February 6, 2019
Dear BTW families,
I hope your February is off to a great start. We are truly excited about what this semester will bring!
Our Site Based Decision Making Committee (SBDM) designated a special sub-committee to explore class ranking options for our students. The Dallas Independent School District offers an option for schools to choose not to report class rank for all but the top 10% of each class. The SBDM sub-committee, along with the entire SBDM, has put forward a recommendation to pursue approval of this option beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
I am encouraging parents to attend our PTSA meeting on Tuesday, February 12th in our Black Box Theater. There will be a presentation on our class rank findings and an opportunity for parents to ask questions. I will send the presentation electronically to all stakeholders following this meeting for those that are unable to attend.
We will work with the DISD Office of Evaluation and Assessment for the next steps in the process. A ballot will be sent to all families to vote for or against this proposal. Per District Policy, we need at least a 60% response rate for the proposal to be considered. Of those respondents, at least 60% must vote in favor of the proposal for it to go into effect for the 2019-2020 school year. If approved, this option will remain in effect for five years before being reconsidered using this process.
I look forward to explaining this in greater detail at our Tuesday PTSA meeting. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts!
Scott M. Rudes, Ph.D