Wilkinsburg schools consider possible curriculum changes

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Reviews of the Wilkinsburg School District curriculum are part of the district’s plans to “show concerned parents and residents that we hear them,” school board President Ed Donovan said.

The board’s curriculum committee met Thursday to discuss possible curriculum advancements in all grade levels for the 2014-15 school year.

An audit examining math, science, English and language arts at Wilkinsburg middle and high schools was recently completed by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The AIU also will investigate the elementary curriculum at Turner and Kelly elementary schools and examine implementing a social studies component. Mr. Donovan said one of the district’s top priorities is to offer a wider range of honors courses, especially for high school students to improve college readiness.

The district’s elementary schools are promoting early kindergarten enrollment, but recent kindergarten orientations had low turnouts, Kelly principal Rosalind Fisher said. Getting kindergarten students registered early allows schools to identify possible learning gaps sooner and provide supplemental educational alternatives over the summer before the school year starts, Turner principal Tanya Smith said.

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