Norwich school board discusses alternative instruction programs

NORWICH – Initiating new programming to help students receive the additional help they may need throughout their high school tenure, local school officials say their new implementations are working well.

During the Norwich Board of Education meeting Dec. 18, one topic of discussion focused on the alternative instruction services, or AIS room. Instructor Betty Moubray was on hand to explain what the program is, why it was created, who it helps and what it achieved this past semester. The AIS room was put into place in September and took the place of the pre-existing “resource room.”

Moubray said 93 students are currently receiving one-on-one assistance from the four specialized area teachers who focus on English, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. She also explained the data is not complete enough after only one semester to rely on as far as statistic rates, although, she said she knows there has been achievement. She explained many students entering the high school taking the ELA exam have scored in the higher two classifictaions and students are continuing to succeed.

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