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Subject: Change in Curriculum
Date: September 19, 2013
It has been brought to my attention that there is a lack of understanding among students and parents about Pre AP classes and General Biology classes. Many parents are not enrolling their children in Pre AP because they are told the class is fast pace, rigor and only for top students in the school. This leads to: overcrowding of General Biology classes, mixture of slow and fast pace learners and many discipline problems. This memo is a request to change the name of the biology classes to Pre AP- 04, Pre AP- 03 and Pre AP - 02 Biology.
There are several reasons why General Biology should ...view middle of the document...
We should be preparing students for the future. General and Pre AP students have to take the same College Entrance Exam, End of Course Test, ACT and SAT. These tests are not scored differently for General Education students, so why should they be taught less. It Century takes some getting used to: Rethinking Curriculum for the 21st Chapter 13 states “we should change our mental models about what we teach, how we teach it, and how we assess students’ learning growth will take some time getting used to.” I agree with Tony Wagner (2008) when he “redefined rigor” and suggested that critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and leadership, effective oral and written communication, curiosity and imagination are necessary for learning in school, in the work place and in life.
Common Core Standards added increased rigor for all students. The Common Core Standards do not differentiate between AO and General/Regular Education classes. The rigorous standards and expectations are the same for all students. All students deserve a challenging and rigorous curriculum that prepares them for the society in which they live. I recommend we offer: Pre AP-04 for these students who score a 23 or above on the ACT, 3.5-3.8 GPA, and they are dual enrolled. Pre AP-03 to students who have an interest in attending college, and not...