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Metro Schools evaluates ways to improve performance

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Metro Nashville Public Schools are about to make big changes that will mean eliminating some positions at the central office and enlisting higher expectations from school principals.

But exactly what it means for your child's education remains to be seen.

Principals and community leaders listened Tuesday as David Moran - a consultant with Tribal Group, which Metro Schools hired last year to improve its low-performing schools - talked about what he has observed and the ways he believes MNPS could be better.

Belshire Elementary School is an example of what's to come. Its principal, Dr. Chris Marczak, leads a school that is among the top 10 in the state.

Belshire also earned the distinction of becoming a "reward school" by pushing the idea of goal-setting for students.

Among the advancements, the school's students are issued notebooks with individual learning plans and goals to be met.

Teacher Jennifer Caudle took her students through an exercise Tuesday of solving fractions, measurements and other math skills on a touchscreen computer that involved students in the hands-on learning process.

"Do me a favor. If it's a fraction, move it to where it's a fraction. If it's a whole, move it to where it's a whole. Ready? Go," Caudle said.

Marczak said he likes where this instructional process is going.

"Whenever you're presented with data, you have two choices. It's up to us to do the work," he said.

These changes are coinciding with the district's attempt to win another $40 million in the federal Race to the Top program.

As for the cuts to central office staff, MNPS Director Dr. Jesse Register said he did not know a specific number of jobs that would be affected.

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