February 18th, 2012

Reactions to CPS’s New Academic Challenge Policy

Two letters to the Cambridge Chronicle published today express deep concern over the Cambridge Public School’s recently voted in Academic Challenge Policy:

“Nolan Explains Her Vote”, by School Committee Member Patty Nolan

An excerpt reads:

“Differentiation is extremely difficult to do. Cambridge has tried for 20-plus years. Our results? Uneven achievement, pockets of […]

February 11th, 2012

CPS Academic Challenge Policy is Voted In

On February 7th, the Cambridge Public School Committee voted in a new Upper School Academic Challenge Policy, as part of the Innovation Agenda‘s reshaping of Cambridge’s middle grades. The complete text of the Policy is below.

Reporter Andy Metzger’s coverage of the night of the vote is in this Cambridge Chronicle article: “Cambridge School Committee […]

February 3rd, 2012

ISP Students Continue to Voice Concerns to Cambridge SC

James Robinson ran this article in the Cambridge Chronicle today: “Cambridge students block plan to end advanced study program”. Here’s an excerpt:

The ISP course is an advanced learning curriculum that has been available to Cambridge middle school students for over five decades through the Peabody and Kennedy-Longfellow schools. It now faces the […]

January 25th, 2012

CALA Members Respond to Academic Challenge Plan

Last week Cambridge Superintendent Jeffrey Young published his administration’s Academic Challenge Plan, which will be voted on by the School Committee on February 7th. Last night the Committee hosted a hearing for public comment on the Plan. More than 70 people attended, including several CALA members, many parents and students from the ISP community, and […]

December 9th, 2011

ISP Evaluation

The Cambridge Public Schools’ Intensive Studies Program (ISP) was evaluated over the past six months by Nancy Brigham Associates (NBA) of Lexington, MA. NBA’s report, titled Perceptions and Realities: An Evaluation of the Intensive Studies Program, was published on the CPS website on December 2, 2011. It includes a thoughtful exploration of the issue of […]

December 6th, 2011

Q&A on Academic Challenge Policy and Related Topics

A new FAQ from Cambridge Public Schools‘ Superintendent Jeff Young was published yesterday. The FAQ is one of several answering questions about the Innovation Agenda currently being implemented in Cambridge’s middle Schools. This latest FAQ includes sections answering some questions about middle school math, Academic Challenge, the Intensive Studies Program, and advanced learners. The link […]

November 12th, 2011

ISP Students’ Rallies in the News

For over 50 years, the Intensive Studies Program (ISP) has been an educational option for students in need of advanced learning in the Cambridge Public Schools. In mid-November, 2011, 7th and 8th graders in the ISP organized two rallies to save the program, whose future is in question due to changes being made to […]