CLARKSVILLE — Clinton-Massie students do well with English language vocabulary tests, the school district’s curriculum director reported to the board of education.
Even so, an area that could use improvement among the district’s students is written expression, added Robyn Donisi, Clinton-Massie Local Schools curriculum director.
Those assessments stem from 2014-15 school year state test results, Donisi said.
An acquisition of vocabulary has been a focus of the district in the past, according to Donisi, and this year the elementary school has made “writing and writing convention” a target area.
Algebra would be an area on which district educators need to focus energy “as we look back at how our students have performed over time,” Donisi advised board members.
Some things to celebrate from last school year are the results in third-grade math, seventh-grade math and reading, and high school American history and American government.
“Our [high school] geometry really knocked it out of the park,” added the curriculum director.
Across Ohio, fifth grade has been a tough area in mathematics, Donisi said.
At one juncture, she said it is important for teachers to be sure they “understand what it looks like when they [Ohio Department of Education guidelines] say that model and reason in the mathematics” is a goal.
During her report, the curriculum director also asked the board to consider purchasing an instructional resource named Apex Learning. On its official website, Apex Learning identifies itself as “the leading provider of blended and virtual learning solutions to the nation’s schools.”
It could be used, she said, to help students prepare for the college admission tests ACT and SAT, as well as to prepare for the state test that’s needed for graduation and to assist high school students who are behind on their credit hours.
For 30 students, the cost of the system is $6,150, she said. There also is a $1,500 price tag that accompanies professional development in order to administer Apex Learning.
On another matter, Donisi spoke about issues related to the district’s chemistry course offerings, Chemistry 1 and Chemistry 2. According to the state, the two semester-long classes should be one course, rather than being split up into two courses each offering one credit hour.
Clinton-Massie Local Schools Board of Education President Jeremy Lamb recommended that corrective action be taken quickly. He suggested that district officials pick among the options that remain available with the school year almost half done. That might include make-up work.
About 75 students at Clinton-Massie High School are taking Chemistry 1 this semester.
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