The one teacher elementary classroom is on the way out in Palm Beach County, Florida. Third through fifth graders will have four diferent teachers for reading/language arts, math, science and social studies. Some schools will use specialists for first and second grades, and even kindergarten, reports the Sun-Sentinel.
Administrators say subject-matter experts will improve learning. Parents want proof the middle-school specialization model works for young children.
Via Core Knowledge Blog.
I used to tutor at East Palo Alto Charter School, which uses math-science specialists starting in mid-elementary school. Teachers who lack a strong math or science background can focus on teaching reading, writing and history. EPAC typically meets or exceeds state averages despite a high-poverty, all-minority student body with many English Language Learners. The math scores are especially strong.