Madison West High School pauses Personalized Pathways as model expands at 3 Madison high schools

Logan Wroge:

The school is hitting the pause button as it looks to address concerns that the program has not shown an improvement in student outcomes.

Pathways is billed as an interconnected, experiential approach where learning is centered around a career field; students form tight-knit communities with classmates and teachers within the pathway; and material learned in one class is connected to other classes. Eighth-grade students have the option to apply for Pathways before entering high school.

“We want students to think about how they’re experiencing high school and how those experiences have connections across classrooms and are tied to a theme that is brought to life across their four years,” said Cindy Green, the district’s executive director of secondary programs and Pathways.

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