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Salem to initiate tutoring program next month

Posted by Amanda Stonely  December 26, 2011 10:03 AM

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The city next month will initiate a new after-school tutoring program at all of its schools with the help of a $12,800 grant from Beverly Cooperative Bank that was announced this past Monday, Dec. 19. City officials say the tutoring program, in math and English Language Arts, will kick off a district-wide effort the city is planning to improve academic performance in its schools.

Last month, Bentley Elementary School was among six schools across the state that were labeled underperforming by the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education based on consistently low test scores. Schools receiving that “Level 4” designation are required to draft a “turnaround” plan based on state and federal models. Because four other Salem schools were categorized as being close to receiving Level 4 designation, the city has decided that in addition to developing a specific turnaround plan for the Bentley, it will pursue a broader district-wide strategy to improve test scores in all schools. The new tutoring program will be part of that effort.

The program is expected to help provide an additional hour of Math and English Language Arts instruction at each of the city’s schools over 20 weeks beginning in January, which city officials note is a critical time for MCAS test preparation.

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