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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Following up on Harcourt

Question: I was trying to post a comment to the Elementary Reading Program question, posted on Wednesday, December 2nd, but was unable to do so. I would like to comment by saying I'm not sure the answer Mrs. LaFountain gave really answers the question by the parent. I believe what the parent(s) are looking to get an answer to is: Since the Harcourt Program demands much higher vocabulary skills, comprehension and writing skills than the current program(s) being taught to our K, 1 and 2 students, what are we doing as a community to help the K, 1 and 2 students' transition easier? Unfortunately, this isn't a one-on-one student concern, this is a whole community concern.

Answer: At Broadalbin-Perth, we have clear expectations about the sequence of skills that our students acquire. Our curriculum defines what kids should know and be able to do at each grade level. Whether our teachers are using Harcourt or any other program in their classrooms, there are going to be higher demands on older kids because that's what's developmentally appropriate. The Harcourt program is simply a tool that we use in our classrooms; it is NOT curriculum.
- answered by Stephen Tomlinson, District Superintendent

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