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Hsa Exemption Presentation Elim Gateway Classes 041509 (2)

  1. 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. 2. Current City Schools Board Policies <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>3. To be promoted from grade eleven to grade twelve, students must have earned at least 6 Carnegie units/credits (15 cumulative). </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>703.05 : Student Promotion Policy & Requirements for Grades 9-12
  3. 3. <ul><li>(1) Update City Schools Policies </li></ul><ul><li>(2) Ensure Policy Supports Students Success </li></ul><ul><li>Current City Schools secondary promotion policy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is outdated and does not reflect current State policies. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Does not incorporate any mention of the HSA graduation requirement and does not incorporate the Bridge Project Plan into the graduation calculus. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relies on class passage assumptions that are no longer needed as a result of the State’s HSA requirement. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Current “gatekeeper” classes for students in the 9 th & 10 th grades: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Unnecessarily discourage at-risk students by freezing their school status based on an outdated policy. </li></ul></ul>Two Major Rationales for Revisions
  4. 4. Selected Counties’ Promotion Policies – A Comparison <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Students may retake classes through various alt. programs. </li></ul><ul><li>Principals may provide waiver for students. </li></ul><ul><li>9 th – 10 th = 4 credits & pass grade 9 english or social studies class. </li></ul><ul><li>10 th – 11 th = 9 credits & pass grade 10 english or social studies. </li></ul><ul><li>11 th – 12 th = minimum of 13 credits & have scheduled the required courses to reach 20 credits. </li></ul><ul><li>Students may double their English or Social Studies classes, but final doubling decision rests with the principal. </li></ul>Baltimore County Howard County <ul><li>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. </li></ul>Wicomico County <ul><li>9 – 10 th = 6 credits & 3 must be in academic subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>10 th – 11 th = 13 credits & 7 must be in academic subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>11 th – 12 th = 20 credits & 11 must be in academic subjects. </li></ul><ul><li>Parent may file appeal if student is retained. Final decision with principal. </li></ul><ul><li>22 credits required at graduation. </li></ul>Anne Arundel County <ul><li>9 th – 10 th = 5 credits, 1 must include English course </li></ul><ul><li>10 th – 11 th = 10 credits, 2 must include English course </li></ul><ul><li>11 th – 12 th = 14 credits, including 2 English credits. (recently amended), & 3 years of attendance </li></ul><ul><li>21 credits required at graduation with specifications. </li></ul>Montgomery County Prince George’s County <ul><li>9 th – 10 th = 5 credits </li></ul><ul><li>10 th – 11 th = 10 credits </li></ul><ul><li>11 th – 12 th = 15 credits </li></ul><ul><li>Final promotion responsibility rests with the principal, who may make exceptions for students. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Proposed City Schools Policy Change: <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>1. To be promoted from grade nine to grade ten, students must have earned at least 4 Carnegie units/credits. </li></ul><ul><li>2. To be promoted from grade ten to grade eleven, students must earn 5 Carnegie units/credits (9 cumulative). </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul>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. 6. <ul><li>PRESENTED BY: </li></ul><ul><li>MR. ROGER SHAW </li></ul><ul><li>EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF SECONDARY SCHOOLS </li></ul><ul><li>BALTIMORE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS </li></ul><ul><li>200 E. NORTH AVENUE </li></ul><ul><li>BALTIMORE, MD 21202 </li></ul>Questions.

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