Tolland High School Block Scheduling
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The TPS superintendent, Dr. Walter Willett, is trying to get rid of block scheduling. Under this system, there would be seven or eight blocks a day, meaning more homework and seven finals at once. Since he's instituting mastery-based learning next year, only midterm, final, or benchmark grades would count, which makes about 4 grades a semester per class. Smaller test grades would not count and could be retaken multiple times, but the final could not be retaken. If you failed it, smaller classwork grades couldn't help raise your grade. With additional benchmarks and less of a focus, students would likely do less well on the finals, which are most of their grade. This petition is open to all Tolland high schoolers and middle schoolers, since his decision directly affects them. Many teachers agree with me, and you won't get in trouble if you sign it. If I get a significant amount of signatures, I'll present this petition to him. While the focus in on block scheduling, I can put in a word or two about the cons of mastery-based learning. Please share this with your friends and help protest his decision!
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