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Wood could enter program improvement

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Wood Middle School could soon be required to allow students to choose other schools to attend because students have not been able to fully meet federal testing requirements.

The school district will find out in August whether the school is entering into “program improvement” next school year due to lagging math proficiency test scores among Wood’s African American students. If the school does attain that status, school officials will have to notify parents that they are taking steps to address the issue – and that they can attend another school in the district or elsewhere.

Chipman Middle School is already in “program improvement” for similar test score issues. So that means students who wanted to transfer on-Island would be offered a chance to attend Lincoln.

Superintendent Kirsten Vital told the school board on Tuesday that she’s set aside about 20 spaces at Lincoln Middle School for students who choose to leave Wood. This past year, nine students left Chipman for another school.

Teachers and students at Chipman have decided they would like to turn the school into a charter school. The school board is slated to consider the plan this coming fall.

Ruby Bridges elementary school is also on the state’s list of schools in jeopardy of going into “program improvement.”

The designation requires schools that serve a high percentage of low-income students to take a variety of steps to boost their test scores, and to use federal money designated for low-income schools to help.

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