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Topic: hypothetical school
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michelle Van Etten

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From: Moravia High School
Registered: 6/24/09
Re: hypothetical school
Posted: May 25, 2011 9:21 AM
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I think that with the number of positions being cut we will see more and
more schools have the accelerated students put into regular classes at the
high school level. Its unfortunate but I can see with positions being cut
how it would be a necessity. Some of the others scare me more. I don't
know how you can expect all students to master algebra in one year. I also
think its an awful message to send if you pass the algebra one regents then
you some how are ready for geometry and subsequent classes. Its less than
40% to pass.

On Wed, May 25, 2011 at 9:04 AM, <> wrote:

> we already do 1,2, 3, and 4! Not crazy about several of these.
> ---- "Samis wrote:

> > WOW! We have 1, 4, 7, and 8 (that I know for sure) in our school. I find
> it very difficult to give a child a 50 when they don't even come to school.
> But hey lets give the child a chance to pass just in case they decide to do
> what they are supposed to do. We also have had students pass the regents and
> fail the class but they move on. What concerns me is the fact that students
> can pass with the minimum required in Algebra and move on. We are basically
> telling our students that if you know 40% of the material, your golden. THEY
> don't see how it will hurt them down the road...WE do. Totally blows me
> away..

> >
> > From: [mailto:

>] On Behalf Of
> > Sent: Wednesday, May 25, 2011 8:25 AM
> > To:
> > Subject: hypothetical school
> >
> > I know you are busy at this time of year. But I have something for you

> to ponder.........
> >
> > This is about a hypothetical school in a first-ring suburb with cohort

> sizes around 110.
> >
> > The BOE/Administration has outlined the following edicts regarding

> grades:
> >
> > 1. No marking period grades below a 50 can ever be given.
> > 2. Every student, regardless of IEP conditions MUST take all Regents

> exams.
> > 3. Local exams are forbidden if a Regents exam is available.
> > 4. The accelerated 8th grade Algebra class is broken up once in high

> school.
> > 5. There are no "lower level" Math courses...every student takes the
> same level course and are mixed in with all other ability levels.
> > 6. There is no 2-year Algebra I program allowed. (Nor a 1.5-yr. program
> either)
> > 7. All classes are 90-minute blocks
> > 8. Any student that passes the Regents exam, passes the course,

> regardless of their actual average.
> >
> > I am VERY interested in your thoughts on any or all of the above

> conditions. Agree or disagree, I could use the information.
> >
> > Thanks!
> >
> > Jim

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