The Bethalto School Board has passed an extensive plan that they hope will improve the performance of students throughout the district. Last night’s unanimous approval followed the news that no school in the Bethalto school district met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) standards for the first time in history.

Curriculum Director Jill Griffin and administrators from each school presented the plan to board members. It is centered around five main objectives which include the creation of a strategic plan every year, restructuring the district’s hiring process, improving internal communications and rewiring the curriculum to meet Common Core State Standards.

Griffin says that this plan is a step in the right direction.

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She also pointed out that district isn’t the only one failing to meet AYP standards. According to Griffin, only 5 of the 13 districts in Madison County had at least one school meet AYP standards in 2011.

Prior to approving the district improvement plan board members heard a presentation from Civic Memorial students asking the board to keep the block schedule format at the high school. Officials also set a date for a public hearing on the district’s proposed tax levy. That hearing will take place at 6:30 pm on November 26.

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