A Miracle on Long Island?

This is my district…

Diane Ravitch's blog

Kevin J. Glynn, a teacher who founded Lace to the Top (those ever-present green laces and green bracelets that are meant to remind us that children are more than a test score)*, sends an exciting report from his school district on Long Island. The powers that be have abolished test prep!

Kevin writes:

The message to teachers changed today in the South Country School District, and tomorrow the actions will follow.  To the joy of students and their parents, there will be no test prep, at all, in any form.  In its place will be collaboration, imagination, inspiration, and love for the students in all third grade classes.  This is news because yesterday, the message to teachers was the same as in most other districts- prepare students with rigorous test prep.

South Country follows Lucy Calkin’s Units of Study.  This amazing, differentiated reading and writing program allows students to apply strategies within their independent…

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