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Duval Superintendent Recommends New Middle-School Language Arts Curriculum

Cyd Hoskinson


Duval County Superintendent Nikolai Vitti is asking the School Board to consider a new middle-school language arts curriculum for next year.


The middle-school curriculum is called Paths to College and Career, the next step in the Duval Reads curriculum adopted for elementary school students last year. It’s aligned with Common Core standards.

A committee of 26 evaluators, including principals, teachers and parents, picked the curriculum out of seven choices. Adopting the materials would run the district nearly $2 million.

School Board member Becki Couch says she’s concerned about whether it has enough supplemental materials to help kids work at home. She says that’s a common complaint from parents.

School board member Connie Hall stressed the importance of supporting teachers through curriculum changes and quickly fixing problems so that teachers are not struggling.

Vitti says although there have been problems with the newly adopted elementary curriculum, he believes students are better educated than in years before, and teachers will get more comfortable with time.

The middle school language arts curriculum could be voted on as soon as March.

Lindsey Kilbride was WJCT's special projects producer until Aug. 28, 2020. She reported, hosted and produced podcasts like Odd Ball, for which she was honored with a statewide award from the Associated Press, as well as What It's Like. She also produced VOIDCAST, hosted by Void magazine's Matt Shaw, and the ADAPT podcast, hosted by WJCT's Brendan Rivers.