Archive for Thursday, February 12, 2004

Parents can check kids’ progress on line

February 12, 2004

Parents with children enrolled in the Basehor-Linwood School District now can go online and view material being taught to them in such subjects as science and math.

School officials announced this week that the district's Internet Web site, www.usd458.k12.ks.us, now will feature links for parents, as well as teachers, to follow kindergarten through 12th grade science and math curriculums.

"If a parent is wondering 'What's my first grader doing?' they can now go right to this link and get all the concepts their child is going to be learning," said Bill Hatfield, Basehor-Linwood School District assistant superintendent.

In the last two years, the school district revised its math and science curriculum to align with state standards and benchmarks as mandated by the state assessment tests.

A section of the revisions include a new procedure in which students are to be taught areas on assessment tests three times in the classroom before being tested on it. This procedure is marked on the Web site link as introduction, developed and mastered.

The links will be valuable to parents with students already enrolled in the district as well as parents new to the district, Hatfield said.

"They'll now be able to pull this up, see where their child needs to be and help them get ready," the assistant superintendent said.

The curriculum overhaul won't end with science and math in Basehor-Linwood. This spring, administrators and educators are set to redesign the curriculum for communicative arts and technology integration, Hatfield said.

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