Shelby County School Board: Academy gets accelerated review

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MAP scores to be presented, too

By Todd Martin

The Shelby County Board of Education will get an update on the Accelerated Academy during its meeting Thursday.

Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith will give a presentation on the academy and how the students are managing with their heavy load of courses during the meeting, which is at  7 p.m. at the district’s central office, 1155 Main Street.

The Accelerated Academy is in its first year, and it places freshmen students on a track to take the most rigorous and challenging courses during their 4-year high school careers. It also includes a zero-hour course, which begins at 7:30 a.m., one hour before normal classes begin. The schedules also coincide with the Project Lead the Way courses of engineering and biomedical sciences at Collins and Shelby County high schools, respectively.

In a 4-year career, Accelerated Academy students will take 17 AP courses and all four PLTW courses.

MAP report

The board also will hear a report on the winter Measured Academic Progress tests scores, which have been compiled and sorted and can be compared to the fall scores.

The district gives the MAP test three times each year – at the beginning of the year to provide a baseline and at the middle and end of the year to see progress.

MAP scores are also carried over from year to year, so teachers can follow students' progress.

Also at the meeting, the board will:

  • Consider approval of a bus-purchasing plan and related budget amendment.
  • Consider approval of new and revised job descriptions.
  • Consider approval of extending two lawn-care contracts for 2012 and awarding another lawn care contract.
  • Recognize teacher Tracy Coffee Gayle for writing a novel.
  • Present What Outstanding Work awards.
  • Hear the first reading of new and revised board policies and review of administrative procedures.
  • Have a closed session for the purpose of discussing future acquisition or sale of real property and for the purpose of discussing pending litigation.