Schools are opening up again to administer Advanced Placement exams for selected students according to the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. They put in place the following rules to allow them to have the testing administered in the school buildings, yet not infect everyone with COVID-19.
According to their plan, following rules are supposed to be observed:
- No congregating outside school.
- Ordered/staggered entrance and exit of students into and out of the building and classrooms.
- No more than a total of 10 students and staff in any single classroom.
- Adequate spacing of desks to ensure social distancing in each classroom.
- Students must return home immediately following the test.
Are these safety rules a sign of what is to come in education? When schools are re-opened for both students and staff, is this how schools will conducted? It will be interesting to see what happens this coming September.
90%-100% of graduates at most high schools throughout Massachusetts meet the minimum number of courses in English, math, science and other core subjects that state guidelines call for. However the Boston public school system has ignored those guidelines, called MassCore. MassCore standards include four years of English and math, three years of science and social studies, and two years of foreign language.
Instead Boston Public Schools have opted to keep lower standards for earning a diploma than the rest of Massachusetts. For example, Boston requires only three years of math instead of the four required at schools following MassCore. The reason for the lower standards is so they can increase high school graduation rates. Many claim that these lower standards de-value their diploma compared to most other communities that have significantly higher standards.
Lower Boston standards have some major consequences. In 2017 only 31% of Boston high school graduates met the state’s MassCore guidelines according to state data, putting the rest behind their peers at other Massachusetts schools. 50% of Boston high school graduates who enroll in college fail to earn degrees within six years, according to a report by the Boston Private Industry Council. Many of these students that have earned a high school diploma with lower standards, felt academically unprepared for college. A state report showed that nearly 75% of Boston graduates who went on to community college required at least one remedial course.
Boston’s Jewish Community Day School will once again be having their JCDS Matters of Taste Auction. Y3K Tutor In Your Home contributed tutoring and test preparation services to the auction. Happy bidding!
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Y3K Tutor In Your Home made another donation of tutoring and test preparation services. This time it goes to the Thayer Academy Auction. Good luck bidding on our donation to help the Thayer Academy students. Money raised will support professional growth and development opportunities for Thayer’s faculty, as well as TAPA programming that has a school-wide impact.
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