The Monroe County Falcon Academy has been selected by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) as one of the 2012 Best Practice Sites in alternative education programs in an effort designed to recognize the work of educators and programs that serve at-risk students, according to a KDE news release.
The program was recognized as being “exemplary” in curriculum, instruction and assessment, and
Academy Principal Max Petett said receiving an exemplary rating in curriculum is the most difficult category to score.
“What they are looking at … there are standards that apply to alternative schools,” Petett said. “The first thing they want to do is make sure that we are meeting all of those standards. Once they see we’ve met the standards … to make sure our curriculum is aligned with the state’s common core standards that the state department has given us to follow, they looked at lesson plans and they observed and looked at different types of assessments, both formative and summative, and they wanted to see that we were collaborating with the kids’ regular home school teachers. They want to make sure that we are keeping the kids on track with their peers.”
Applications were screened, and finalists received site visits from a KDE review committee, which consisted of a three-member team.
Each program selected as a Best Practice Site will receive $1,000 for instructional support and will be formally recognized at a future Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) meeting.
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