The Manchester Board of School Committee will hold a special meeting on Monday, April 1, 2019 (No, really, that’s the date of the meeting.) to discuss leveling in the city’s schools. Leveling is the practice of grouping students by ability level in any given subject to better enable teachers to instruct, support or otherwise assist students of similar abilities in a class.
Outgoing Superintendent of Schools Dr. Bolgen Vargas will make a presentation based on 110 pages of information provided on the agenda. Vargas, whose superintendency will come to an end on May 1, 2019, has often been critical of how the district levels students, complaining that the lower levels lack rigor, that elective classes that shouldn’t be leveled are and that leveling causes the district to offer “twice as many classes as the Boston Public Schools.”
Monday’s meeting is open to the public. The agenda with Vargas’ presentation is provided here for your advance review.