted that the district has drafted a two-year plan to become more culturally inclusive. The plan includes continuation of current programs aimed at serving special-education students and English language learners.

Aquino also outlined in his report the following support and recommendations that he had provided to the RCSD from November 2018 to January 2019:

• Mentoring to the executive director of special education.

• Providing a sample of an English language learner master plan.

• Providing technical assistance in the selection process for an ELL curriculum.

• Sharing ideas to support low-performing schools.

• Sharing a process for developing a multiyear strategic plan and creating a citizen-based alliance.

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