Credit retrieval and summer school courses help students prepare for the 2017-18 school year
Clover Park School District offered opportunities for students of various grade levels in need of extra help to spend the summer getting back on track for the new school year. This year’s summer school programs included credit retrieval courses for high school students, as well as summer school options for middle and elementary school students from several schools and grade levels. More than 400 students participated in summer school or credit retrieval programs, receiving individualized support from district educators as well as access to valuable online and in-person learning resources.
“Summer school is a great opportunity for students to maintain and strengthen skills in reading and math,” explained assistant superintendent for elementary schools Ron Banner. “Our district and school-based staff work very hard to create and implement a targeted instructional program for our students which builds on their readiness to begin their next grade level.”
At the high school level, credit retrieval courses help ensure students remain on track for graduation. Open to incoming juniors and seniors from the district, courses allow students who failed a required class to take extra time with the material, working with an online curriculum at an individualized pace to pass and/or complete the course. Teachers from district high schools facilitated the courses, fostering a welcoming and productive learning environment and offering individualized help to students.
Elementary and middle school students from identified schools were invited to participate in summer school based on their performance on reading and math assessments, including Smarter Balanced, i-Ready and Measures of Academic Progress. Students focused primarily on reading, utilizing age- and grade level-appropriate intervention materials such as Leveled Literacy Intervention and Collections. Teachers worked with students to help them achieve grade-level reading skills and supplemented classroom time with math and other subjects as time allowed.