One thing I will say now is that I asked him about changes in AL and he said he had just gotten the job (absolutely true) but it wouldn't happen without stakeholder input. I reminded him that Spectrum disappeared like sugar dissolving in iced tea but he smiled and shrugged.
But now a reader has alerted us that the AL department wants our input.
Comments on the proposed DRAFT can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line 2190SP.There are a number of documents to read.
The proposed DRAFT will be reviewed by the Curriculum and Instruction Policy Committee at their meeting on Monday, August 15, 2017. Please send your comments in before July 31 to assure it will be reviewed prior to the meeting.
Two are the old Superintendent procedure and the new superintendent procedure. (It sure would have been helpful to just have one document red-lined so you could more clearly see what has changed. )
I also note there is another document about the changes but I believe there are more changes than they list (if my cross-referencing of the two documents is correct.)
The new procedure more clearly calls out the HCC group. I note the phrasing for what happens if a parent of an identified HCC student chooses to leave their child at their neighborhood school or option school:
Any Highly Capable student choosing not ot enroll in the Highly Capable Cohort will receive services available at the school in which he or she is enrolled. Per state mandate, these services will be appropriated documented by school administration."services available"
I have no idea what HCC kids get at a regular school today but I'm thinking that phrase could mean many things to many principals and, as long as they document something, they are good with the district.
They are still claiming Spectrum exists - I guess it does but not in the same way it did even a couple of years ago. Ditto on ALO which is truly a joke but they want us to believe they are taking it seriously.
They took out this sentence:
These programs are also open to individual students who have been identified as ready for a more rigorous curriculum.
So apparently only kids who take the test can access either Spectrum or ALO. I don't get that at all.
Plus they don't put the grade range for HCC. Hmm.
The new document also says:
Advanced Learner eligibility is maintained through participation in an Advanced Learning program.
I would assume that a parent would have to enroll their child in either HCC or Spectrum or ask for the ALO services at their school. If they didn't, their child would lose eligibility.
Spectrum is described in the same way as ALOs which is a big change which would beg the question of why they both exist.
They also have a "Continuing Eligibility" section in the procedure that was not in the old procedure.
I'll be interested in what other people have to say about these changes. Help me out if I got anything wrong.