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Literacy, Math, and Character Education Top School District's Goals

Action plan for the new school year includes continued literacy initiative, improvements in math and implementation of character education.

Thursday night The Hasbrouck Heights school district mapped out a plan for the upcoming school year that focuses on literacy, math and character education to decrease bullying incidents.

Superintendent Mark Porto shared the district’s 2012-2013 action plan Thursday, outlining the three main goals for parents at the meeting. The district will continue its literacy initiative looking at how they gage student progress through NJASK and SRI (Scholastic Reading Inventory) and other school assessments.

The district plans to focus more on math curriculum and will introduce a new program called Scholastic Math Inventory to monitor students progress. The program will give a quick assessment at the beginning, middle and end of the school year to help students determine progress, he said.

Character education will be brought into the curriculum within the district as an effort to bring down the number of HIB incidents that were reported over this past school year, Porto said. This will be focused especially on grades K to 8 and a program called Building Blocks will be brought into the high school.

The superintendent explained the district was monitored back in May under QSAC (Quality Single Accountability Continuum) and is now awaiting the final report. He expects to present the report at the August meeting.

Previously Porto referred to QSAC monitoring stating that the nd was taking steps to meet the requirements.

Porto said he plans to email the six-page action plan for the school year to all parents.  

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