Policy Proposal: Connection to the Focal Problem

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Higher Quality Rating (3 points)

The viewer can discern a relationship between policy proposal and focal problem, but this connection is not made explicit by the presenters.

Written Example: The students begin their presentation by discussing the positive affects ethnic studies courses have on K-12 students. While their proposed policy to require ethnic studies courses in their district at the 8th grade level, the students do not  specifically state how this might specifically address the problem of push out rates in the district.

Video Example: The presenters identify income disparity as one of the main problems in their community (in addition to gang violence and unsafe outdoor recreational spaces). Their proposal, to improve and maintain one of their local parks, can be understood by the audience as an attempt to address the visible inequality in different neighborhoods based on income level. However, the connection between differences in neighborhood income levels and the poor condition of their neighborhood parks is not clearly made by the students.

Mid-Quality Rating (2 points)

The policy proposal does not relate to the focal problem or contradicts what was said earlier in the presentation about the problem.

Written Example: Students studying push out rates in school, specifically focusing on the detrimental effects Eurocentric curriculum has on students of color, propose a policy that ethnic studies courses be offered as an advanced honors course during students senior year of study. This policy does not address the severe impact Eurocentric curriculum has on students for the years leading up to their senior year, resulting in push out rates and preventing students from reaching the requirements to take the course.

Video Example: The students are not clear in linking their policy (creating bike paths) with the problem (youth living in poverty) they have identified. During the presentation, they do not identify how children will be removed from poverty by providing bike paths or ‘inspiring play’.

 

LowerQuality Rating (1 point)

No policy proposal is offered.

Example: The students discuss studying push out rates in school, specifically focusing on the detrimental effects Eurocentric curriculum has on students of color, but do not provide any ideas or policy recommendations for how to address this issue.