(Lander, Wyo.) – Fremont County School District 1 math teachers came together over the summer to work on the new Common Core Standards curriculum after gaps were located for progressive students.
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum John Metcalfe presented a brief overview of the changes of the Board of Education last week during its regular board meeting.
He said traditionally middle school students who are ahead of the learning curve skipped eighth-grade math. However, due to the change in curriculum based on Common Core, the teachers realized that this would no longer be possible, Metcalfe said.
Essentially, the new curriculum does not re-teach things the year after they are introduced. Therefore, skipping eighth-grade math could put students, who were ahead, behind by the time they hit ninth grade. Students, Metcalfe said, who are ahead will be put into the honors track with the possibility of skipping junior math instead.
Metcalfe gave kudos to the teachers who discovered these difficulties and the work they put in over the summer to rectify the situation through meetings across both the middle and high school staffs and with parents.
Question was raised by Trustee Teresa Nirider and a parent about how students who were behind the curve would be treated. Metcalfe said a plan to keep the children who are behind was not yet in place.
“I can’t give you exactly what (Math Intervention Teacher) Bryan Hall will do,” he said, noting the schools had never taught this curriculum before. “His support will shift to address that.”
Trustee Ryan Hedges said, “The kids are in extremely good hands.” He said if they were able to preemptively catch problems, they’ll be able to tell when students need help to get caught up.
“I’m just very, very please with the lines of communication that were used,” Trustee Dave Clark said. “It’s pretty damn impressive. Is it perfect? No. But we didn’t get thrown a perfect pitch.”
He, Metcalfe and others noted that the new Common Core direction from the state was implemented quicker than anyone was prepared for, and that the district was adapting as quickly as it could.
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