Starting next year, some Longview students may not have to go to school the last ten days of the year. Tuesday night, the Longview ISD school board unanimously voted to apply for the state's "Optional Flexible Year Program." That means any student, Kindergarten through 12th grade, who passes the TAKS test does not have to attend the last ten days of school.
"What we're looking at it something a little different, something that's a direct incentive to the student to take the test and try a little harder. We feel like ten days off at the end of the school year is an excellent incentive for our over achieving and our above average and the students that aren't having any problems with their coursework," says Dr. James Wilcox, the Superintendent.
He says aside from rewarding students who do well, the ten days will also give teachers the time to focus more one-on-one attention to students who need it. He says the program's not a-go-ahead just yet because he is waiting on approval from each of the campus principals first.