Is the hammer coming for Gibbs High School?
Gibbs’ F grade is harsh enough, but another negative label may be coming, with even more impact: “Intervene.”
Under the state’s new differentiated accountability system (“DA” for short), schools that don’t meet federal standards under No Child Left Behind fall into one of five categories - Prevent I, Prevent II, Correct I, Correct II and Intervene. Each category is tied to different levels of shake-up and oversight from the state and district. But Intervene is the big hammer, because it requires schools to either shut down or “reconstitute” (either as a charter, or under private management, or under district management) if they don’t show substantial improvements within one year.
Last year, Gibbs fell into Prevent II, a milder category. But this year, based on its FCAT scores, it looks likes it’s skirting the line between Correct II and Intervene, the two most intensive.
Schools are put into Intervene if they are D or F schools that meet three of the four following conditions: 1) 65 percent or more of their students are not reading at grade level, 2) 65 percent or more are not doing math at grade level, 3) the percentage reading at grade level has not improved over the past five years, and 4) the percentage doing math at grade level has not improved over the past five years.
According to Gibbs’ “adequately yearly progress” reports (which you can find here on the Department of Education Web site), 31 percent of its students were reading at grade level in 2009, the same as in 2004, and 47 percent were doing math at grade level, the same as in 2004.
The DOE says the DA labels should be out this week.