Middle school student critical of iReady program

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A Twelve Bridges Middle School student Tuesday night told the Western Placer Unified School District board of trustees that an interactive language arts program is a waste of time.

Eighth-grader Quest Rose presented the school board with 413 signatures he collected from fellow students at the school who would also like to get rid of the iReady program.

“It’s a little childish for middle school. It’s not appropriate,” Rose said. “It wastes time and costs a substantial amount of money, $30 per student per subject per year.”

The school district’s assistant superintendent of educational services Kerry Callahan said the iReady program is an “individualized platform based on diagnostic assessment of student skills development in math and language arts.

“It’s highly successful at the elementary schools. From K to 5, it is fabulous,” Callahan said. “The program is struggling with student motivation at the middle schools.”

This is the program’s first year at the middle school level, according to Callahan.

School board Chairman Paul Carras was impressed with Rose’s presentation and asked Callahan to look into the program at the middle school level.

The next school district board meeting will be on Nov. 20.

Superintendent’s report

Western Placer Unified School District Superintendent Scott Leaman said the schools will go paperless for all future fliers. The district will use the Peachjar program for all student notices.

“There will be electronic posting of fliers from now on,” Leaman said. “Fliers will be emailed to parents and posted at the website. We’re going to save a lot of trees.”

The Peachjar program is $35 for a lifetime membership and either he or the individual campus principals will authenticate the fliers, Leaman said.

Student representative

Lindsey Ridgeway, a Lincoln High School senior and school board student representative, said 46 students paid $15 each to ride a Booster Bus Nov. 2 to the football playoff game in Tracey. The Lincoln High School varsity football team lost to Tracy. The golf team came in fifth-place at the playoff’s divisional round.