Superintendent Tommy Chang releases 100-Day Plan to Boston School Committee

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BOSTON – Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Tommy Chang released today a 100-Day Plan that defines the district’s core values and lays out a series of projects that chart a course to improve the level of education across BPS schools, develop high-quality schools close to home for all students, and close the achievement gap.

“We have a lot of work ahead of us, and I still have much listening and learning to do,” said Dr. Chang. “But if we believe that every child, every student in Boston Public Schools, no matter their race, language, or ability-background, can live up to their full potential and achieve at high-levels, then we can — and we will — inspire excellence in every corner of our city to create a world-class education system.”

In a seven-page report outlining his 100-Day Plan, Chang developed a set of core values that emerged from three months of collaboration with the BPS Transition Team, as well as during meetings with over 1,500 community members and visits to more than 30 schools across the city.

Highlights from the report, which will be presented to the Boston School Committee at its 6 p.m. meeting on Wednesday, July 15th, include projects that aim to:

Expand opportunities for all students to partake in the Advanced Work Class program, which offers an accelerated curriculum for students in grades 4, 5 and 6
Audit all high schools to determine which schools offer the coursework needed for students to complete MassCore curriculum
Create a performance meter that identifies key performance indicators that will well how well schools and the school district are achieving its stated goals and objectives
Develop a multiyear financial plan that leads to long-term fiscal stability

“I applaud Superintendent Chang for his work on these important issues facing our students and welcome him to the BPS community,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Boston children deserve the very best from our schools. This plan is major a step in laying the necessary groundwork to begin building a brighter future for all of our students so that they can excel in the classroom and in life.”

The report calls Boston “the model for what public education can be across the world” but also acknowledges the future challenges that face the district.

”There is still more work to be done,” says the report. “We must continue to adapt our practices to better meet our students’ needs.”

A major initiative of the 100-Day Plan, which will begin on the first day of school in September and culminate in January, is to develop a plan that transforms the city’s high schools into 21st century schools. Madison Park Technical Vocational High School will serve as a launch site for this objective. The plan will be integrated with the city’s “High School Redesign” effort led by Boston Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey.

“Boston will serve as a city where the promise of innovation can take form,” said Dr. Chang. “We want Madison Park to become a centerpiece for what vocational education can be in this state and this country.”

The projects described in the report will lead to the creation of a 3-year strategic plan and will also be incorporated into the Mayor long-term school facilities master plan and the School Committee’s Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force.

“The Boston School Committee is excited to begin working with Dr. Chang and his senior team to continue the improvement of Boston Public Schools,” said School Committee Chairman Michael D. O’Neill. “We have laid out an updated strategic vision for the district, including intense focus on closing opportunity and achievement gaps, which Dr. Chang has embraced. Everything we collectively do is focused on improving the opportunity for higher achievement by all our students, and this 100 Day plan emphasizes and guides that work.”

A key goal of the 100-Day Plan is to develop a roadmap to ensure that all students have access to a high-quality school of their choice close to home, and develop a “Culture of We” where students, staff, families, and community are united in the combined mission to close the achievement gap.

“We are excited to roll up our sleeves and begin the work to make the vision in this document a reality so that we can be one step closer to having all our students graduate prepared for college, career, and life,” said Dr. Chang.

More information on the 100-Day Plan can be found at: http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageID=1

The Boston Public Schools, the birthplace of public education in the United States,
serves more than 57,000 pre-kindergarten through grade 12 students in 127 schools.

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