Archive for Thursday, May 6, 2004

Board considers curriculum change

May 6, 2004

As with past revisions to programs in the Basehor-Linwood School District, the latest revision is "teacher-developed and teacher-driven instruction," said Jill Hackett, school district supertintendent.

At next week's meeting, on Monday, May 10, the Basehor-Linwood School Board will vote on proposed changes for Kindergarten through 12th grade communication arts curriculum. Communication arts include subjects such as foreign language, reading and English.

If the revisions are approved, communication arts will be the third curriculum overhauled by the school district in two years. Science revisions were approved in 2003 and math revisions earlier this year.

Changes to curriculum are necessary for Basehor-Linwood, as well as school districts across the country, in complying with the No Child Left Behind Act, a federal education bill placing an emphasis on students earning high marks on state assessment tests.

Hackett said the first goal of the revisions is to improve education in the classroom followed by a need to align day-to-day learning with areas students will be quizzed on when taking the assessment tests.

Throughout the school year, 18 to 20 teachers and administrators met in workshops to map out revisions in the K-12 communication arts program. The superintendent said it was important that teachers be brought in on the revisions since they will be the ones putting the theory into practice.

The group has worked well together, as have past revision teams, in completing their task, Hackett said.

"I couldn't be more pleased with what I've seen," she said.

Communication arts isn't the last school district curriculum that will be revised. Up next for the administrators and educators will be revisions to the physical education and health programs, and soon after that, the technology program.

With the No Child Left Behind Act, refining curriculums will most likely be a continuos undertaking for the school district.

"It's a constant process," Hackett said.

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