‘ACE schools’ to be identified at end of March

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The district is continuing to refine the draft Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Plan that would improve the distribution of effective teachers through educator choice and incentives.

In his latest Notes From the Superintendent, Superintendent Mike Miles said plans call for ACE to begin as a pilot program at six Improvement Required (IR) schools that will be identified at the end of March 2015.

The district will begin the implementation of the Accelerating Campus Excellence (ACE) Plan in the 2015-16 school year. Miles said in February that the pilot program is a part of the district’s goal to get an effective teacher in every classroom.

Distinguished Teacher Review-eligible teachers who voluntarily choose to move to one of the selected schools will receive a stipend. DTR-eligible teachers already at these schools will also receive stipends if they voluntarily choose to remain there, Miles said. The DTR process is a part of the Teacher Excellence Initiative, the district’s new evaluation system that defines and rewards effective teaching. To learn more about the DTR process, click here.

DTR-eligible teachers interested in the ACE program should not apply in the open transfer process, Miles said. There will be a separate process for DTR-eligible teachers to apply to an ACE campus. Details will be available after the six ACE schools are identified.

In February, Miles cited national research that showed that a lower percentage of effective teachers teach at schools that struggle the most. He said that Dallas ISD principals in December identified 1,470 teachers as their most effective or “distinguished eligible.” Among the district’s “Improvement Required” (IR) schools, only 7.9 percent of teachers were identified as distinguished eligible.

More information about the DRAFT ACE plan can be found here.

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