You may have seen reports in the local media regarding the status of two of our schools in regard to academic progress. Be assured the Board of Directors, district administration and all staff will continue to provide an excellent educational experience for all students as we continue to learn more about the mandates that have been placed upon these schools by the federal government and state.
Prior to the recent mandates, the district had already made changes to improve student learning. Fourth grade scores improved by 20 percent or more in reading, writing and math at Tulalip Elementary alone.
It is important to realize that all students have different learning styles; methods that work well for some students might not work as well for others. We all strive for success for all children. Professional development and accountability practices have all been under review. The board supports the administration and staff in these endeavors.
Even though the board and the administration support and respect the principals and teachers of our schools, we are bound by the guidelines and requirements placed on the district. It took several years for the selected schools to reach this level that places them in the category requiring change. Yet, these same schools are expected to make a complete turn-around in an extremely short time. The district must now comply with the new requirements and choose one of four models to assist these schools in achieving success.
The district administration and board will continue to make necessary changes for the district and schools to meet these requirements.
Sherri Crenshaw, president
Marysville School Board