KidsHappen Posted December 2, 2011 Share Posted December 2, 2011 To avoid bias on my part here is the email in full that I receive from the school district today. I have removed the county's and certain individual names. _____________ Schools has plenty to be proud of according to the 2011 State Report Card. The yearly report provides a profile of each school district throughout the state, using various standardized assessments and collected statistics to award grades. The 2011 Report Card is based on performance and statistics from the 2010-11 school year. Below are some of the district highlights from the 2011 Report Card: *Straight A's in Achievement *Improvement in Growth Areas: *From a D to a B in reading *From a D to a C in math *Maintained a B in social studies *Maintained a D in science *All A's in writing for 5th, 8th and 11th grades *Composite ACT score grew by one tenth of a point to 22.8 WCS Superintendent ___________ says he is pleased with the improvement, however the district will continue to focus on areas like reading and math while also putting more emphasis on social studies and science. "I think this is an opportunity to thank the teachers and the principals in the buildings for working so hard and having such a focus on student achievement in ___________," said Superintendent ___________. "I want to thank our elected officials for giving us the resources and to our students for stepping up to the plate and proving once again that ____________ rocks." Firsst of all, if my child came home with this report card I would not be pleased. I certainly would not be bragging. Secondly, If any individual student came home from the school with this report card the state would legally mandate that said student be legally required to attend detention. The law on this is as states: SENATE BILL 414 By Barnes AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 6, relative to remedial instruction for students. BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE: SECTION 1. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 30, is amended by adding the following as a new, appropriately designated section: This part shall apply to a student's attendance at any remedial instruction that is required by the student's school, including but not limited to programs conducted during the summer and after the conclusion of the regular school day. The decision to require a student's attendance at such instruction shall be made by the principal of the student's school in coordination with any teachers who provide instruction to the student and any other appropriate school faculty. The student's attendance shall be required until the principal determines that the student is no longer in need of remedial instruction. SECTION 2. This act shall take effect upon becoming a law, the public welfare requiring it. The principal can legally requite student (subject to state attendance laws) to attend detention without limit on his/her sole discretion for as long as he/she sees fit. As I have mentioned several times, we live in the richest county in TN and one of the richest in the country. We have bright students, good teachers and actively engaged parents. Teachers (although I am not sure this is of their own accord) make themselves available to struggling students. Parents can and do pay for additional tutoring and students are carryng heavy homework loads. I think it is safe to say that we do not have a large percentage of underacheiving students in our district. I strongly feel that this is a case of a failing school district. Last year the school made it a stated policy to send home homework on subject material that had not been taught. We are actively involved in politics in our state and obviously will be directing more attention to this particular issue so mostly this is just a vent about a subject that I am outraged about now. Please forgive me if I am not expressing myself adequately right now as this is literally off the cuff. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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