A Message From Your Superintendent
PARCC Field Test a Success
The performance-based PARCC field test is almost complete. Although there were a few minor technical issues, overall it was a success. As we prepare for this next generation assessment, of course, it brings apprehension. “Will the technology work? Is our technology infrastructure sound? How will our students respond?” This first round of testing helped us to answer some of the unknowns. We now realize, although we have made great strides with improving technology in our schools, we still have a lot more that must be done to prepare for large scale testing. Over the next two years, we will continue to work on purchasing new computers and improving the wireless capabilities across all campuses. The district is also looking at personnel and ways to use the talent we have in Lauderdale County to support schools in the common core testing era.
As our schools continue to grow and as we continue to implement new programs, classroom space has become a concern and a priority on several campuses. The district is currently seeking funding sources that would enable us to build additional classrooms to meet the needs we face. Equally important to me is the need for a teacher pay raise. We will continue to voice our concerns and opinions to our state legislators. Last week the Lauderdale County School Board voted on a 5% increase in the district supplement to teachers, which was a step in the right direction. I want to thank each of you for your continued commitment to Lauderdale County Schools. The end of a school year always brings challenges. As we enter this final grading period, I encourage our teachers, administrators, and parents to remain focused on our most important mission, helping each student to reach his/her potential.
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