Academic accountability plan presented to board

Chuck Kajer, Managing Editor

Middle School Principal Tim Dittberner gave the New Prague Area School Board a review of the school's new Academic Accountability Plan.

Dittberner explained said he would like to implement the plan to help students who fail two or more core classes. Under the plan, those students would go through several intervention steps. The first step would involve a meeting with the principal, teachers, parents and student to put together a learning contract so the student and parents know what needs to be done to pass for the year. If the student still does not pass, there would be mandatory summer school for those students. The classes would be individualized for each student, so they could concentrate on those areas they were having difficulty with.

Dittberner said the idea for the plan came from a workshop he attended last year. A school in Michigan implemented a similar program, and within three years had a major reduction in students failing.

Dittberner said for the first quarter, there were 15 eighth-graders, 13 seventh-graders and five sixth-graders who failed two or more classes.

Board member Marty Beckius asked how that compared with other schools. Dittberner said New Prague has a lower rate than most schools. But I still feel we need to raise the bar

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