Here is the RFQ (Request for Qualifications) created by DeKalb School System administrators seeking proposals from search firms interested in helping them hire a new superintendent.
Some of the description of DeKalb County schools is worth noting >>
Approximately 66.7 percent of the district’s students are African-American; 14.6 percent Hispanic, 10.9 percent are White; 6.0 percent are Asian/Hawaiian; and 1.8 percent are of different background or multiracial. DCSD employs nearly 14,000 employees of which 13,220 are school-based, including 6,200 classroom teachers. The district’s proposed general fund budget for FY2015 is $801 million.
DCSD currently owns and maintains 950 school buses with a daily transport of approximately 65,500 students and an average daily route of 61,797 miles.
DCSD’s student growth and achievement data includes:
2013 4-year Cohort Graduation Rate – 60.2%
Spring 2014 Competency Criterion Reference Test (CRCT) Proficiency/Passing Rates for Grades 3-8
o Reading – 89.2%
o ELA – 84.9%
o Math – 70.6%
o Science – 64.4%
o Social Studies – 67.4%
Spring 2014 End-of-Course Test (EOCT) Proficiency/Passing Rates
o 9th Grade Literature – 78.5%
o American Literature – 88.1%
o Biology – 61.9%
o Coordinate Algebra – 29.7%
o Economics – 80.0%
o Analytic Geometry – 29.5%
o Physical Science – 67.6%
o US History – 69.7%
State College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI)
There were approximately 447 High Schools represented in the data source.
DCSD has the #1 High School in the state of Georgia
The #1 High School in the State – DeKalb Early College Academy (DECA)
High Schools ranked in the top 5 – DECA and DeKalb School of the Arts (DSA)
The overall High School CCRPI Score is 62 for DeKalb and the state’s
average score is 71.8
There were approximately 597 Middle Schools listed in the data source.
DCSD has two schools ranked in the top 25 – Wadsworth Magnet School #5 and Kittredge Magnet School #25
One school ranked in top 15 – DeKalb PATH Academy #11
The overall Middle School CCRPI Score is 59.9 and the state’s average score is 59.9
There were approximately 1,347 Elementary schools listed in the data source.
The overall Elementary CCRPI Score is 62.9 and the state’s average score is 77.8
DeKalb’s individual school CCRPI data reflects that DeKalb has non-choice schools that are challenged in the areas of achievement and parental involvement/engagement.
Offer Pre-K education for approximately 2,300 four-year olds in 75 elementary schools
DCSD participates in numerous partnerships with foundations, universities, corporations, nonprofits, and community organizations.
DCSD offers a multitude of school options: Magnet, Theme, Start-up Charters, Conversion Charters.
Georgia law has mandated that by June 30, 2015, all school districts in the state must inform the Georgia Department of Education of any intention to seek waivers from state law and Department of Education policies and regulations. If a school district chooses not to seek any waivers, it must acknowledge that it will not do so and that it understands that none will be given after June 30, 2015, except in cases of natural disaster. What is being offered to school districts is the flexibility to innovate and increased autonomy, including waivers from state laws, rules, and guidelines, in exchange for greater accountability and higher student performance expectations.
These flexibility options are strongly connected to district and school-level governance and decision-making as well as how that governance impacts and influences student achievement.
They also require a commitment from parents, employees, and community members towards this governance and decision-making. The flexibility option submitted to the Department of Education is a decision that will guide and shape the future of the district.
DCSD considered three flexibility options (Educational Excellence [IE2] System, Charter System, Status Quo School System), including commentary and concerns from five community engagement sessions held across the district. After careful consideration and input from parents, employees, and community members, the district will work to complete and submit its charter petition to the Georgia Department of Education before November 1, 2014.
District Strategic Plan
DeKalb County School District has worked the last year to develop a long-term strategic direction that will guide the academic and operational goals of DCSD moving forward. The District in conjunction with the community at-large has held a series of internal and external stakeholder meetings in order to arrive at a set of goal areas and performance objectives:
Goal Area I: Student Success with Equity and Access
• Improve student’s mastery of learning standards
• Provide equitable access to academically rigorous courses and programs
• Increase graduation rate for all students
Goal Area II: Stakeholder Engagement
• Provide a safe, orderly, and positive school environment
• Increase stakeholder involvement and engagement
• Increase use of technology and innovative strategies
Goal Area III: Staff Efficacy and Excellence
• Improve district processes to attract highly qualified staff
• Develop a highly effective and accountable workforce
• Retain highly qualified staff
Goal Area IV: Internal and External Communication
• Improve and ensure district internal communication
• Bridge and improve communication with external stakeholders
Goal Area V: Organizational Effectiveness and Efficiency
• Develop an efficient organizational structure that supports a
• performance based culture
• Establish a decision-making model that sustains a high
• performance organization
• Improve efficient use of resources, processes and management structure to support
The Strategic Plan 2014-2019 will be presented to the DeKalb Board of Education fall of 2014 for final board approval. For more information, visit the weblink:
Addendum: We wanted everyone to see that we have lost approximately 800 teachers in 4 years — while gaining nearly 5,000 students.
Check out the 2009-2010 Fact Sheet showing 7,031 teachers and 97,690 students. (Compared to what is published in this RFQ, today we have only 6,200 teachers for over 100,500 students.)