The information that came along with the survey said that if the program were implemented, students would be released at about 1:30 p.m. on the days in question. The purpose of the early release days would be so that teachers could meet together to discuss how best to “enhance student achievement.”
“Teachers will get together to analyze how well teaching strategies and curriculum are working, how well individual students are learning what they need to learn and to generate ideas on how to improve each student’s performance,” the information sent to parents said. “This will allow teachers to make adjustments throughout the year to meet the needs of their students. As teachers work together to address an individual student’s needs, they apply more experience, knowledge and training toward solving the learning problem than one teacher alone can do.”
The information also stated that models for early release programs vary around Kentucky. There are some that release early once a month, and some that do this every week. According to the document, if the program were started in Trigg County, it would not begin until after Labor Day and would then continue until the spring break in April.
Superintendent Tim McGinnis said that several high-performing school districts had worked with an early release program to increase communication between teachers.
“A lot of high-performing schools are doing a lot with meeting and working collectively,” McGinnis said. “If ‘Teacher A’ looks at their lower test scores, they can ask ‘Teacher B’ with higher scores what they are doing differently.”
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