Nebraska’s education commissioner says schools must use proven methods over a long period of time to overcome whatever obstacles might stand in the way of a student learning.
Commissioner Roger Breed says school districts can only control what goes on in school and must do what they can to help students overcome obstacles to learning. Some students grow up in poverty. Others suffer poor health. Still others make do in stressful home environments. A few students face a combination of factors that hamper their ability to learn.
Breed says school districts can only focus on what they can control, what occurs once the student comes to class.
He says correct curriculum consistently taught in the classroom over time can be combined with measures to help students that fall behind.
“What are the time-supports that we can get? What are the extra teachings that we can provide? Whatever is needed; tutoring, mentoring to get students up to snuff with regard to our standards,” Breed says.
Breed says those must be in place and used over a long period of time can over obstacles.
“To the extent that we can,” Breed acknowledges. “Sometimes, just in life, sometimes other things prevail and are more important than state tests.”
Breed says educators cannot control home life, but only what occurs when students arrive at school.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]