Students improve credit accumulation

FORT FRANCESE—Trustees were to hear a report on the success of the credit accumulation program aimed at high school students during the Rainy River District School Board’s regular meeting Tuesday night.
The goal of the program is to increase credit accumulation in Grade 9 and 10 students.
Since the inception of the program, the board has seen a 20 percent improvement in credit accumulation.
Back in 2004/05, just 47 percent of the board’s students had accumulated 16 or more credits by the end of Grade 10. In 2005/06, 67 percent had achieved that same goal.
Ian Simpson, assistant to the director of education, was to present the local data in comparison to provincial numbers to trustees.
Also Tuesday night, the board was to hear a report on the rise in the number of students who require assistive technology to improve reading and writing skills.
“The number of laptops equipped with [assistive] software programs have tripled each year since 2003,” the report reads.
Special education staff will be attending a number of workshops and conferences in February and March for professional development.
Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, scheduled for 7 p.m. at Robert Moore School, the board was to:
•hear a report on the second-annual Family Literacy Day event held Jan. 25;
•acknowledge the youth leadership program at the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program in its monthly Recognition of Excellence; and
•hear an update on the “Learning to 18” initiative.