Paul Curtis 
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Re: “My Response To The Post By The Head Of BASIS Tucson

Oh, I should add, I will gladly supply both of my children's 4th (Fruchthendler), 5th (Basis Tucson North), 6th (Basis Tucson North), 7th (Basis Tucson North) & 8th (eldest child's Esperero Middle School) AZ Standardized tests, as well I'll give you a more in depth interview about my experiences. That way you've done at least some relevant research... Since this is my Facebook account, you can easily reach out to me...

Posted by Paul Curtis on 01/19/2016 at 6:13 PM

Re: “My Response To The Post By The Head Of BASIS Tucson

David,

I'm actually puzzled with your response, I can't take you seriously since much of your response is opinion and assertions. Honestly, I stopped reading your response because it couldn't be more contorted from the truth.

I'm going to share my personal and real experience with one of my 2 children whom were accepted and attended Basis Tucson North.

I went through the process of enrolling my eldest. We were fortunate that Basis was opening Basis Tucson North and a lottery wasn't needed. My child like every child, took the assessment test to place her properly into classes and in our case, to show where her weaknesses were to work on prior to starting school. The assessment test was just that, it was not/ is not a criteria for qualifying students into Basis. In fact, my child didn't meet their minimum standards for Math, yet was accepted. Additionally, we received ways to supplement her learning so that moving from Fruchthendler (4th grade) to Basis Tucson North (5th grade) went as smoothly as possible.

Quite the contrary to your assumptions...

During her first year at Basis she was given several methods of additional assistance to help her catch up in Algebra; upper school tutor, her teacher during teacher hours and after-hours assistance. I can't imagine having more support for her to learn.
Her second year was much of the same, ample assistance mastering math. I shouldn't say math as it was Algebra in both 5th and 6th grades. The curriculum at Basis is ahead of many schools, which was the main reason my child needed the extra help. Coming from Fruchthendler, most students had a leap to make scholastically.

Her AZ Standardized test scores for math went from "Approaching the Standard" @ Fruchthendler in 4th grade to "Meeting the Standard" in 5th @ Basis Tucson North to "Exceeding the Standard" @ Tucson Basis North in 6th grade.

So let's review the facts of my experience:

1. My child was a low performer in math before acceptance into Basis, but was still accepted
2. My child was given support, lots of support to succeed, not cast out
3. My child's Standardized AZ tests went from "Approaching the Standards" to "Exceeding the Standards" in just 2 years @ Basis Tucson North. Her knowledge was developed through the Basis model, not selected from the population

I would expect a journalist to do proper research to report facts and not make assertions or opinions. How about putting boots on the ground and doing some real research.

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Posted by Paul Curtis on 01/19/2016 at 5:38 PM

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