Many changes are coming to the Crestwood School District this fall, both in administration and curriculum. The reshaping of how the district is run and managed took endless hours of planning and analysis and, last week, Assistant Superintendent Joseph Rasmus explained the changes and spoke of his excitement for better-run schools.
“We’re changing everything from K to 12, not just hitting the reset button,” Rasmus related. “It’s been a long, arduous process and we’re still in the midst of finalizing the planning, but we are confident we’re well prepared for a successful 2017-18 school year.”
Rasmus, who’s worked at Crestwood for almost a year, supervises curriculum and instruction at each school. While assessing the current structure of the schools and analyzing the marketplace, economy, and atmosphere of local colleges, it
was decided that Crestwood needed
to revamp its teaching methods.
“We’re not diminishing the value
of what we have, we just recognize
the need to change,” Rasmus said.
“Success looks different to the
Crestwood students graduating this
June 13 than it did when I graduated
in June of 1990.”
Another factor in Crestwood’s
decision to change curriculum
came from the Pa Department of
Education’s proposed blueprints
for its new state grading system,
the Future Ready Pa Index. Many
districts related to state officials that
there are concerns with overemphasis
on test scores to measure students’
success rather than actual learning
measures. Crestwood agreed and
hoped that, with the new changes,