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Wake County school staff revising grading policy and modifying suspension of single-subject acceleration

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More to come later, but there's some news out of today's Wake County school board student achievement committee meeting about changes in the grading policy and single-subject acceleration.

Following a lengthy round of questioning, staff will look at revising the grading policy to drop wording saying that attendance will be excluded from the academic grade. Staff will also develop a list of academic and non-academic related behaviors after committee members indicated concern about staff wanting to omit work habits from the academic grade.

Deputy Superintendent Cathy Moore also announced today they're easing back on the suspension of single-subject acceleration. She said students who currently receive single-subjection acceleration would be grandfathered for the 2012-13 school year.

Parents of academically gifted students have been in an uproar since staff suspended single-subjection acceleration because of the implementation of the common core. This suspension most typically affected elementary school students in math such as the Webb family, who filed a grievance after their rising fifth-grade daughter was told she couldn't take sixth-grade math.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.
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