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Support Education Scorecard Pilot in the Mississippi Delta

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Mar 6, 2013

Support Education Scorecard Pilot in the Mississippi Delta

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Synopsis

The Center for Education Innovation has developed and piloted a one-page, easy to understand Education Scorecard (picture included) that has been field tested and has received great reviews (and tweaks) from Delta parents, students, and community members. The Center is now looking for $10,000 financial support to take this successful pilot project to scale across the Mississippi Delta. The funds will cover the development, publication, and dissemination of the Education Scorecards for all 32 school districts in the 17 Delta Counties so that parents and communities can advocate for what is best for their children based on real data.

 

Background

Transparency is fundamental to ensuring excellent education quality and true parent/community involvement in advocating for what is best for children. Unfortunately, education data can be hard to find and even harder to understand as data is reported out in multiple inaccessible places, in non-user friendly formats, and in needlessly confusing reports.

 

Parents and community members are left to make choices for their children without a comprehensive picture of their school’s performance. Additionally, the lack of specific data destroys the ability of families and communities to advocate for excellence in their local schools.

 

These realities are especially true in the 17 counties of the Mississippi Delta where 95,633 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are split up into 32 school districts and another 32,000 zero to 4-year olds are about to enter the system.  The Delta’s 525,000 residents, parents, and family members have the right to easily understandable and accessible information about their local schools.

 

The Education Scorecard Project

In order to address the transparency problem, the Center for Education Innovation has developed and piloted a one-page, easy to understand Education Scorecard (picture included) that has been field tested and has received great reviews (and tweaks) from Delta parents, students, and community members. The Center is now looking for financial support to take this successful pilot project to scale across the Mississippi Delta. The funds will cover the development, publication, and dissemination of the Education Scorecards for all 32 school districts in the 17 Delta Counties so that parents and communities can advocate for what is best for their children based on real data.

 

Budget: $10,000 (1.9 cents per Delta resident) or just under 8 cents per child age zero to 12th grade in the target counties. Funds will be used for modest intern stipends (if needed) and for the publishing and dissemination of the Education Scorecards. Any funds donated above the budgeted amount will be used to ensure even deeper penetration of the Education Scorecards and/or (upon request and availability of funds) the addition of more counties in Mississippi outside of the Delta.

 

Scorecard Specifics

 

Education Scorecards take already public data from many spreadsheets, multiple online sources, and hard to read existing accountability reports from the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts and put them into a one page, color-coded, people friendly paper that parents and community members can easily understand. The Scorecards do NOT advocate for any particular reform, change, or stance, but simply lay out data in an easy to read manner so that parents, families, and communities can make informed decisions. Data on the Education Scorecard includes school/district performance and accountability ratings, high school graduation rate, school enrollment, ACT performance, and state testing outcomes. 

 

Snapshot of Education Scorecard Service Area:

Delta Counties: Washington, DeSoto, Humphreys, Carroll, Issaquena, Panola, Quitman, Bolivar, Coahoma, Leflore, Sunflower, Sharkey, Tunica, Tallahatchie, Holmes, Yazoo, and Warren.

Total Population Impacted: 525,000

Student Population K-12: 95,633

Age Zero to 12th grade Population: ~127,500






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Dear CrowdTilt supporters,

Just wanted to give you a quick update and thank you for your help in getting the Education Scorecards off the ground last year as a pilot. The monies you all contributed ended up not only covering the pilot portion, but were strategically stretched to get the Education Scorecards state-wide!

In just the first 24 hours, over 12,500 people viewed the Scorecards and every day more and more are downloading them, printing them, and distributing them throughout their communities.

Parents, families, community members, and schools have been utilizing the easily understood information to make changes in their local schools and to push for improvements in education across Mississippi.

Your support made all of this happen and for that we thank you.

Here's the link to the final Scorecards for 2013 in case you wanted to check them out: http://mscei.com/community-engagement/education-scorecards/

Thank you again,

-Babak & CEI Team
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Dear CrowdTilt supporters,

Just wanted to give you a quick update and thank you for your help in getting the Education Scorecards off the ground last year as a pilot. The monies you all contributed ended up not only covering the pilot portion, but were strategically stretched to get the Education Scorecards state-wide!

In just the first 24 hours, over 12,500 people viewed the Scorecards and every day more and more are downloading them, printing them, and distributing them throughout their communities.

Parents, families, community members, and schools have been utilizing the easily understood information to make changes in their local schools and to push for improvements in education across Mississippi.

Your support made all of this happen and for that we thank you.

Here's the link to the final Scorecards for 2013 in case you wanted to check them out: http://mscei.com/community-engagement/education-scorecards/

Thank you again,

-Babak & CEI Team
April 16th Update for the Education Scorecards:

Dear friends,

Just wanted to give you a quick update on our progress. We have 23 school districts and 10 counties completed, so we are about 2/3 of the way to completion!

The Scorecards are already being placed in circulation in communities where the cards are complete and links to scorecards will be posted online at the Center’s website for even wider circulation.

If you all want me to e-mail you a particular card, just let me know and I can make it happen! Also, if you have friends or others that live in the Delta, please pass along the Scorecards so that they can get the community conversation going!

Thank you all again for your wonderful support of this great project!

-Babak

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April 16th Update for the Education Scorecards:

Dear friends,

Just wanted to give you a quick update on our progress. We have 23 school districts and 10 counties completed, so we are about 2/3 of the way to completion!

The Scorecards are already being placed in circulation in communities where the cards are complete and links to scorecards will be posted online at the Center’s website for even wider circulation.

If you all want me to e-mail you a particular card, just let me know and I can make it happen! Also, if you have friends or others that live in the Delta, please pass along the Scorecards so that they can get the community conversation going!

Thank you all again for your wonderful support of this great project!

-Babak

Dear wonderful supporters,

We are nearing the half way point in our Education Scorecard development. We have 15 Delta districts worth of scorecards completed and 1 special non-Delta request as well. We have 17 more Delta districts to complete and we’ll be ready for our official roll out.

Meanwhile, we have already begun distributing Scorecards throughout our networks and getting them to parents so that they can advocate for their children. Meanwhile, we’re developing an online posting mechanism in addition to the paper copies in order to widen access to the Scorecards. If you’d like a copy of a specific district just let me know and I can e-mail it your way!

Thank you again for your support of parents and children in the Mississippi Delta,

-Babak

Report Cards Completed:
Quitman County
North Bolivar
Mound Bayou
Cleveland
Shaw
Benoit
West Bolivar
Coahoma County
Greenwood
Leflore County
Sunflower County
Indianola
Drew
Yazoo City
Holmes County
Louisville Municipal
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Dear wonderful supporters,

We are nearing the half way point in our Education Scorecard development. We have 15 Delta districts worth of scorecards completed and 1 special non-Delta request as well. We have 17 more Delta districts to complete and we’ll be ready for our official roll out.

Meanwhile, we have already begun distributing Scorecards throughout our networks and getting them to parents so that they can advocate for their children. Meanwhile, we’re developing an online posting mechanism in addition to the paper copies in order to widen access to the Scorecards. If you’d like a copy of a specific district just let me know and I can e-mail it your way!

Thank you again for your support of parents and children in the Mississippi Delta,

-Babak

Report Cards Completed:
Quitman County
North Bolivar
Mound Bayou
Cleveland
Shaw
Benoit
West Bolivar
Coahoma County
Greenwood
Leflore County
Sunflower County
Indianola
Drew
Yazoo City
Holmes County
Louisville Municipal
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Update #2: We’re only $387 away from Tilting! In the meantime, we have had 3 counties worth of scorecards developed, developed strategic partnerships that have significantly reduced our costs, and begun work with our (free) interns to make this all work perfectly! Please help get the word out we only have 2 more days!
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Update #2: We’re only $387 away from Tilting! In the meantime, we have had 3 counties worth of scorecards developed, developed strategic partnerships that have significantly reduced our costs, and begun work with our (free) interns to make this all work perfectly! Please help get the word out we only have 2 more days!
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Campaign Description:

Synopsis

The Center for Education Innovation has developed and piloted a one-page, easy to understand Education Scorecard (picture included) that has been field tested and has received great reviews (and tweaks) from Delta parents, students, and community members. The Center is now looking for $10,000 financial support to take this successful pilot project to scale across the Mississippi Delta. The funds will cover the development, publication, and dissemination of the Education Scorecards for all 32 school districts in the 17 Delta Counties so that parents and communities can advocate for what is best for their children based on real data.

 

Background

Transparency is fundamental to ensuring excellent education quality and true parent/community involvement in advocating for what is best for children. Unfortunately, education data can be hard to find and even harder to understand as data is reported out in multiple inaccessible places, in non-user friendly formats, and in needlessly confusing reports.

 

Parents and community members are left to make choices for their children without a comprehensive picture of their school’s performance. Additionally, the lack of specific data destroys the ability of families and communities to advocate for excellence in their local schools.

 

These realities are especially true in the 17 counties of the Mississippi Delta where 95,633 students in Kindergarten through 12th grade are split up into 32 school districts and another 32,000 zero to 4-year olds are about to enter the system.  The Delta’s 525,000 residents, parents, and family members have the right to easily understandable and accessible information about their local schools.

 

The Education Scorecard Project

In order to address the transparency problem, the Center for Education Innovation has developed and piloted a one-page, easy to understand Education Scorecard (picture included) that has been field tested and has received great reviews (and tweaks) from Delta parents, students, and community members. The Center is now looking for financial support to take this successful pilot project to scale across the Mississippi Delta. The funds will cover the development, publication, and dissemination of the Education Scorecards for all 32 school districts in the 17 Delta Counties so that parents and communities can advocate for what is best for their children based on real data.

 

Budget: $10,000 (1.9 cents per Delta resident) or just under 8 cents per child age zero to 12th grade in the target counties. Funds will be used for modest intern stipends (if needed) and for the publishing and dissemination of the Education Scorecards. Any funds donated above the budgeted amount will be used to ensure even deeper penetration of the Education Scorecards and/or (upon request and availability of funds) the addition of more counties in Mississippi outside of the Delta.

 

Scorecard Specifics

 

Education Scorecards take already public data from many spreadsheets, multiple online sources, and hard to read existing accountability reports from the Mississippi Department of Education and local school districts and put them into a one page, color-coded, people friendly paper that parents and community members can easily understand. The Scorecards do NOT advocate for any particular reform, change, or stance, but simply lay out data in an easy to read manner so that parents, families, and communities can make informed decisions. Data on the Education Scorecard includes school/district performance and accountability ratings, high school graduation rate, school enrollment, ACT performance, and state testing outcomes. 

 

Snapshot of Education Scorecard Service Area:

Delta Counties: Washington, DeSoto, Humphreys, Carroll, Issaquena, Panola, Quitman, Bolivar, Coahoma, Leflore, Sunflower, Sharkey, Tunica, Tallahatchie, Holmes, Yazoo, and Warren.

Total Population Impacted: 525,000

Student Population K-12: 95,633

Age Zero to 12th grade Population: ~127,500






 
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