By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
The State of the District report was presented by Superintendent Andy Grover, Junior and Senior High Principle Todd Shumway and Elementary Principle Sherry Ann Adams at the monthly School Board meeting.
The overriding theme among them all was the idea of mastery; students mastering the subjects instead of just learning information for a test.
“I think the best example I could use in understanding mastery is our kids take 13 years of English in our school systems,” said Superintendent Grover. “We still have kids that graduate that can’t write a complete sentence. Somewhere along those 13 years, they never mastered anything. So you have to break things up into concepts and have them master concepts at each of the levels, so when they get to the end they have a pretty good mastery of everything they have done and not just identifying a noun but having no idea how to use it.”
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