Student Outcomes Focused Governance
Seattle School Board Student Outcomes Focused Governance
The Seattle School Board is responsible for ensuring that the district is achieving the community’s vision for Seattle students while adhering to the community’s values of safe, anti-racist, high-quality learning environments.
Under Student Outcomes Focused Governance (SOFG), the School Board sets goals for student outcomes, based on the community’s vision for the district, and guardrails, based on the community’s values for how the vision will be achieved.
The SOFG Goals and Guardrails, adopted by the board on August 25, 2021 and revised October 26, 2022*, are aligned with Seattle Excellence and the Targeted Universalism holds that targeted and differentiated efforts are required to meet More theory of action laid out in the strategic plan.
The goals and guardrails make the strategic plan more focused, actionable, and provide clear metrics for accountability for the board to monitor student outcomes rather than adult inputs. It is in this manner that the board works, continuously, to create the conditions for superintendent, administrator, teacher and ultimately, student success.
Student Outcomes Focused Governance Goals and Guardrails Aligned with Seattle Excellence
- The percentage of Black boys who achieve English Language Arts proficiency or higher on the 3rd grade Determines studentsâ€™ progress toward graduation and college, career readiness in English language More will increase from 28% in June 2019, to 70% in June 2024.
- The percentage of Black boys and teens in 7th grade who achieve proficiency or higher on the 7th grade Determines studentsâ€™ progress toward graduation and college, career readiness in English language More in math will increase from 23% in June 2019, to 45% in June 2024 and to 70% in June 2026 – essentially doubling over 3 years and reaching the targeted 70% in 5 years.
- The percentage of Black boys and teens who graduate having successfully completed at least one advanced course will increase from 54% in June 2019 to 62% in June 2024
- The Superintendent will not allow school and district initiatives to go forth without engaging students of color furthest from educational justice and their families, including those who have a preferred language other than English and who require accommodations for disability.
- The Superintendent will not allow operational systems to deliver unreliable service.
- The Superintendent will not allow adult behaviors in central office, school buildings, or classrooms that are misaligned with district-wide vision, values, and anti-racism initiatives.
- The Superintendent will not allow the use of disciplinary actions as a substitute for culturally responsive behavioral and social emotional supports for students, with and without disabilities.
- The Superintendent will not allow any district department, school building, or classrooms to provide unwelcoming environments. Per Board Policy No. 0030, welcoming environments reflect and support the diversity of the district’s student population, their families, and community and promote a sense of belonging.
Goals and Guardrails Progress Monitoring
Through monitoring our progress toward these goals, we will ensure our students and families develop trust and confidence in the district and schools.
Student Outcomes Focused Governance Implementation
Over the course of the next year, the School Board and Seattle Public Schools More staff will be working to implement the shift to Student Outcomes Focused Governance. This will include board training sessions, community engagement, progress monitoring of the goals and guardrails, and substantive changes in board practices and policies.
In June 2022, Board President Hersey created an Ad Hoc Governance Committee to develop a plan and timeline for the Board’s implementation of Student Outcomes Focused Governance (SOFG). Directors Hampson, Rankin, and Song Maritz served on the committee and conducted their work from July 1 to September 30, 2022.
The committee identified eight areas of work where Board practices, structures, and policies required modification in order to transition to Student Outcomes Focused Governance.
The eight areas were:
- Implementation Timeline
- Board Committees
- Policy Manual
- Board Meeting Agenda
- Board-Superintendent Relationship
- Board Accountability
- Board Action Report
- Community Engagement
The committee conducted research, reviewed SOFG guidance documents, interviewed staff, and interviewed outside experts in the creation of their recommendations. Committee members identified the necessary steps, policy revisions, board or staff actions, and timeline for each transition area.
These recommendations were accepted by the Board on October 26, 2022.
View the Board Action Report and a full summary of the recommendations here: School Board Action Report – Acceptance of the Board Ad Hoc Governance Committee’s Recommendations for Implementation of Student Outcomes Focused Governance
View the Implementation Timeline here: School Board Ad Hoc Governance Committee’s Implementation Timeline, last updated October 2, 2023.