Showing posts with label District 202. Show all posts
Showing posts with label District 202. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

School district eliminates honors English course


As we have heard, all District 150 programs are under review for the 2011-2012 school year. From what I understand, District 150's review is in an effort to open all programs up to more students. As a result, many in the Peoria community are highly concerned about the disposition (integrity) of honors courses.

As expected, dismantling institutionalized tracking comes with some push back to maintain the stauts quo. Despite opposition from hundreds of parents, the Evanston Township School Board is not deterred and is moving forward with their "detracking plan".
Evanston Township High School District 202 eliminates honors English course Board OKs 'detracking' plan after weeks of debate on academics, race, politics
After weeks of debate that touched on academics, race and politics, Evanston Township High School District 202 approved a dramatic plan Monday night that eliminates an honors English course for the highest-achieving incoming freshmen — usually white students.

The unanimous school board vote paves the way for freshmen of all races, socioeconomic and achievement backgrounds next fall to take the same freshman humanities course next fall. Proponents of the move see it as a way to diversify advanced courses and circumvent the traditional process of tracking students into courses by test scores that often places minorities in lower-level classes.

The board approved the plan despite opposition from hundreds of parents who signed a petition urging officials to at least delay the proposal while it can be studied further.

Among other concerns, parents felt top-performing students could be bored or held back in classes that cater to the abilities of a wide range of students. The class scheduled for elimination is designed for freshmen who outscore about 95 percent of peers nationally on eighth-grade tests.

Now, those students will be melded with all incoming freshmen able to read at the ninth-grade level, which the high school defines as scoring at or about the 40th percentile on the achievement test given to eighth-graders. All freshmen in the class will have the opportunity to earn honors credit, depending on their grades on assignments.

A small number of students below the 40th percentile will be in a different class, to get more help. Read entire article here.

Related article: Schools head denounces Rockford racism - Superintendent LaVonne Sheffield cited the community's racial divide as an obstacle to providing excellent public education for all children.