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Moore Traditional School to appeal data that brought state sanctions

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Site-based decision making council meeting at Moore Traditional School on April 11, 2016. Toni Konz/WDRB News photo. Site-based decision making council meeting at Moore Traditional School on April 11, 2016. Toni Konz/WDRB News photo.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The school council at Moore Traditional School will appeal the data that led to the state's declaring the school's principal unable to lead school turnaround efforts. However, the council delayed until Monday a vote on appealing the related recommendation to remove principal Vicki Lete from overseeing the middle school level at the school.

The site based decision making council (SBDM) met for about three hours Thursday afternoon. Members voted in favor of the data appeal. 

Its meeting comes after the state education department declared Moore a persistently-low performing school in 2015. Moore Traditional serves students in grades 6-12 at the middle school and high school levels.

The state's review, released in March, showed that Lete "does not have the capacity" to lead the turnaround efforts at the middle school level.

Lete has been Moore principal since 2008. 

Under the law, the range of interventions include: replacing the principal and site-based decision-making council, replacing more than half the faculty, closing the school and transferring its students to higher-performing schools or restarting the schools under the management of a private or nonprofit operator.

According to Moore's diagnostic review, the state's team observed 28 middle school classrooms. Overall it found "inconsistent use of instructional strategies that required student collaboration, self-reflection and development of critical thinking skills."

Some examples:

  • Students seldom had opportunities for differentiated learning and/or alternative lesson content and activities and students typically were not provided feedback.
  • The lack of connection between classroom instruction and students' daily lives and backgrounds was a theme prevalent across many classrooms.
  • Classroom observation data indicated inconsistent use of instructional strategies that required student collaboration, self-reflection and development of critical thinking skills.
  • Few students used any type of technology for their learning.

State auditors indicated that Moore middle school students "interacted respectfully with their peers and teachers and demonstrated knowledge of classroom rules and routines and demonstrated positive attitudes."

Survey data revealed that 18 percent of teachers agreed strongly agreed with the statement, "Our school's leaders engage effectively with all stakeholders about the school's purpose and direction."

Read more about the review and find a link to the full report on WDRB's March 30 story.

The Moore SBDM council meets again at 5:15 p.m. Monday at the school.

Also Thursday, the SBDM council at Byck Elementary school voted not to appeal the state's decision to strip it of its authority, after a state review of the school's turnaround efforts. However, the council may remain at the school for two years in an advisory capacity.

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