Wake Ed

Wake County school board to review summer school programs

Summer school, alternative learning centers and teacher beliefs are among the items that the Wake County school board’s student achievement committee will discuss Monday.

The meeting agenda includes staff’s presentation on how well the district’s elementary school academic summer camp programs fared in 2015. More than 4,200 Wake County students attended a Title I program, an early start program, an ESL summer school or a Read To Achieve camp last summer.

The summer program cost Wake $1.85 million last year and drew largely positive responses from parents and students. The program is expected to expand this summer as students from earlier grades are added.

Staff will also update the committee on the alternative learning centers located in several middle schools and high school to provide academic and behavioral support to struggling students. Wake is trying to get schools to transition away from In School Suspension programs to offering alternative learning centers.

Staff will also brief the committee on the results of the MTSS (Multi-Tiered System of Supports) Beliefs Survey taken by teachers. The goal of the survey was to get educators to talk about their beliefs and see which attitudes may hinder instruction.

For instance, an area of concern is how only 50 percent of educators in the survey agreed that all students can achieve grade-level benchmarks if they have sufficient support.

The fourth item on the agenda is a discussion about how a recent change in State Board of Education policy means that any student who fails a high school course and then retakes it will have the new course grade replace the old one..