• In first grade every student will be tested to see how his or her mind is wired. If they have skipped first grade they will be tested in the grade they have skipped to.
    • No matter if you are home schooled or skipped first grade you will take this test.
  • Bring in programs like the Phonics Game, Math Game and Hooked on Phonics into the educational system in the elementary grade levels.
  • Limit the amount of homework for students in the first couple of grades.
    • No more than 30- 45 minutes to an hour max a night for first and second graders.
  • In second grade we will have nation wide tests for math and reading. Given no more than twice a year.
  • By the end of the third grade the student would have completed fourth grade math and reading level until that becomes the new set standard.
    • If not they will be held back.
  • In fourth grade we will start to have nation wide tests for math, reading and science. Given no more than twice a year.
  • In fifth grade we would half to start teaching students all about banks and some other things related to money and finance.
  • Reading and math levels 100% checked at the 3rd and 4th grade levels so we do not send out students with poor performance.
  • We may even have to go as so far as to rename the third, fourth and fifth grade classes to something else to better define what goals we are trying to reach with students in those grade levels.



Same as above but......

  • Do not have to finnish eight grade of reading at the end of the sixth grade.
    • They will though have to be at a begining 5th grade reading level at the end of 4th grade or they will be held back.
  • 100% must follow Middle School Student / Graduate Alternative rules.


Testing of students should begin in the first grade and the first major test they will take is a battery test to find out how his or her mind is wired. This type of a test is a battery exam type test that has no pass or fail for the student. A first graders mind is a very complex even at this young of an age and does not know the proper way to learn. Given them this battery type exam will help easily find this out. This will help the first grade teacher structure the class time better so his or her grades will the best they can be.

All students will take this test no matter if they are home schooled or not. Home-schooled students should come to school one day at take with someone that can administer this exam. Students that have skipped 1st grade will take in the grade they have skipped to.

I feel that programs like Hooked on Phonics are a good thing to use in the early elementary grade levels to get students to read better. I will never say programs like these are the 100% defacto thing that will get students to read, but they are good start.

I think nation wide testing in subjects should take place in second grade and be giving every year until eight grade. Finding out how we rate against other nations is a good thing and the scores from the test will be good for parents to know and for the school district to know what schools are bad or even what grades are bad.

Now these test scores are not the be all, end all, 100% set thing you only look at to see if a school is under-performing or not. You also have to look at how well the students are performing in class as well because not all students are great test takers.

Now these nation wide tests in reading and math are different from the traditional tests that the teacher will give out since these will be given out more frequently. Scores from these tests can help determine in you do move onto other grade levels if the teacher thinks they are important in you overall grade.

Limiting homework is a good thing as well for the first few grade levels. Too much of it, too soon will hurt the learning process which is a no-no. I do know that some students may complete work much faster than others so students and teachers will have to come to compromises on how much homework to give out each night.

For both versions of the Elementary School graduate / student we will have a progress report on the student at the end of 3rd grade and the 4th grade. I do want the student at proper reading and math levels no matter what version the school district uses. If they are too far behind we really need to keep the student behind to make sure they catch up with the other students.

I do have two different suggested ways a student can go through the first through eight grades and it is better to discuss these two ways in the Middle School Student/ Graduate web page on this website.

I do have some strict controls on these students. They will and can be held back if they are not performing well when it comes to math and reading skills. I for one do not want to send students up the ladder who are not performing at the level they must be at.




Hooked on Phonics Website: http://www.hop.com

Phonics Game & Math Game website: http://www.phonicsgame.com/

Fortin, Sassandra A. "Program adds up to pupils' success" Baltimore Sun (2006) n. oag. Online. Internet. Septembr 10, 2006
Available: http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/education/bal-

Glod, Maria "Schools Try Elementary Approach To Teaching Foreign Languages" Washington Post (2006) n. pag: A01. Online. Internet. Auguist 8, 2006
Available: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-

Glod, Maria "Schools Bank On Teaching Kids How to Save" Washington Post (2006) n. pag: A01. Online. Internet. May 22, 2006.
Available: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-

McFarland, Sheena"Making learning a guy thing" Salt Lake Tribune (2006) n. pag. Online. Internet. January 17, 2006
Available: http://www.sltrib.com/ci_3409374

Aguilar, Alexa"Everyday Math multiplies in schools" St. Louis Post-Dispatch (2006) n. pag. Online. Internet. January 3, 2006
Available: http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/news/stories.nsf/education/story/

Burke, Garance" Gradeschoolers learning on handhelds" USA Today & AP (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 11, 2005
Available: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techinnovations/2005-12-11-

"City schools show gains in math, less progress in reading" CNN.com & AP (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 1, 2005
Available: http://www.cnn.com/2005/EDUCATION/12/01/cityschools.ap/index.html

Rampey, Bobby D., Anthony D. Lutkus, and Gloria S. Dion "The Nation's Report Card: Trial Urban District Assessment, 2005 Mathematics Report Card" NCES (2005) n. pag. online. Internet. December 1, 2005
Available: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/dst2005/2006457.pdf

Lutkus, Anthony D., Bobby D. Rampey, and Patricia L. Donahue "The Nation's Report Card: Trial Urban District Assessment, 2005 Reading Report Card" NCES (2005) n. pag. online. Internet. December 1, 2005
Available: http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/pdf/dst2005/2006455.pdf

Manzo, Kathleen Kennedy "More Focus on Reading Fluency Needed, Study Suggests" Education Week (2005) n. pag. online. Internet. November 9, 2005
Available: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2005/11/09/11oral.h25.html

Robinson, Bill "Lexington 1 to turn off English in some classes" The State (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. October 24, 2005
Available: http://www.thestate.com/mld/thestate/living/education/12981662.htm

Mitchell, Nanacy "'Triage' for literacy gap" Rocky Mountain News (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. October 24, 2005
Available: http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/education/

Kapos, Shia "Making space for Spanish" Chicago Tribune (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. September 12, 2005
Available: http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/content/education/chi-

Feller, Ben "Foreign languages not just for big kids" Mercury News (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. August 15, 2005
Available: http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/

Pinzur, Mathhew I."The 4 R's: Schools may add recess" Miami Herald (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. July 29, 2005
Available: http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/12250507.htm

Bell, Kaitlin "Senate panel hears from advocates of assessment testing" Boston Globe (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. July 1, 2005
Available: http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/

Grant, Alexis "Congress told schools need more math and science" Houston Chronicle (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. May 20, 2005
Available: http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/politics/3190290

Bland, Karina "Schools pressured to cut recess" Arizona Republic (2005) n. pag. online. Internet. May 12, 2005
Available: http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/0512recess12.html

"Distance learning becoming part of school life" CNN.com & AP (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. March 3, 2005

Archibald, George "Math, English standards edge up" Washington Times (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. January 5, 2005
Available: http://www.washtimes.com/national/20050104-102725-7169r.htm

Stotsky, Sandra "The State of State English Standards 2005" Thomas B. Fordam Foundation (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. January 5, 2005
Available: http://www.edexcellence.net/doc/FullReport%5B01-03-05%5D.pdf

Klein, David, Bastiaan J. Braams, Thomas Parker, William Quirk, Wilfried Schmid, and W. Stephen Wilson"The State of State Math Standards 2005"Thomas B. Fordam Foundation (2005) n. pag. Online. Internet. January 5, 2005
Available: http://www.edexcellence.net/doc/mathstandards05FINAL.pdf

"U.S. students yield mixed results in science, math" CNN.com & AP (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 14, 2004

Patrick Gonzales, Juan Carlos Guzman, Lisette Partelow, Erin Pahlke, Leslie Jocelyn, David Kastberg, and Trevor Williams "Highlights From the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2003" NCES.ed.gov (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. December 14, 2004
Available: http://www.nces.ed.gov/pubs2005/2005005.pdf

Mathews, Jay "Reading More Into First Grade" Washington Post (2004) n. pag: A10 Online. Internet. November 29, 2004
Abvailable: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A20573-2004Nov29.html?sub=AR

"Study: Math test adds up to easy challenge" CNN.com & AP (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. November 18, 2004
Available: http://www.cnn.com/2004/EDUCATION/11/18/math.test.ap/index.html

Loveless, Tom " The 2004 Brown Center Report on American Education: HOW WELL ARE AMERICAN STUDENTS LEARNING?" Brookings Institution (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet November 2004
Available: http://www.brookings.edu/gs/brown/bc_report/2004/2004report.pdf

Hu, Winnie"Saturday Classes Begin for 5th Graders at Risk" NY Times (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. Novemner 7, 2004
Available: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/11/07/education/07schools.html?oref=login&oref=login

Diamond, Laura "Algebra, already" Atlanta Journal Constitution (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. November 5, 2004
Available: http://www.ajc.com/friday/content/epaper/editions/

Hui, T. Keung "Students shown the 'WAY' to health" News Observer (2004) n. pag. Online. Internet. October 27, 2004
Available: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/education/story/

Elder, Laura "Experts: First three years critical for child" Galveston County Daily News (2003) n. pag. Online. Internet. November 26, 2003
Available: http://www.galvnews.com/story.lasso?wcd=15568