Middle school math placement, the Khan Academy and a policy on equity will be discussed at today's meeting of the Wake County school board's economically disadvantaged student performance task force.
School board vice chairman John Tedesco, chair of the task force, said staff will provide a detailed report on 2011-12 middle school math placement efforts. There was skepticism that some schools weren't being as diligent as others at using the new EVAAS-based criteria to place more students in advanced math classes.
Tedesco said they'll also watch a video from the non-profit Khan Academy, which has more than 2,000 videos available on YouTube. The videos cover a variety of topics to teach people math and other concepts.
Tedesco said he likes how the Khan Academy can help provide teachers with daily assessments of students as opposed to the now dropped Blue Diamond, which he said provided them less frequently.
Tedesco said they'll also get an update on the equity policy being developed by a task force subcommittee for presentation to the full board. What's of note is that school board candidate Jim Martin, a critic of Tedesco, is on that subcommittee.
The meeting starts at 4:30 p.m. at the temporary modular campus being used by Wilburn Elementary School at 3851 Spring Forest Road in North Raleigh.
Click here to vew the handouts from the meeting.