The TPSD has four scheduled 60-percent days this year. During those days, students will be released early, and teachers and administrators will use the afternoon for specific training or projects.
Today, teachers will divide into three groups.
One group will help develop the assessment tests that will be given to Tupelo students at different points during the year. The results from those tests will be used to determine early the areas where specific students are struggling. Teachers will then be able to use that information to change what they are teaching in order to make sure students better master the material before the state standardized tests in the spring.
Another group of 50 teachers will discuss ways to better break down the state curriculum and apply it in their classrooms. Those teachers will later share that information with other educators at their schools.
The third group, which will feature most of the district's teachers, will remain on their campuses and learn ways to make what they teach more in-depth and rigorous.
Other 60-percent days will be held on Sept. 28, Oct. 26 and Jan. 25. On those days, students will be dismissed between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m., depending on their grade level.
Future topics include helping the district prepare for the new national Common Core State Standards and interpreting student data to help those students improve.