In a message dated 6/22/2009 4:49:40 PM Eastern Daylight Time, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
How can we help the students and parents understand this disconnect other than offer a final plus the regents? Their thinking is that if they passed the regents, then they are ready for the next course.
Make up your own conversion chart that more accurately reflects the students' achievement (a more linear scale rather than the cubic regression that was used would be more accurate). The new scaled score can be used as a final exam and incorporated into the course final grade. The State's scaled score can go on the transcript to justify that the student has passed the minimum requirement for graduation. Giving two exams is too onerous and hard to justify when the kids have other finals to take. It shouldn't be hard to convince parents that the State's scale is the bare minimum standard that allows students to graduate but which does not reflect a student's readiness for subsequent courses. There is no rule that the Regents grade must be used to compute a student's final course grade. Schools have discretion in this regard; schools can set their own minimum standards, as long as they're not lower than the State's (that would be hard to do!).