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School board buys Edusoft software

By By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
June 6, 2003
The Meridian School Board voted unanimously Thursday to purchase software that will allow teachers to design their own tests that mimic statewide standardized tests.
The board had voted last month against signing a contract with Edusoft, a software program that would provide teachers and principals a means of self-assessment.
Board members said they now better understand the software and are in favor of it because it does not require excessive data entry for teachers.
Cheryl Thomas, executive director of curriculum and professional development, said the school district has been searching for software to let teachers assess student performance at any point in the year.
Sylvia Autry, assistant superintendent, said the software will help principals assess their schools' performance at any point in the school year. Autry also said all principals in the district want the software.
In other business, the Meridian School Board took the following actions:
They renewed the Barksdale Reading Institute agreement for Crestwood Elementary and Oakland Heights Elementary schools.
They voted to make three buses available for the general education development program at the Boys and Girls Club of America. Previously, one bus was available.