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First extended year program at SSHS deemed a success; Credite B Exam testing dates for 2009/2010 scheduled

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The first extended year program just completed at Sulphur Springs High school is being considered a success by school officials, with only a few areas to be worked on and “tweaked” for future years.

“We learned a few things we could do differently,” Assistant Superintendent Randy Reed told Sulphur Springs Indepndent School District trustees during the regular June school board meeting this week. “We’ve had several other districts call that are looking at doing it next year.”

This was the first year or the program, which rewards students who have met all Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills exams, as well as attendance and classroom requirements, by being dismissed from classes about two weeks early for the year.

“So we had none of the problems we were afraid of, no people coming up there that weren’t supposed to be?” board member Foy Williams asked.

Reed assured Williams that wasn’t an issue, noting the school had “good attendance” during the program, and very few discipline issues.

“If we have to discipline them, their time is over. They know that costs them credits for the spring semester,” Reed said.

Also announced during the meeting were the five dates for credit by exam (CBE) testing, which allows students to attempt the tests for credit. Students who score high enough get credit for classes and advance to the next course level without having to sit through a semester or year of the class.

For the 2009-2010 school year, the first test date is Wednesday, Aug. 5. The CBEs will also be administered on Dec. 10; March 9; June 9; and June 10.

Students must register with the school counselor at least 30 days prior to testing dates. That means that students must be registered by July 5 for the Aug. 5 tests, by Nov 10 for Dec. 10 test, Feb. 5 for March 9 test, May 10 for the June 9 test and May 11 for the June 10 test.

Students who have been “remediated” for failing a course or grade can use the CBE to retest; they must make 70 percent to get the credit. If a student wants to “accelerate” or advance out of a subject they have had no prior instruction in they must score 90 percent or higher to advance.

For more information about CBE dates and tests, contact the high school counseling office at 903-885-2158.

 

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