Schools look to explain new state testing setup

By Katheran Wasson Published:

Local school officials may host forums this fall to explain the state’s new testing system to the public.

Members of the Franklin County and Frankfort Independent school boards discussed that possibility Friday during a joint meeting to discuss possible collaboration and attend training on the new system.

They also brainstormed other avenues for getting the word out, such as newsletters, the districts’ websites and Facebook.

Test results will be released for the first time under the new system in late September.

Board members also discussed appointing a task force to deal with the issue of transient students – those who move frequently and sometimes transfer between the two school districts.

Transience can be a struggle for kids because they may miss lessons and must adjust to new teachers and classmates.

The task force, which will consist of teachers, principals, students and central office administrators from each district, could develop a partnership that would allow some transient kids to stay put.

Board members also talked about allowing Frankfort Independent students to attend the Franklin County Career and Technical Center when it is slated to open in 2012.

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