District Improvement Plan Looks to Narrow Achievement Gaps

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After months of research and data, district administration leaders laid out a plan they hope will narrow achievement gaps with hundreds of the district's students.

Tuesday night, the district's chief instructional officer outlined the District Improvement Plan. The School Board is expected to approve the plan at its next meeting.

The plan comes after some groups in the district again failed to meet state yearly progress in reading and math. To combat this, District 205 will add reading coaches in elementary school, and a math intervention specialist, along with better aligned math curriculum at the middle schools.

Administrators point that while spending more time in the classroom is critical to success, they're confident the plan will work in improving reading and math scores.

"We've analyzed these results. We've looked at this data carefully and developed a focus for the school system and I think that's the important part that we are all going to be tightly focused on these areas of need," chief instructional officer Martha Hayes said.

The District Improvement Plan can be reviewed at the end of each semester and after state testing results are received.