While it’s a controversial idea for some, the idea of allowing students to hand in work late is getting some credit for helping raise performance at a Wake County high school.
As noted in today’s article, Wake County school administrators held a press conference Thursday at Athens Drive High School in Raleigh to talk about the 2013-14 state test results and graduation rates. Wake held the event at Athens to single out the gains the school made this past school year, particularly on Math 1.
Athens Drive saw an 11.5 percentage-point increase on the passing rate for students who are career and college ready on the state’s Math I end-of-course exam.
Athens Drive High Principal James Hedrick told reporters that at least part of the credit goes to new academic recovery plans implemented by teachers last school year.
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Under an “academic recovery plan,” Hedrick said teachers were encouraged to do things such as offer students tutoring during lunch periods, allow students to retake tests and to allow work to be handed in late with a reasonable penalty.
While some critics balk at allowing students to hand in work late, Hedrick said doing so ensures students receive more exposure to the subject material.
“I want to make sure our students are academically successful and I want our graduation rate to be as high as I can,” he said. “If there’s any way I can do that, I will try.”
Hedrick, who started at Athens Drive in January, said he encouraged similar practices when he was principal of Green Hope High School in Cary.
The Wake County school board revised the district’s grading policy in May to require schools to develop a grade-recovery plan to help struggling students. The elements of the plan are spelled out in R&P.
The policy revision was a compromise from an earlier proposal from administrators that would have done things such as prevent teachers from giving zero grades.