Posted by Rachel Leigh - email
PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL (WFLX) - Public school students in Palm Beach County head back to class Tuesday; it's a new semester with new academic changes.
Those strict curriculum rules enacted at the beginning of the year -- now scaled way back.
Superintendent Art Johnson sent out a memo stating the curriculum will go back to the way parents and teachers want it. Last semester, parents and teachers pleaded Superintendent Johnson and former Chief Academic Officer Jeffery Hernandez basically make changes to their changes.
Originally, Hernandez implemented embedded assessments: that's testing done every three weeks. It's designed to prepare students for tougher state and federal standards, but, in this new memo, Johnson admits the changes weren't implemented correctly.
Johnson also apologized to parents, teachers and the school board. This comes just two weeks after he reassigned Jeffrey Hernandez. He's now overlooking troubled schools.
Changes, inmplemented by Johnson, involve lesson plans; teachers can now create their own rather than use district plans. That's a huge win for teachers who had been fighting to create their own lesson plans for months now.
The next change involves curriculum and testing; schools still need to set a uniform curriculum, but principals can create their own.
And, of course, the most controversial change is the embedded assessments are now completely gone.
The revised program will move its focus on just troubled schools rather than all schools.