Executive Directors Begin New Roles in OPS

Four new officials in OPS schools, called executive directors, have begun in their roles of supporting principals.

OPS Superintendent Mark Evans said in a press conference Tuesday that the executive directors are former principals with a reputation of success.

"These are high quality principals who were getting results. Not only in student achievement but in other success measures," said Evans.

Each executive director works with about 20 schools and acts as a liaison between the school district and individual schools.

"There is just so much to do and so much to cover it is so nice to have someone who is supporting us, who is an advocate for us," said Kaye Goetzinger, the principal at Dundee Elementary.

A new academic action plan has been implemented throughout OPS this year and Evans said the plan is aggressive. For example, more minutes have been allocated to math class for K-12. And Evans said they hope to increase state test scores by about two or three percent each year.

In a presentation, Evans broke down the statewide test results for the 2013-2014 school year, and progress was mixed. In reading, over five years, NeSA scores have gone up from 52 percent to 63 percent.

In math, over four years, scores are up from 41 percent to 51 percent.

In science, over three years, scores are up from 42 percent to 49 percent.

But elementary students have seen the most progress in math proficiency scores, while middle and high school students' scores remained stagnant.

Goetzinger said the executive directors can help them implement the action plans and get schools on target.

"We know we've got work to do because some of the students aren't achieving so this action plans gives us a great guide as to what we need to do every single day," said Goetzinger.

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