As we head towards the end of the school year and preparations get underway for summer school programs, many teachers and administrators are asking two important questions: “How do we gain improved willingness and involvement from students who need to attend?” And, “How do we translate that into better assessment outcomes?”
One school who seems to have solved this dilemma and given us a model to look at is Morris School District. Their summer school program has a long history of success. Students may grumble, but last year every student who participated showed improvement in both math and English. But Morris students haven’t protested as vocally as one might expect, with school creeping into their hallowed summer break. Educators there have seen a bit of an anomaly over the years.