Achievement gap a focus at board meetingThe achievement gap — the difference in academic performance between students with socio-economic advantages and students without them — comes up for an extended discussion by the board of the Sequoia Union High School District on Wednesday, Feb. 15.
The board meets at 5:30 p.m. in the district office at 480 James Ave. in Redwood City.
A Sequoia board retreat in January produced four priorities: address the achievement gap, enhance teacher effectiveness, systematically examine career technical education (CTE) courses, and re-examine the district's resources as they relate to these priorities.
A staff report notes board member Chris Thomsen proposing seven "essential questions" to be considered in Wednesday's achievement-gap discussion and for the board going forward. Among them:
• What activities are specifically meant to address the gap? Which have met with the most success?
• What are the best achievement-gap-reducing practices out there? What does the research show?
• What are the goals for the board as apart from teachers and staff?
Another question on the agenda: Does the board feel a need to have such sets of essential questions for the district's other three priorities?