JHS ‘jazzing up’ programs to increase student success
by Sarah Taylor
Oct 27, 2010 | 840 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Beeville Independent School District held an informational hearing Tuesday, Oct. 19, to discuss this year’s School Improvement Plan for A.C. Jones High School.

The plan targets many areas, including curriculum and assessment, instruction, student support, academic support and others. The plan was developed after extensive data analysis done on information from recent years.

Nancy Jones, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, said the plan focuses on early intervention for students at risk of dropping out.

“We’re trying to catch them before they drop out using credit recovery and extra tutorials,” she said.

Jones said there are three main elements the school will use to help these students.

The first is increased use of the online Odyssey program, in which students can catch up on classes via the Internet with teacher help if needed.

“We were already using the program, but we’ve purchased more licenses and classes,” Jones said.

The second element is an increased number of math labs, as math is a weak area among these students. In these labs, students will have access to teacher help and online resources.

The third major part of the plan is the continuation and improvement of the “Jazz it Up” program, which began in the spring 2010 semester.

The program provides on-campus remediation, in which teachers help one student or a small group of students with classes with which they are struggling. These groups could meet before or after school.

The entire School Improvement Plan can be viewed on BISD’s Web site under the “Board Agendas” tab at beevilleisd.net.
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