MCISD holds December meeting


Madisonville CISD principals were in attendance for the monthly board meeting on Monday to discuss standard protocol for students who may be struggling with reading.

The educators have been using the same remediation strategy that has proved effective in the District for years.

“We want our students reading at the proper level, so remediation and acceleration are good things,” said Madisonville CISD Superintendent Keith Smith. “But not every student comes to us at the same reading level.”

Typically, a district’s reading ability is reflective of the graduation rate. While Madisonville has a tremendous graduation rate, member of the board showed concern for the growing reliance on standardized testing in the state of Texas and the emphasis placed on them.

“Standardized testing started as a good thing,” said Smith. “Now, it’s as if the state has overindulged and taken the focus off of developing a well-rounded student in all aspects.”

Smith emphasized that their goal as a school district is to produce students who are aware academically, emotionally, socially and spiritually. While standardized tests are important and have their place, it does not tell the whole story.

“The state is just concerned with test scores and that’s never going to change until parents decide enough is enough,” said Smith. “In order for real change, parents need to get involved and contact local elected officials.”

While Smith was clear in his stance, he also acknowledged that they are simply players in a game where they don't make the rules, and that they have to play by the rules until they are different.

In other business, the board:

•approved an agreement with the Underwood Law Firm Agreement; and

•appointed members to a School Health Advisory Committee