The purpose of the task force is to advise and work with its local board of directors and administration on closing the gap in academic achievement and on developing a collaborative plan for achieving that goal.
Each task force shall report to its local board of directors;
Each task force shall include key stakeholders in the community who are committed to improving the education of all children, especially those who are underachieving, and who agree to attend task force meetings on a regular basis, take an active role in discussions and activities, listen to the ideas, suggestions, and comments of other task force members as well as community members, inform other members of the school and community of the work of the task force, participate in any training for the task force members such as consensus building, problem-solving, and group dynamics, and seek actively data-driven solutions to improving the achievement of all students; and
Task force members shall be representative of community demographics, race, ethnic, gender, and socioeconomic diversity. It is recommended, but not required, that they include:
Three (3) parents to include one (1) parent who has a child at an elementary school, one (1) who has a child at a junior high or middle school, and one (1) who has a child at a high school selected by the Superintendent or his/her designee.
School administrators, teachers, instructional support personnel, exceptional children personnel, and second language specialists, each of whom shall be selected by the superintendent or his/her designee;
One (1) member of the local board of education;
One (1) representative of the local department of social services;
At least one (1) juvenile court counselor;
At least one (1) representative of local law enforcement;
Representatives from community-based organizations, as selected by the superintendent or his/her designee upon recommendation from those organizations;
Two (2) high school students, as recommended by their student councils and appointed by the superintendent or his/her designee; and
Any other community representatives, parents, or patrons, as selected by the superintendent or his/her designee.
Each task force shall:
Decide on training that it may need;
Determine what information and data the task force will need, plan and schedule presentations on the information and data which shall be disaggregated by race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Examples may include state test data, discipline statistics, teacher-student ratio, student and teacher attendance data, faculty composition by race, gender, ethnicity, and professional preparation of educators;
Define the communication process and person responsible for disseminating information to the public. Communication shall include the posting of information on a website and shall provide appropriate translations, as needed;
Set aside specific meetings to analyze and synthesize data and information.
The task force shall use the data to identify and prioritize the problems with student achievement;
Identify and review current effective programs and instructional strategies that address student achievement needs, identify criteria used to determine their effectiveness, determine changes to improve the effectiveness, identify gaps in services, and identify needed information to determine research-based programs and strategies that are effective in addressing the gaps; and
Prepare a report for the school and community that includes an implementation plan, benchmarks, and the monitoring process.
History. Acts 2003, No. 1777, § 3.
Legal Reference: Arkansas School of Laws 6-15-1603
Manual Adoption: 2/8/00