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Survey aims to fine tune programs districtwide

The school district needs your help to keep its high achievers challenged.

Last fall, the Bedford School Board gave the district a set of new goals and objectives for 2012-15. One of the things the district was tasked with was “investigating and reporting to the Board recommendations to improve and expand options for high achieving learners.”

The goal is to create a plan that will accelerate and expand learning across all disciplines.

“They wanted to make sure we were challenging high achieving learners,” said Assistant Superintendent Chip McGee.

A survey on programming for high-achieving learners is one step in a process that includes investigating what the district is currently doing, what other districts are doing, and the cost-effectiveness of potential new programs. Final recommendations will be presented to the School Board in August 2014.

The survey varies slightly for parents, teachers and students in grades 7 through 12.

Without identifying the child, parents are asked to rank performance as low performing, low typical, high typical or high performing in each of the following subjects: English language arts, math, science, social studies, world language and integrated arts. They are then asked to rate the curriculum for each subject as not challenging enough, almost challenging enough but not quite, just the right level of challenge, a little bit too challenging, or way too challenging.

The survey ends with an open question asking for suggestions on how to better serve the district’s high achieving students.

“People have so many different perspectives on this, we decided to leave it pretty open,” McGee said.

About 233 parents, 151 professional staff members and 11 students responded to the survey during its first week. McGee hopes more of the district’s 8,000 to 9,000 parents will share their ideas before the survey closes June 14. Many people told McGee they’re pleased that the board is making this one of their priorities, he said.

A team of teachers will analyze the results at the end of June.

Parents, teachers and seventh- through 12th-grade students interested in completing the survey can visit

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