As students enjoy the last few weeks of summer, Bay District teachers are back at school this week for inservice days. With the harder FCAT affecting school grades, some schools are using this time to get a head start.
School grades for 2012 show at least 15 schools in Bay County dropped a letter grade, with four elementary schools receiving a 'D' grade.
Monday, teachers began already working hard to improve the grades using special programs in their inservice days. Some schools like Cedar Grove Elementary and Springfield Elementary are analyzing student data and learning in breakout sessions. Other schools, like Oakland Terrace Elementary, are bringing in some extra support, like a reading specialist. Oakland Terrace plans to concentrate on differentiated instruction.
"Early in the year we realized we were going to have to do something to help our teachers better meet the needs of our kids, and we think differentiating the instruction is going to direct impact how they perform on the test," says Teresa Holzman, principal of Oakland Terrace.
The inservice days will finish up Thursday. Teachers head back to school officially August 15. Students start August 20th.