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ERIC Number: ED002733
Record Type: RIE
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Pages: 17
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THE NONGRADED PROGRAM.
CRAIGEN, EVA; AND OTHERS
BASED ON THE BELIEF THAT CHILDREN MATURE AT DIFFERENT RATES OF SPEED AND SHOULD HAVE SCHOOLS GEARED TO THEIR INDIVIDUAL NEEDS AND DIFFERENCES, THE MILWAUKIE, OREGON, ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS INSTITUTED A NONGRADED PRIMARY SYSTEM. IN THE NONGRADED PROGRAM, THE PRIMARY IS DIVIDED INTO NINE LEVELS RATHER THAN THREE GRADES. THE WORK OF THE FIRST THROUGH THIRD GRADES IS COVERED IN THE FIRST EIGHT LEVELS, AND THE NINTH LEVEL IS DEVOTED TO ENRICHMENT. BECAUSE CHILDREN ADVANCE TO THE NEXT LEVEL ONLY WHEN THEY ARE INDIVIDUALLY READY, THE POSSIBILITIES OF FAILURE AND UNNECESSARY REPETITION ARE AVOIDED. PLACEMENT IN FIRST YEAR IS DETERMINED BY READINESS TESTS AND TEACHER JUDGEMENTS. PROGRESS IS REPORTED THROUGH PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES AND REPORT CARDS. CLASSROOMS ARE EXCHANGED AT VARIOUS TIMES FOR STORY TELLING OR OTHER ACTIVITIES, CLASSES OF TWO AND THREE LEVELS ARE GROUPED FOR SUCH ACTIVITIES AS MUSIC, SO THAT CHILDREN MIX WITH OTHER CHILDREN AND TEACHERS AT ALL LEVELS. IF THE PRIMARY PROGRAM IS COMPLETED BY A CHILD IN 2 YEARS, HE IS MOVED TO FOURTH GRADE ONLY IF HIS SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND PHYSICAL MATURITY ARE EQUAL TO HIS ACADEMIC PROGRESS. OTHERWISE AN ENRICHMENT PROGRAM IS INDIVIDUALIZED FOR HIM. THE TOTAL PRIMARY EXPERIENCES OF CHILDREN IN NONGRADED SCHOOLS ARE THE SAME AS THOSE FOR CHILDREN IN GRADED SCHOOLS, BUT THE TIME SCHEDULE IS LESS RIGID. THE PROGRAM IS BASED ON READING, THEREFORE LEVEL ADVANCEMENT IS THE RESULT OF MASTERY OF READING SKILLS. IF THE CHILD HAS PROBLEMS IN ARITHMETIC HE WILL GET INDIVIDUALIZED HELP WITH THEM AT HIS NEW LEVEL. THE TEXT IS ACCOMPANIED BY CHARTS SHOWING RANGES IN MENTAL AGES, GROWTH, AND COMPARISONS OF TRADITIONAL AND NONGRADED ORGANIZATION.
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Authoring Institution: Milwaukie Elementary School District, OR.
Identifiers: Oregon (Milwaukie)