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.
our cohorts are approx 90... graduating classes mid 70's
The BOE/Administration has outlined the following edicts regarding grades:
1. No marking period grades below a 50 can ever be given.
this has changed a few times in the last few years but currently nothing below a 50 for the first two marking periods...
2. Every student, regardless of IEP conditions MUST take all Regents exams.
we follow whatever state regs are... I believe they sit for the minimum graduation requirement exams and then can use their safety net (if they have one)
3. Local exams are forbidden if a Regents exam is available.
teacher discretion here, but if it is more than a one year course then we HAVE to give a final exam as well as the regents
4. The accelerated 8th grade Algebra class is broken up once in high school.
our 8th graders are mixed in once they reach algebra...
5. There are no "lower level" Math courses...every student takes the same level course and are mixed in with all other ability levels.
we have a two year program to the algebra exam but the first year is extremely difficult on the teacher...
6. There is no 2-year Algebra I program allowed. (Nor a 1.5-yr. program either)
see number 5
7. All classes are 90-minute blocks
40 minute class periods
8. Any student that passes the Regents exam, passes the course, regardless of their actual average.
no 65 overall average then they have to repeat the course
I am VERY interested in your thoughts on any or all of the above conditions. Agree or disagree, I could use the information.