Incoming San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten believes taxpayers have the right to know how their schools are doing.
She thinks everyone should have access to fair and wide-ranging assessments of local schools, so the public can know that their money is being well-spent, and so parents can make well-informed decisions about where to educate their kids.
When she takes the reins at the district on July 1, Marten will inherit a three-year effort to figure out how to best define a successful school known as the “12 Indicators of Quality Schools.” But Marten will be largely on her own to create a system for measuring which schools are actually faring well, and which are struggling.
Marten’s arrival at the district promises to jump-start the next phase of the 12 quality indicators effort. In an interview two weeks ago, Marten chided the district for dragging its feet in implementing the program, and said she plans to get started right away.
Her task won’t be simple.