Harriet Jaworowski, Assoc. Super. for Instruction & Accountability
Rock Hill Schools
Proposed changes in testing & grading
To provide information on issues affecting the Rock Hill School District and an opportunity for feedback and sharing of ideas. Comments are not official communications of the Rock Hill Schools or District Trustees. "Real student engagement is not about keeping students happy, boosting their self-esteem, or convincing them that what they are learning is relevant; it is about acquiring new knowledge and skills and pursuing the activities that contribute to that attainment."
|Clarinet||Lizzy Rickel||Northwestern High School|
|French horn||Jonathan Hegwood||Northwestern High School|
|Snare||Miles Moon||Northwestern High School|
|Alto sax||Gregg Prange||Rock Hill High School|
|Alto sax||Madison Tate||Rock Hill High School|
|Trumpet||Carlos Fuentes||Rock Hill High School|
|Trumpet||Karen Chace||Rock Hill High School|
|French horn||Daniel Gulledge||Rock Hill High School|
|Trombone||Amy Hunsucker||Rock Hill High School|
|Euphonium||Alex Helms||Rock Hill High School|
|Snare||Lamar Thompson||South Pointe High School|
In practice, some teachers said, even students who missed most of the school days earned credits. They also said students were promoted with over 100 absences a year; the principal, rather than a teacher, granted class credits needed for graduation; and credit was awarded for classes the school does not even offer.
Last year, every student passed the class even though each received a 1 — the lowest score — on the Advanced Placement test, in part because they had not taken precalculus, he said. Only one had passed the Math B Regents, a minimal standard.
Some said that it sometimes hurt their motivation to know that a classmate would pass even if he did not come to class. One said that his current average was a 30 — but that he could bring it up to a 95 with a few days of work — and that teachers sometimes handed out examples of student work that he copied from.“You would have to be an epic failure to fail at this school,” said Deja Sawyers, a 10th grader. When students do not do their work, “there’s no consequences,” she said, adding that she did not get homework.Another student, Luisa Cruz, said, “Everybody always passes; it’s really rare to fail.”“It makes no sense,” she said. “You’ve got to learn from your mistakes.”