During yesterday’s meeting of the Big Spring ISD Board of Trustees, board members were made aware that remote learning for a majority of BSISD students has shown to be ineffective.
According to Superintendent Jay McWilliams, 68 percent of remote learners at the high school failed at least one class, with many failing two classes. At the junior high, 85 percent of virtual students had failed one or more classes. The highest rate of failures for the first 6 weeks was seen in 6th grade virtual learners. Out of 84 kids in virtual learning, 79 failed the class - mainly, because they didn’t log on to do the work.
On Monday, board members will have a special meeting to look at the possibility of discontinuing remote learning and returning to in-person learning.
McWilliams told KBest News that there are many kids who flourish with online learning, but a large percentage are not doing well.
"As a district, we have to look at - because those are our kids - should we change it? Take it away completely, or should we just modify? In other words, have criteria where you have to be passing everything at the end of the three weeks to remain in there; and if you're not you lose that option of staying virtual and you will either have to come back to Big Spring ISD, homeschool, or transfer to a school that will take you," said McWilliams.
Nothing has been decided as of yet, but a decision is likely to be made at the BSISD Board of Trustees Special Meeting scheduled for Monday, Oct. 12, 2020.
"We've done a lot of research on districts in the area that have already made that decision; and we're looking at it too because of the wear and tear it has put on our teachers doing double duty," stated McWilliams.
He went on to say that they are just trying to do what’s in the best interest of the students in the district.