Candidate Statement: Winograd Addresses Weaknesses of Livingston Education System
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 • 6:55am
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Any school district, no matter how successful, must always strive to improve upon the educational opportunities it provides and adapt to changes in the world around it. As we do so, there are a number of areas that currently require the attention of the Livingston Board of Education and the LPS Administration.
In addition to the ongoing regular curriculum review cycle, specific academic areas at the elementary and middle school levels are under heightened review. Concerns about math programs are being addressed by a newly hired K-8 math supervisor who will evaluate new programs to be piloted this year and consider new textbooks that will provide the basis for instruction across the district. We are also reviewing language arts instruction, including reading and writing skills and grammar in particular. We must be cognizant, however, that all curricular areas under review and materials being considered for use in our schools must be reviewed in the context of the Common Core State Standards, which are the nationwide English Language Arts and Mathematics standards that have been adopted by almost every state.
Recently, LPS was the subject of a random audit of federally funded programs. Deficiencies primarily related to the processes applicable to special education students were identified. A Corrective Action Plan was created by the Administration, approved by the Board and accepted by the State Department of Education. Many items have already been addressed, some will be addressed in the coming months, and all will be corrected by the end of this school year. A monitor will return to the district twice this year to review our progress and the Board expects continued updates from the Administration as to progress and ongoing compliance.
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