NISD allowing elementary students to 'Stay Put'

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The disruption of switching schools for a student who moves into a new attendance zone is now eliminated by a "Stay Put" initiative adopted by the Nacogdoches Independent School District.

The idea is to require students to stay in the same elementary school they started for as long as possible, preferably through fifth grade. The goal is to provide consistency and increase academic strength of students.

"The higher the mobility rate for students, the lower the achievement, so indicating that when students are at a campus in the same culture with the same principals and teachers and they have an opportunity to build relationships and get to know them and their parents and then it's much more effective for them instructionally and socially," said Dr. Sandra Steward, the assistant superintendent of academic services.

The concept is used in exemplary rated Jacksonville ISD, where Stewart was a principal.

Shuttle buses are provided. Fewer teachers are needed.

NISD eliminated 14 teaching positions. The money was redirected to hiring reading specialists.

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