Incoming Columbus City Schools Superintendent talks academic distress, state report card


Incoming Columbus City Schools Superintendent talks academic distress, state report card

The incoming Columbus City Schools superintendent said she plans to give taxpayers a return in their investment.

Dr. Talisa Dixon spoke with Scoring Our Schools Friday and days after she signed her $242,000 a year contract.

“Only you know your own worth,” Dr. Dixon told Scoring Our Schools. “I know my salary is comparable to the other large districts.”

Dr. Dixon admitted her starting date at Columbus City Schools stalled her negotiations. The Board of Education in Columbus wanted her to start in January while her current board wanted her to start after the school year. Her official date will be March 4th.

Dr. Dixon said she had yet to look at and analyze the data for CCS. Data from the 2017-2018 school year led the district to an overall “F” on the state report card. A break down of the scores by school show less than 5% of students in certain grade levels passed the state English Language Arts Test.

No student in the sixth grade class of Beatty Park Elementary School passed at all.

“It’s unacceptable,” said Dr. Dixon, “ are students must show mastery. How does that tests that they are administering align with what we’re teaching and the curricula that’s happening in the classroom? Are there other supports we must provide to those schools and those teachers to make sure students are learning? We have to ask ourselves that and answer that question.”

Dr. Dixon’s answers to other pressing issues for Columbus City Schools will make up will be addressed Monday in Scoring Our School’s in-depth report.

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