Following state leadership audits conducted in early December at three “struggling” high schools in Louisville, KY, school-based decision making councils and/or principals will be replaced. Findings of the audits showed evidence of insufficient leadership capabilities of the principal and/or councils at the schools, less than rigorous classroom instruction, failure to set high expectations for the learning of all students, and a failure to appropriately engage parents and families.
Identifying problems is an essential first step toward improving student learning in schools, but it is only the beginning of the change process. Now, Jefferson County Public School officials must decide which state-approved intervention models will be best for reforming these schools. Those decisions are scheduled to be made in late January. Let us hope that school board officials adopt models that are most appropriate for meeting individual schools’ needs and not just the ones that are most expedient.