“There’s things associated with the teachers’ contract and extra preps, but it’s the best way to run high schools. Nationwide, there’s all kinds of evidence about establishing advisories for high schools and personalizing the learning environment-getting kids known by an adult at a ratio of 10 to 15 kids to 1 [teacher].
“At my former school we did performance-based diplomas, so their advisor would help them build their portfolio of work. They had to show 26 pieces by the time they graduated. To a panel of judges, they had to present their work, like defending a discertation, or your thesis,” Lord said. “I would love for Andover to jump into that...If people want to start the conversation, and they think performance-based diplomas that would complement the MCAS results for a graduation requirement would be of value, I could help set that up.”