I know some of you were hoping that the state budget proposal to shorten the school year would cause Wake to scrap early dismissals on Wednesdays.
But that's not going to happen. State House budget writers last week dropped the idea of shortening the school year by five days in 2009-10 and 10 days in 2010-11.
If the proposal had been adopted, that would have forced school districts to lengthen the school day to make up the lost days.
In Wake's case, it would have forced school officials to decide whether to add more time or just to scrap the recently-approved early dismissals and keep the 10 minutes extra a day that are being built in this summer. Barring any changes, the early dismissals are still a go for next school year.
There are going to be fewer state tests for students.
As noted in an article last week by Lynn Bonner, state legislators are echoing Gov. Beverly Perdue's call to drop the number of state end-of-course exams that high school students take. The exact number that would be eliminated remains to be determined.
Also mentioned in the article is that state education officials are dropping the third-grade pretests next school year, which will have some ramifications.
The pretests offered at the beginning of the school year are compared with the EOGs at the end of the year to determine the growth rates for third-graders. The growth rates in turn are used to help determine state bonuses under the ABCs program.
But for cost reasons, the state Board of Education decided to scrap the third-grade pretests for one year. That will save at least $130,000.
They'll still have the EOGs in reading and math at the end of the school year for third-graders.
Without the pretests, you can't determine growth for third-graders. As a result, the growth scores for elementary schools in 2009-10 will be based only on fourth and fifth grade results.
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