Stonington Public School officials will hold a public forum on the looping programs at Mystic Middle School and Pawcatuck Middle School on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Stonington High School.
According to an email sent out by Stonington Public Schools, they, "... are having a public forum to discuss whether the looping programs effectively support the new Common Core mandates."
No decision on the looping programs, such as Crickets at Mystic Middle, will be made at the forum.
The school system is in the process of making sure it meets the Common Core State Standards, and according to the email that was sent out, the school system is trying to "... determine if these programs can continue to effectively support student achievement given the required changes."
The Connecticut State Board of Education adopted the Common Core State Standards in July 2010, and complete implementation of the standards is supposed to take place for the 2013-14 school year.
The Common Core State Standards are designed to comprise fewer, clearer and higher level standards align with college and career expectations include rigorous content and application of knowledge through higher-order thinking skills build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards be internationally benchmarked so that all students will be prepared to succeed in our global economy be based on evidence and research"
The full text of the standards can be found at www.corestandards.org.
Parents will have the opportunity to speak at the public forum.
Editor's Note: The story was clarified because it originally implied that Stonington Public Schools was considering ending the programs, an option that is not currently on the table.
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