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Innovation Schools application drafted PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brenda Johnson Brandt   

An Innovation Schools application draft was reviewed at the Nov. 4 meeting of Holyoke School District Re-1J Board of Education.

The local school district has been pursuing an Innovation Zone in order to have waivers from two state laws dealing with the newest kindergarten literacy assessment and with teacher evaluation.

The plan reflects the will of the school and the community. It emphasizes that for Holyoke School District, the best path moving forward is to focus the limited time and energy on teaching and on evaluating, not on the collection of data that has little chance of changing teaching and learning.

Superintendent Bret Miles explained the draft in detail, pointing out that the innovation allows the district to use limited time and staff resources concentrated on the classroom.

The district is opposed to implementing the newest kindergarten literacy assessment as it takes too much time away from instruction to administer and doesn’t give the teachers more information than they have with existing assessments.

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Holyoke Enterprise November 13, 2014