In response to the Montgomery County Latino Education Coalition report, Recommendations for Improving Latino Student Achievement, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) established the MCPS Latino Education Coalition Steering Committee. This committee benchmarked districts across the nation, researched best practices, and recommended initiatives and strategies to highlight the strengths and address the needs of Latino students. The Office of Shared Accountability (OSA) conducted a mixed-method evaluation of the implementation of the strategies and programs recommended by the MCPS Latino Education Coalition Steering Committee, including document review and survey results from staff members, students, and parents. Data was collected during the fall and winter of the 2007-2008 school year.
Findings reveal that the Students Engaged in Pathways to Achievement (SEPA) program component; the family involvement component; and the human resources recruitment, retention, and training component were all successfully implemented. Some of the recommendations included continuing to monitor implementation, reviewing the content and focus of professional development opportunities, conducting analysis of attendance patterns of SEPA participants, and examining the impact of participation in the SEPA program on English-language development.
Latino Education Coalition Report FINAL COPY.pdf (514KB PDF)