Norfolk (Va.) Schools Tell Board Makeover Is Under Way

Monday, January 14, 2013

From revamped student achievement testing to an employee pay scale study and scrutiny of teacher absenteeism, the division is undergoing a sweeping makeover to improve its schools' success, administrators told the School Board at a retreat Saturday.

The first gauge of whether progress is being made will come around March 1. That's when a second round of districtwide benchmark testing will show if student scores have gone up under a new regimen that includes "safety nets," including homework clinics in each school.

"We have a lot to accomplish, and much of it is going to be incremental," said Superintendent Samuel King, who took charge in July.

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