Showing posts with label year long courses. Show all posts
Showing posts with label year long courses. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

When a parent goes before the School Board

It's not easy to get up and speak at a School Board meeting. When you are hoping to persuade the Board to move on something you care deeply about (your child), it can be very intimidating. 

You certainly don't want to tell all of your student's personal business, but you will have to reveal certain information to get a response. So, if one (or two) parent(s) get the nerve to go before the Board to discuss an issue, does that mean the issue is less valid because other parents have not shown up to articulate the same need?

District 150 explores options for grading system changes

Paris McConnell
Peoria School District 150 Superintendent Grenita Lathan is meeting with high school principals and counselors to look at new options for posting high school seniors grades for first semester classes.

The meeting comes after two parents expressed frustrations that District 150's change from semester to year-long courses could jeopardize students' chances for college admissions and scholarships, along with other problems they encountered concerning transcripts and grades.

"I'm all about change if it's effective, if it's going to make us progressive," Paris McConnell, parent of a Peoria High School senior, told board members during a regular board meeting Tuesday. McConnell described the problems she had getting an accurate transcript as "foolishness" and urged Lathan to communicate better with parents.

Lathan said the district could have done a better job of communicating with parents about move to year-long courses and that a curriculum review found past practices that did not always benefit students.

"You're right, there were mistakes" she said, referring to McConnell's concerns about how her son's eighth-grade algebra class was not part of his transcript. "When we found them we have tried to clean them up."

But overall, Lathan added,
"We can't change the formula for one student."

Many colleges base students' applications on grades they've earned through the junior year. But in some cases, especially for students trying to raise their grade point average, colleges will ask to see grades from the first semester of their senior year. The district's move to year-long courses means students' grades aren't posted until May for many classes. Source