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Tell Us: What Do You Think of the Middle School Looping Programs?

Stonington Public School officials will hold a public forum on the looping programs

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.

Tell us: Should the middle school looping programs continue? Has your son or daughter participated in one the programs? What do you think of the programs?


Ellen Gilbert February 14, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Of all the things that Stonington needs to look at, I hardly think these programs should be at the top of the list. As a teacher in the system AND a parent, the board needs to examine the success of these programs to see that the students in these programs are wonderfully successful. Perhaps research ( as outlined I the common core) of grades and test scores of students who have been part of these programs wil give them the anecdotal evidence they need to allow these programs to continue. The thing that is shameful in the Stonington system-we have no technology teachers in the middle schools. When I spoke with a board of education member about the absolute NEED for students to learn technology, I was told that learning things like power point isn't really technology. Computer skills, as it was explained to me, are intuitive! Hmmmm. We do not teach students to type ( although we have a typing program that is useless) and they learn programs in small bits and pieces when classroom teachers can fit things in. How is this cut and paste type of instruction aligned with the common core to prepare students with 21st century skills??? Let's look at something that actually impacts ALL students!

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