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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Hamilton Schools trying to boost test performance

On hearing an annual report on what Superintendent James Parla called "abysmal" test scores (you can fid more here) the district detailed a number of ways it would try to better its performance in previous years.

Mike Gilbert, the director of curriculum and instruction, said they had a number of areas they would try to improve performance including additional staffing. He said they had also instituted a teaching evaluation system, a developmental kindergarten, transitional first grade, increased tutoring and online resources.

Parla said he would outline a strategic plan at the next meeting to get a framework for improving test scores, goals and resources.

"These results just are not going to stand," he said.

Members of the public, including board candidate George Fisher, criticized the board for the test scores.

"First of all, thank you Dr. Parla, this is the first time in at least 10 years of an honest presentation of the status of the district," he said. "You wonder why the public isn’t coming out, they have nothing to come out for."


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