On Dec. 4, Superintendent Patricia Charles presented to the Connecticut State Board of Education Middletown Board of Education’s Plan to Correct Racial Imbalance at Macdonough School.
The Middletown Board plans to establish a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics and Talented and Gifted program at Macdonough. The district plans to identify TAG students in Grades 3 and 4 during the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years, and will recruit these students to attend the TAG/STEM program at Macdonough.
During the 2013-14 school year, the district will develop and plan the TAG/STEM curriculum and program, which shall include professional development and training for Macdonough teachers, recruitment of TAG/STEM personnel, and the creation of after-school and summer enrichment programing.
The plan will allow students at Macdonough to remain at their neighborhood school as well as invite gifted and talented students throughout the district to participate in this program. The Middletown Board will designate Macdonough as an elementary school of choice for all identified TAG students beginning in the 2015-16 school year.
The CSBE approved the revision and Superintendent Charles reports that the district is very pleased with this result and looks forward to implementing this plan, as she believes it will support high levels of rigor and instruction at Macdonough School, while providing the opportunity for gifted and talented students in grades 4 and 5.
This plan will allow students at Macdonough to remain at their neighborhood school as well as invite gifted and talented students throughout the district to participate in this program.
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