Wellington parents concerned about 'Summit Learning' curriculum

Published: Feb. 1, 2019 at 9:29 PM CST
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Parents in the Wellington school district say they're concerned about a new curriculum called, "Summit Learning."

The online program is aimed at letting students learn and work at their own pace, but some parents say it's not working for their child. Others have even chosen to pull their child from the district.

Tom Henning's son attended Wellington High School where Summit Learning curriculum is being used on 9th and 10th graders.

"The biggest thing he will tell you is he didn't feel like he was learning anything," said Henning. "We don't know if its the implementation or the platform, but it's not working."

Henning says his son had no option to opt out of the program so they moved districts. Now, they're finding out they're not the only ones unhappy with the program.

Earlier this week, students walked out of McPherson Middle School to protest "Summit Learning."

The McPherson School District told us the program is designed for students to learn and progress at their own speed. When they are ready to move on, they don't have to wait on the whole class to go to the next level.

Henning says say kids can work ahead, but it can take weeks to get feedback on a project. He also feels teachers are less involved...

The Kansas Department of Education says it's up to each school whether to use this curriculum or a different one, but Summit has become popular because it's free for districts.

Henning says parents and students have expressed their concerns to the district, but they don't feel like they are being heard.

"I think the ultimate solution is if the school board would open up and listen to our concerns, listen to the kids and not rely on administration of the school to give them information," he said.

We reached out to the Wellington School District and some of the board members and have not heard back.