The D.C. Council on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a bill intended to end social promotion in the District’s public schools. The measure, which Education Committee Chairman David A. Catania (I-At Large) proposed, would repeal a rule that requires most District elementary and middle school students to be passed from one grade to the next regardless of achievement or performance. If the Focused Student Achievement Amendment Act wins final approval next month, school officials would have latitude to decide whether a child is ready to advance to the next grade. Students who are retained would be required to attend summer school unless specifically excused by school officials. (Read more at Washington Post)
One of the most universally accepted truths in Education (and believe us, there are not very many) is the importance of literacy to a child’s success. Research in the field has overwhelmingly indicated that failure to read proficiently is linked to higher rate of school dropout. Unfortunately with a graduation rate of only 62%, Nevada’s system currently allows too many struggling student’s to fail to live up to their potential – and we don’t just mean academic potential. Failure to graduate drastically suppresses an individual’s earning potential, which has a direct impact on Nevada’s economy. Accountability in the way we progress our children through the school system needs to be a defining priority for educators, community partners, and administrators as we seek to improve our state’s standing in education.