The individual graduation program was created in 2015 to allow students who failed no more than two end-of-course exams in English, U.S. history, biology, and algebra.
“Every senior in the state of Texas is eligible under this law to go before committee if they have not passed the test. But the law is, that they can only fail no more than two of the five that they are required to take. So they can walk the stage, and their transcripts say they graduated,” said C.C.I.S.D. Chief Academic Officer says Dr. James Rosebrock.
Corpus Christi Independent School District Chief Academic Officer Dr. James Rosebrock says students can be granted their diplomas on other factors, like passing their classes with acceptable attendance and grades.
Many kids really work hard, and there is research that there is test anxiety. As a parent, I had my oldest daughter who was very anxious when she took test. Every time she went into a STARR test, I had some concerns as a parent. So, I think this is a valuable piece of legislation that supports our students and does not penalize them for perhaps working hard, making good grades, but yet just having test anxiety,” said Rosebrock.
The current legislation for the graduation program expires in August of 2017. Many school organizations have asked the legislators to extend it, and they have listened, and now the propose legislation is extended to 2021. Now, some of the negative comments about the law are that any kid does not have to try, does not need to come to school, and the district will still pass them.
“I think that is incorrect. Because again, they have to show they have tried, they had to have good attendance. The committee is looking at work performance, teacher recommendations, past portfolios of their work, and so it is a privilege to be able to graduate under this law. Because the teachers and the committee, principals, and administrators are doing everything they can to help those kids. If they choose not to accept that help then the committees are not going to pass them," said Rosebrock.
This program was set up to help students with language barriers, learning disabilities, and test anxiety.
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