“The Application for Expedited and General State Waivers allows us to have a slight bit of flexibility when planning our district calendar,” said Superintendent Jeanette Winn.
The district requested approval for waivers pertaining to possible district scheduling in the areas of early release, modified schedule/state assessment days, staff development, and a timeline for accelerated instruction. These requested waivers apply to the future KCISD school years of 2014-2015, 2015-2016, 2016-2017.
The early release expedited waiver “allows the district to conduct school for less than seven hours for a total of six days of student instruction in a year.” This is to allow for possible early school release on certain days to provide for things such as additional training in education methods, to give time to meet the needs of the students and local community, to give time to conduct teacher collaboration planning, to allow for time to conduct teacher-parent conferences; and to allow for early release prior to a holiday, playoff or local school related activities.
The modified schedule/state assessment days waiver “allows the district to modify the schedule of classes for students who are not being tested to report to school after the state assessment testing period has ended; therefore, reducing the interruptions during testing period.”
The staff development waiver “allows the district to train staff on various educational strategies designed to improve student performance in lieu of a maximum of three days of student instruction.”
Finally, the timeline for accelerated instruction is part of the Student Success Initiative (SSI). The SSI requires districts to provide accelerated instruction to students in the fifth and eighth grades “who do not demonstrate proficiency on the STAAR reading and/or mathematics tests.”