With new data technology, the approach uses “personalized instruction” and “accelerated intervention” instead of remedial instruction, “teaching them to run, not walk,” she explained.
At Acworth Elementary School, for example, Davis said teachers use “compact time” to group students by their needs - whether for more help with math or reading.
As a result among five elementary schools in the test phase, going from 69 percent of third graders below reading to 17 percent below reading in one academic year is “amazing,” Cobb School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale said.
That improvement included no change in the length of hours.
What do you think? Would longer school days and/or more school days be helpful for students to improve? Or is a targeted approach of personalized instruction and accelerated intervention better without lengthening or adding school days? Send your comments to CommunityNews@ajc.com.