New Sampson County Schools policies regarding testing during the summer school may result in less students.
During a December 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education discussed a proposal to allow students to allow retest for end-of-grade (EOG) and high school end-of-course (EOC) assessments. The highest score will be included in the 2015-16 accountability results.
One of the changes presented by Tommy Macon, assistant superintendent for Sampson County Schools, recently reported n involved students who failed testing. A new policy says that only credit recovery is available for retesting students for semester and year-long courses.
“We can only test those students who failed the course to credit again for the EOC,” Macon said. “If a student passes a course with a 65 and fail the EOG, they cannot retest again for summer school.”
“We won’t have as many students in summer school because some students may pass the course, but failed the EOC,” Macon said. “Last year, we tested everybody. This year it’s going to change.”
Also, any summer school program for EOGs or EOCs must happen after the conclusion of the regular academic year. Test scores from summer school will be added in the accountability analysis if the data is submitted to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction by June 30, 2016. Sampson County’s testing and accountability officer made a recommendation to have English testing completed by June 24, in order to get results back.
According to school officials, the last day of the summer session is June 10 and the summer session will begin soon after. Districts offering a summer program must have a plan approved by their local Board of Education. The start and end dates have not been finalized but the goal is to have one elementary site per district and is expecting to have 40 and 60 students are expected for summer school.
For middle school, the district is expecting between 45 and 60 student at district sites.
Summer school at high school will take place at one location. Only three EOCs, English II, Biology and Math I will be offered at the site. Macon said assistance will be provided for online courses and transportation will be provided at the student’s base-school.
Macon said complete details regarding summer school will be released at a later date. The Sampson County Board of Education is scheduled to review the process along with other consent agenda items during its next meeting, schedule for Monday, Feb. 22 at Midway High School, 15274 Spivey Corner Hwy, Newton Grove.
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