PPS focuses on three priorities to drive progress
Superintendent Carole Smith announced three priorities at the start of the school year around which the school district is organizing itself and investing resources. The priorities reflect the areas in need of focus evidenced in the district's Achievement Compact results. The priorities are:
- Reading: All students reading to learn by the end of third grade.
- Discipline: Reducing out-of-school discipline and the disparity in discipline between white students and students of color by 50 percent. (Keeping students in school learning – to read, to stay on track, to graduate)
- Graduation: Accelerating improvement in the high school graduation and completion rates.
Smith announced her priorities in her back-to-school message in fall 2014, "Sharing the excitement of a new school year."