• Danville schools will implement an innovative new curriculum

    May 14, 2012 No comments

    The Danville School Corporation presented their plans for a new curriculum to a standing-room crowd of community members last week at Lawson and Company.

    Known as Mass Customized Learning, the essential difference is that students will learn at their own pace, unlike the factory model in place now.

    District officials began considering customized learning in the fall of 2009, when they learned of a school corporation in Alaska that had implemented it. Since then other school districts around the country have changed to it, including Goshen in Indiana.

    The corporation expects a two-year implementation for the new curriculum. Next school year teachers will begin instructing with the new standards, which include more literacy and higher-order thinking skills, and transitioning to a new grading scale. By the 2013-14 school year, students will be expected to work on assignments until they’ve mastered them.

    Eventually students won’t be grouped by grade based on age, but how they advance through a defined number of learning levels. That means they’ll have the ability to graduate early, but it will ultimately be their choice.

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