The Lawrence school board on Monday will consider whether the district should volunteer to participate in a new state program of outcomes-based school accreditation.
Last year, the State Department of Education commissioned the Outcomes-Based Accreditation Task Force with the responsibility of developing a proposal to accredit schools on the basis of student outcomes.
Traditionally, schools have been accredited by what educators call "inputs," such as the number of courses offered, the number of books in the library, the teacher-student ratio and the type of textbooks used.
But the task force proposal, which has been submitted to the state department and subsequently amended and approved, emphasizes student performance, and it calls upon each school and school district to decide what students should learn at each grade level.
THE STATE is now receiving applications from those districts that wish to be one of the 50 volunteer, pilot districts to initiate the plan, which is referred to as the Quality Performance Accreditation plan.
A Lawrence school administrators' report recommends that the district apply to participate in the program. Because the state department is asking that applications be made by April 5, the board is likely to decide the matter Monday.
The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Lawrence High School library, 1901 La. The board usually meets at 7:30 p.m. but has altered its schedule to allow two board members to participate in a school board candidate forum later Monday night.
IN OTHER business, the board is scheduled to:
Consider submitting to the State Department of Education a project proposal that, if approved, would be funded through Title VI-B of the Individuals with Disabilities Act.
Hear the first reading of a board policy revision that would assign a number to a board policy that presently has no assigned number.
Set a date for a planning session to review district goals.
Consider approving the establishment of a volunteer program.
Hear a report from Randy Weseman, principal at South Junior High School, about a recent symposium sponsored by the Kansas Association for Middle Level Educators.
Hear a report from Mary Lou Wright, board vice president, about a grant application for landscaping at LHS.
Hear a report on enrollment problem areas.
Hold an executive session on personnel and negotiations.