Building Blocks: From Preschool and Beyond

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Building Blocks: From Preschool and Beyond

Following is a summary of the goals set by the Rochester, N.Y., schools to apply to children from preschool through high school.

  • Student Achievement and Citizenship

  • Reading proficiency: By 1999, nine out of 10 students will exceed state reading-performance standards.
  • Regents' and higher-level courses: By 1999, 5,000 students will pass state regents' or higher-level courses.
  • Lower-level courses: By September 1998, the district will eliminate all non-regents'-level courses in core subjects for high school students.
  • Graduation rates: By 1999, at least 85 percent of students will graduate. Safe and Supportive Schools
  • Chronic discipline problems: The district will set up an additional alternative-learning site by September 1997.
  • Family-wellness centers and health clinics: By 1999, the district will have family-wellness centers in all middle schools and one health clinic in each high school.

    Community-School Partnerships

  • Preschool: By 1999, all 4-year-olds should attend preschool.
  • Jobs and scholarships: Beginning with the 1995-96 graduating class, partnerships will provide 100 full-time jobs each year for graduates who meet academic and workplace standards, and the number of area college and university scholarships will increase by 15 percent each year.

    District Accountability

  • Cost reduction: By the 1996-97 fiscal year, the district will cut expenditures on noninstructional activities by 2 percent to 5 percent per year.

Source: Rochester City School District.

Vol. 15, Issue 11

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