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  • 1. PROPOSED BOARD POLICY REVISION : REFORMING THE SECONDARY SCHOOL PROMOTION POLICY FIRST READER PRESENTED BY: MR. ROGER SHAW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS 200 E. NORTH AVENUE BALTIMORE, MD 21202
  • 2. Current City Schools Board Policies
    • To be promoted, high school students must achieve a designated number of Carnegie units/credits per grade. Students must achieve a passing grade (60) for each course taken to earn Carnegie units/credits.
    • 1. To be promoted from grade nine to grade ten, students must have earned at least 4 Carnegie units/credits, which include English I and algebra.
    • 2. To be promoted from grade ten to grade eleven, students must earn 5 Carnegie units/credits, (9 cumulative) which include English II, geometry and/or American Government.
    • 3. To be promoted from grade eleven to grade twelve, students must have earned at least 6 Carnegie units/credits (15 cumulative).
    • 4. To graduate from the twelfth grade and receive a City Schools diploma, students must have earned a minimum of 21 credits. In addition, students must take Maryland State High School Assessments for English, algebra/data assessment, geometry, biology, government and provide documentation that they have completed 75 hours of service learning.
    703.05 : Student Promotion Policy & Requirements for Grades 9-12
  • 3.
    • (1) Update City Schools Policies
    • (2) Ensure Policy Supports Students Success
    • Current City Schools secondary promotion policy:
      • Is outdated and does not reflect current State policies.
      • Does not incorporate any mention of the HSA graduation requirement and does not incorporate the Bridge Project Plan into the graduation calculus.
      • Relies on class passage assumptions that are no longer needed as a result of the State’s HSA requirement.
    • Current “gatekeeper” classes for students in the 9 th & 10 th grades:
      • Do not benefit students who have earned sufficient credits to be promoted to the next grade and unnecessarily prevent students from taking upper-level classes on-time
      • Unnecessarily discourage at-risk students by freezing their school status based on an outdated policy.
    Two Major Rationales for Revisions
  • 4. Selected Counties’ Promotion Policies – A Comparison
    • Students must pass a strict course sequence, governing all subjects to qualify for promotion to the next grade. Must “complete” prior grade before being promoted to next grade.
    • Students may retake classes through various alt. programs.
    • Principals may provide waiver for students.
    • 9 th – 10 th = 4 credits & pass grade 9 english or social studies class.
    • 10 th – 11 th = 9 credits & pass grade 10 english or social studies.
    • 11 th – 12 th = minimum of 13 credits & have scheduled the required courses to reach 20 credits.
    • Students may double their English or Social Studies classes, but final doubling decision rests with the principal.
    Baltimore County Howard County
    • Promotion policy is generally left to the discretion of the school principal. “Grading” is considered a factor for promotion but consultation should be made with parents & schools.
    Wicomico County
    • 9 – 10 th = 6 credits & 3 must be in academic subjects.
    • 10 th – 11 th = 13 credits & 7 must be in academic subjects.
    • 11 th – 12 th = 20 credits & 11 must be in academic subjects.
    • Parent may file appeal if student is retained. Final decision with principal.
    • 22 credits required at graduation.
    Anne Arundel County
    • 9 th – 10 th = 5 credits, 1 must include English course
    • 10 th – 11 th = 10 credits, 2 must include English course
    • 11 th – 12 th = 14 credits, including 2 English credits. (recently amended), & 3 years of attendance
    • 21 credits required at graduation with specifications.
    Montgomery County Prince George’s County
    • 9 th – 10 th = 5 credits
    • 10 th – 11 th = 10 credits
    • 11 th – 12 th = 15 credits
    • Final promotion responsibility rests with the principal, who may make exceptions for students.
  • 5. Proposed City Schools Policy Change:
    • To be promoted, high school students must achieve a designated number of Carnegie units/credits per grade. Students must achieve a passing grade (60) for each course taken to earn Carnegie units/credits.
    • 1. To be promoted from grade nine to grade ten, students must have earned at least 4 Carnegie units/credits.
    • 2. To be promoted from grade ten to grade eleven, students must earn 5 Carnegie units/credits (9 cumulative).
    • 3. To be promoted from grade eleven to grade twelve, students must have earned at least 6 Carnegie units/credits (15 cumulative), and have attained three years of attendance.
    • 4. To graduate from the twelfth grade and receive a City Schools diploma, students must have earned a minimum of 21 credits. In addition, students must take and pass the Maryland State High School Assessments for English, algebra/data assessment, biology, American government, or pass a Board approved alternative (including the Bridge Project Plan) , and students must provide documentation that they have completed 75 hours of service learning.
    703.05 : Student Promotion Policy & Requirements for Grades 9-12 **Additional language revisions merely update graduation policy to align with current COMAR and MSDE standards, and do not substantively alter the City’s current graduation policy.
  • 6.
    • PRESENTED BY:
    • MR. ROGER SHAW
    • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS
    • BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS
    • 200 E. NORTH AVENUE
    • BALTIMORE, MD 21202
    Questions.