Malverne prepares for tough year

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Though the district has managed to achieve national rankings in The Washington Post and Newsweek for its accelerated Advanced Placement program, along with other accomplishments — Malverne High School recently sent off its best graduating class to date, in which 95 percent received Regents diplomas, according to Hunderfund — administrators will be required to submit a detailed progress report to the Education Department about their methods of improvement at Davison two months into the school year.

With regard to the new Common Core Standards, the district intends to improve test results this year by having teachers survey the work that will be produced by their students and discuss their understanding of the material with colleagues. Hunderfund also said that the district would increase learning time for students in both primary and intermediate schools this year, adding 37 minutes of instruction per day.

“We’re going to double our efforts to meet goals, and even if we think that standard has been superimposed in a premature manner, we’re still going to try to meet it,” Hunderfund said in a previous interview.

Aside from revising the schools’ curriculum, the district will initiate plans to incorporate new technology this year, including the use of promethium boards and iPads in every classroom, and a new biotech laboratory at the high school.

Hunderfund’s message for his students? “Get a lot of rest, because you’re going to need it.”

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