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Kilgore ISD plan aims to avoid state takeover

Kilgore ISD plan aims to avoid state takeover
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 4:22pm

Kilgore ISD school trustees have sent the state their plan to address low reading and math scores among black and Hispanic students.

“We’re at that point where it’s gotten serious,” Superintendent Cara Cooke said Tuesday, the morning after Kilgore ISD trustees OK’d a Corrective Action Plan that hinges on a rewritten curriculum for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

“We’re trying to fix what we created at the top (grades) while we make sure this doesn’t happen at the bottom,” said Cooke, hired in March to help turn around a district on the path to state takeover.

The district’s about-face starts with a busy summer for a nine-member curriculum team Cooke formed from existing staff members who previously helped teachers in more of a hodge-podge fashion. The curriculum overhaul won’t require any lost classroom time for teachers, contrasting with a plan pitched to trustees in April, thanks to common planning times built into each teacher’s 2013-14 schedule.

Continue reading this story from KETK newspaper partner the Longview News-Journal.

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