Holt Public School District uses benchmark screeners to individualize education

By Ashley Gibbard
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

Back in the 1970s when Holt Public Schools Superintendent David Hornak went to school, every student was taught the exact same thing the exact same way whether they could understand it or not. “Back when I went to school it was ‘this is the way you’re going to be taught. If you get it, great. If you don’t, that’s your problem,’” Hornak said. “Whatever teachers were instructed to teach is what they taught and they just hoped it stuck with the majority of students.”

Having worked in the Holt Public School District for 22 years now, Hornak shed some light on the program that the district now uses to evaluate each individual student and how they try and meet their needs.