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"That's bringing it to the people," she said. "It's a lot more close up and personal. Facilitators can go to teachers who need help with specific topics and say, 'I'm going to show you how to do that.'"
This year, the English Language Learners department has been "adopted" by the curriculum facilitators department, Pratt said. The inclusion "brings them into the fold rather than standing alone."
Facilitators work on the curriculum documents as part of an ongoing process. Teachers use the documents regularly, said Linda McKenna, math curriculum facilitator.
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"We needed to be in a certain place," Superintendent of Schools Jim Jolicoeur said. "We cut our gap in half."
can move up or pull up, we get extra credit for that," Cipolla said.
Passing the MCAS test, which is required for graduation, does not mean students are prepared for advanced level courses.
District curriculum facilitators provided graphs showing the gaps between the students' current proficiency levels and the goals set by the Department of Education.
Leominster students are starting from a strong proficiency rate, so reaching the state goals sometimes means improving the scores of as few as seven children, said Laureen Cippola, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum coordinator.
"In general, we're coming really close to hitting the target," said Gayle Irwin, the ELA curriculum facilitator.
Specific areas of growth need work, Cipolla said.
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"This past year, we did take a bit of a hit on science," she said. "The state did, too."
New programs in the curriculum allow teachers to assess students for every unit taught.
The district continues to participate in collaboratives with local colleges, such as Worcester Polytechnic Institute and Mount Wachusett Community College, giving students an opportunity to prepare for college level math courses.
The district receives points from the state for moving children from the lower levels of needing improvement to a level closer to proficiency.
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ready for college math," McKenna said.
The state determined where the district should be by the 2016 17 school year based on scores earned on standardized tests in 2011.
Teachers will be held accountable for students' performance in their classes.
"They need to know every day where those kids are," McKenna said.
Another program with Tufts University, funded by the National Science Foundation, The Poincar Institute, enables cohorts of Leominster teachers to take three graduate semesters of algebra and trigonometry, studying content and Burberry Iphone 6 Flip Case
"The trend is positive," Beth Pratt, administrator of curriculum and assessment for Leominster schools, said at a round table discussion during the School Committee meeting Monday night.
LEOMINSTER Leominster students are narrowing the proficiency gap as test scores improve in English Language Arts, science and math.
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The new Progress and Performance Index is an accountability system based on decreasing the percentage of students who are failing or not proficient in the tested subjects, while increasing the percentage of those who are.
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