Platform

Student Achievement

Utilize data-driven strategies to tackle learning loss and address opportunity gaps

Even before COVID, only 35% of Fort Worth ISD students met grade-level expectations. The COVID pandemic has disrupted learning and further compounded gaps in student achievement. We must implement evidence-based plans and strategies that support students and get all kids on track. We must address this opportunity gap with urgency. We must also measure and evaluate what works and replicate successes across the district to give all students the opportunity to achieve their potential.

Source: Texas Education Agency (TEA) Student Achievement
Photo credit: Amanda McCoy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Equity

Develop goals and an action plan with a strong equity lens and dismantle barriers to success
Over 80% of Fort Worth ISD students are economically disadvantaged and nearly 90% of the district’s students are students of color.¬†Disparities in achievement for students of color and economically disadvantaged students continue to exist. We must use the district’s equity framework to intentionally guide transformation and implement an equity action plan that moves this work forward and empowers all students to succeed.

Source: About Fort Worth ISD; Texas Education Agency (TEA) 2019 Closing the Gaps
Photo credit: Amanda McCoy, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Partnerships

Foster impactful school-community partnerships that support and supplement student learning

Research shows that school-community partnerships help to improve student academic outcomes. When schools and communities work together, everyone benefits. It will take a community effort to meet the academic and social-emotional learning needs of students beyond the pandemic. We must foster meaningful, strategic school-community partnerships that make a positive impact on students, both inside and outside of the classroom.

Source: National Center on Safe Supportive Learning Environments
Photo credit: Read Fort Worth

Governance

Implement policy that focuses intensely on improving student outcomes and exercises responsible stewardship
Fort Worth ISD utilizes the Lone Star Governance continuous-improvement model, which focuses on improving student outcomes and provides guidance on legal responsibilities, optimal use of time and management of finances. We must continue to use governance best practices that drive student success.

Source: Texas Education Agency (TEA) Lone Star Governance