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|Work underway to improve student achievement|
Supt. Loretta Blankenstein told the Concordia Parish School Board Thursday night that work is underway to improve student achievement scores parishwide.
Her comments came during the board's regular monthly meeting during which citizenship awards were presented and FJHS librarian Lynn Paul was recognized for winning the $5,000 Laura Bush Award. She is using the funds to purchase library books.
Blankenstein listed a number of steps being taken to improve study learning and test scores, including a program involving I-Pads in which school administrators and supervisors can "conduct classroom visits that will provide information effectively and efficiently so that immediate feedback is given."
She said ACT preparation has been increased from one class to two and that portals will be opened at all schools "to allow parents to view their children's scores in real time."
Additionally, she said observation teams will focus on schools on the watch list during the first semester and that additional Smart Boards and projectors have been installed to aid student learning. She said a universal screening assessment for students in grades 2-8 will be utilized "in evaluating students' needs and planning intervention."
Blankenstein said scanners have been provided all schools "so district assessments can be scored immediately so results can be utilized quickly and effectively for meeting student needs."
Board member Fred Butcher said public schools appear to be under attack from some entities, adding that changes are needed in the No Child Left Behind program.
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