Plan to transform Va. school unveiled
Alexandria City Public Schools superintendent Morton Sherman this week unveiled a plan for improving academic achievement at the city’s only public high school.
The transformation plan at T.C. Williams High School, which was outlined to the faculty Tuesday afternoon, would add more counselors to help students create personal learning plans for their English and math courses. It would also add more teachers in those core subjects, so they can teach fewer classes and spend more time planning lessons and helping struggling students.
The plan calls for the creation of a writing center, a mathematics center, and more opportunities for tutoring and extra help during and after school. It also calls for more professional development for teachers and more formal evaluations of their effectiveness. The plan was created with input from staff and students and needs to be approved by state and federal education officials before implementation next fall.
The instructional reforms are required by the federal government, which has dubbed the school a "persistently lowest achieving" school, based on average standardized test score. The school is expected to receive $2 million over each of the next three years to implement the improvement strategies.
-- Michael Allison Chandler
Washington Post editors
| May 26, 2010; 3:53 PM ET
Categories: Virginia | Tags: alexandria public schools, t.c. william high school
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