More bridge projects reported by state school officials
Those bridge projects that everyone hoped would go away when they were introduced four or five years ago, are here to stay as long as the High School Assessments survive, it appears. Yes, more students, not fewer are using them to meet the HSA requirement, the state reported today. Bernard Sadusky, the interim state superintendent for schools, was originally in charge of those bridge projects for the state. In an interview today, he said he has interviewed hundreds of students about their experiences with the test and the bridge projects. "We would like to see that number (of projects) decrease," he said. "I think we would have to take a strong look at the interventions" students are getting before they take the tests. "In my mind there is no reason every student can't pass the test."
Those students who struggle, Sadusky said, tell him they give up on the test about 45 minutes into the end of year assessments. But students tell him that the projects can be done in segments. "The bridge examples are practical and they can relate to them," Sadusky said. Teachers who overseen students working with the bridge projects, tell him that they know use some of those projects in their regular lessons because they are so successful with struggling students. About 30 percent of all special education students and a third of English Language Learners are using the bridge plans to meet the graduation requirement.