Nashua school board eyes ways to individualize education
The Ad Hoc Goals and Objectives Committee, which has taken on the task of drafting a set of one-, two- and three-year goals for the district, is looking at ways teachers can capitalize on individual student strengths and meet individual needs.
School administrators have been developing student performance profiles which include a one-page “Kid Grid,” a chart of grades and test scores. According to a district report, teachers spend the first couple weeks of the new school year figuring out what kids know and what they need to learn. The performance profiles could jump-start that process by giving them information to help assess individual kids and classes as a group.But BOE members felt the numbers offered a limited picture of students, particularly in terms of individualize education.
Hallowell also said profiles based on quantitative data were limited.
“The kid grid is all grades and test scores,” he said. “It doesn’t tell you what kids are interested in, what motivates them.”
Muise said writing student histories would overburden teachers, especially at the middle and high schools where the staff teach multiple classes and have 80 to 100 students.
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