Citizens debate factors behind student success

By Stephanie Hernandez McGavin
The Meridian Times

The Okemos School Board heard some concerns Feb. 9 that district administrators are relying too heavily on state expectations and standardized tests. The district’s School Improvement Plan offered three goals aimed at student proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics. While some school board and community members say these goals are fundamental building blocks, others, like school board Secretary Vincent Lyon-Callo, said that a modernized process of education needs to be established. Lyon-Callo worried that holding students to a definitive meaning of success by state standards would stifle some students’ potential.