Carmel Clay Schools puts high ability classroom changes ‘on hold’

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Carmel Clay Schools has canceled its plans to change its program for high ability students for the 2018-19 school year.

An email from the co-interim superintendents sent to parents April 9 states that “district-wide changes in high ability programming will be on hold for the 2018-2019 school year” and that “each school will provide services to high ability students under its current model.” It does not state if the district plans to implement the changes at a future time.

As a result, meetings scheduled at the 11 elementary school campuses this week to present information about the changes and gather feedback have been canceled.

The email states that CCS will send out a comprehensive survey in the coming weeks to gather input from parents.

A letter sent March 13 to parents of high ability students stated that CCS planned to begin using a Total School Cluster Grouping model beginning in the 2018-19 school year. TSCG places high ability students in classrooms with general education students. Teachers use differentiated instruction to work with groups of students within the classroom. Currently, high ability students are grouped together and taught by a high ability teacher.

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