The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children is calling a community meeting for Thursday to complain about "the inaction of" the Wake County school board's student achievement committee.
In a Tuesday night press release, CCCAAC calls it an "an inexcusable dereliction of duty" that the student achievement committee hasn't met for a year. The standing committees were suspended by the Republican board majority but have been restored by the new Democratic majority.
The CCCAAC specifically focuses on how the grading policy has been put on hold. The CCCAAC charges that putting the policy on hold "has resulted in our children being retained at alarming rates and failing courses that are needed for graduation."
As part of what staff called an effort to make sure that grades reflect mastery of material and not behavior, changes had been proposed such as:
* Removing behavior from the academic grades.
* Reducing how much homework can be counted for the academic grade – from 15 percent to 10 percent per marking period – in grades 6-12.
* "Homework for practice" can't be included in the academic grade. But "homework for evaluation" can be used.
* Prohibiting K-12 teachers from handing out extra credit.
* Requiring teachers to allow students to have up to five days to hand in late assignments with the penalty capped at 10 percent.
* Requiring that higher scores on retests replace the original exam grades.
The CCCAAC has been a big advocate of the grading changes.
Here's the CCCAAC press release:
For Immediate Release
The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children believes that the inaction of the WCPSS Student Achievement Committee is a major contributing factor in the failing of our students. As elected officials, school board members have the primary responsibility to ensure that all children receive equal educational opportunities. Student Achievement committee meetings have been delayed for over a year, an inexcusable dereliction of duty that is gravely impacting our children’s future.
The CCCAAC believes that “grades” determine our children future by affecting graduation rates, promotion, and college admission and scholarship opportunities for our children. Putting the “New Grading Policy” on hold for a year has resulted in our children being retained at alarming rates and failing courses that are needed for graduation. A community meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3rd, 6:30-8:00 p.m. at Martin Street Baptist Church, 1001 East Martin Martin Street, Corner of State and Martin Street, Raleigh, North Carolina.