Archive for Thursday, December 23, 2004

Schools ready to adopt standards-based classes

December 23, 2004

Next month, administrators from Basehor-Linwood Middle School will present a proposal for standards-based classes in math and reading for students struggling in those areas.
Middle school principal Mike Boyd told Basehor-Linwood School Board members Monday night that the proposed classes will be similar in scope to a program initiated by Basehor-Linwood High School administrators earlier this year.
The line of thinking behind the standards-based classes is simple, Boyd said.
"We're just looking for a way to catch kids up," Boyd said. "We're trying to move those kids out of the flagged areas."
The standards-based courses include teaching "the basics and fundamentals that kids struggle with" to seventh-grade students in math and eighth-grade students in reading. Student scores on assessment tests and class grades will determine placement in the standards based courses, Boyd said.
The high school implemented standards-based courses, as well as test preparatory classes, for students struggling in English and math.
There are currently 28 students who would qualify for the reading classes and 37 students in math, Boyd said.
"Hopefully what we'll be able to do is reduce these numbers way down," he said.
The classes will be given to students in place of elective courses and credit will be given to students successfully completing course work.
In other news, the School Board:
¢ Approved, 7-0, a district communication plan.
¢ Approved, 7-0, a potential course description guide for Basehor-Linwood High School.
¢ Approved, 7-0, a proposal to resolve traffic flow problems at Basehor Elementary School.
¢ Approved, 7-0, resignations of Don Mayberry, a maintenance employee; Kenneth Couch, a teacher and head soccer coach at the high school; and Kevin Vincent, an assistant track coach at the high school.
¢ Approved, 7-0, the hiring of Steven Brantley, high school maintenance worker.

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