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Archive for Sunday, March 29, 1992

SCHOOL BOARD TO DISCUSS 1-ON-1 TUTORING PROGRAM

March 29, 1992

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The Lawrence school board Monday will hear about a proposed directed studies program that could provide one-on-one instruction for Lawrence High School students who need help in key subject areas.

As part of its accreditation by the North Central Assn., the high school's North Central Evaluation Committee has called for all students to demonstrate minimum competency in math, reading, writing and social studies.

Trish Bransky, assistant principal at LHS, said school committees studying those four areas have recommended tutoring as a way to help students who don't demonstrate competency in those areas.

"Research shows that the most effective method of instruction is a tutoring situation, with one teacher working with one or two students," Bransky said.

She said that under the directed studies proposal, students encountering trouble in any of the specified areas could spend one credit-hour per semester receiving specialized instruction from teachers and peer tutors.

LHS currently offers tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school. However, Bransky said, "Kids who are least successful in school are not likely to volunteer to spend their Tuesday and Thursday evenings there."

A number of assessments would help LHS officials determine which students could most benefit from the directed studies program. The school presently administers minimum competency tests in social studies and math. The district also administered a new writing test to LHS sophomores in November, and a state-developed reading test will be administered in April.

The board's regular meeting will begin at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the district's service center, 3705 Clinton Pkwy. The board also will meet at 6 p.m. for a goal-setting session.

In other business Monday, the board is scheduled to:

Receive an update from Bob Eales, the district's director of vocational education, on the Explorations in Technology course being planned for Lawrence junior high schools.

Hear the results of a Sunset Hill School PTA survey titled "Class Size and Adequacy of Schools in Lawrence." Nancy Gardner and Beth Stella, parents of Sunset Hill students, will present the survey results.

Discuss the preparation of the 1992-93 district budget.

Discuss elementary school enrollment concerns.

Hold an executive session on teacher negotiations.

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