District waives promotion requirements for 129 students

SUWANEE -- The Gwinnett County Board of Education waived local promotion requirements for 129 students who passed their classes but failed the district's Gateway tests.

The annual assessment review procedure is immediately initiated for elementary and middle school students who did not do as well as would be expected on the tests based on classroom grades.

Of the 47,148 students required to meet local promotion requirements, 203 met the criteria for the review, according to a news release from Gwinnett County Public Schools.

To earn promotion to the next grade, Gwinnett fourth- and seventh-grade students must meet on-grade-level expectations on each section of the state's CRCT, while students in grades five and eight must pass the Georgia Writing Assessment.

According to the assessment review procedure, any student with a minimum of a C semester average in the subjects assessed in the Gateway Assessment Program qualify for an automatic review if he or she failed any part of the Gateway test. Each review was conducted by a committee of teachers, principals and central office administrators.

In addition to reviewing each student's scores, the committee examined students' classroom performance as documented by the child's teacher or teachers. Members also looked at each student's standardized test data, writing standards, other assessment information and evidence of extenuating circumstances such as illness or a death in the family--information that is provided by parents.

The committee then recommended one of three actions for each student: waive passage of the Gateway and promote to the next grade; waive passage of the Gateway, promote to the next grade, but recommend summer school; or do not waive passage of the Gateway, recommend summer school and require Gateway retake and passage for promotion.

Of the 129 students who were promoted without having to pass the Gateway, district officials recommended that 94 of them attend summer school, which begins on Monday.

The recommendations also mean that 74 students will have to retake the tests. It is also highly recommended that they attend summer school, the release stated.

Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks said the Gateway procedures "provide accountability to indicate that students moving up to the next grade level are prepared to do so ... it has allowed us to also provide direction to some students in need."


BuzzG 2 years, 11 months ago

How would you like to hire one of these people knowing they had graduated from Gwinnett County Public Schools only to find that you had hired someone who could not read well or not do appropriate math. Shameful.


Ashley 2 years, 11 months ago

No wonder GCPS scores are no longer tops in the Metro area. Social promotion is nothing short of child abuse. These kids deserve an education.


bear5sugar 2 years, 11 months ago

Why would you go ahead and pass these kids to the next grade? How will this help them when taking entrance exams to get into colleges or the SAT (or anything else of that type)? They could have an underlying issue with taking these type of tests. Take it from someone who found this out when trying to take the Board of Regents test to get out of college. I had about a 3.8 in high school but did horrible on the SAT and took it 3 times. Because of the low score I had to take remedial Language Arts in college before starting my regular classes. All because I couldnt read the passage, comprehend it and then answer the questions. Therefore, I couldnt pass the EXIT exam to get out of college. The counselors helped me and with additional testing found out I was an auditory learner. So I got special permission to take the Board of Regents (Language Arts part) of the test in the counselors office in a room by myself so I could read it aloud. Needless to say, I PASSED. We are not helping our kids later on if we dont find the issue to the problem and continue passing them. Not to mention it isnt fair to the other kids that they pass without having to do what was recommended of them.


micronmike 2 years, 10 months ago

These 129 students are .003% of the students required to pass. Basically it means that they did good during the year but failed the test due to something other than lack of skill. If your child got stressed out during their driving exam or on the SAT you would let them do it again???? Or tell them to bad try again next year?


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