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Washington County school seniors meet assessment standards

March 09, 2012|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com

With three months until graduation for Washington County Public Schools, almost all seniors have passed the high school assessment portion of their graduation requirements, a county school official said this week.

The current class is ahead of recent senior classes in meeting that requirement, Donna Hanlin, assistant superintendent for curriculum, school administration and improvement, told Washington County Board of Education members Tuesday.

Hanlin said 34 seniors had not yet met this requirement, according to a videotape of Tuesday’s board meeting. Those students are working on “bridge plans,” as well as doing remedial work in hopes of passing the assessment in April, she said.

A bridge plan is a project designed to show a student’s knowledge in a given subject area.

Starting with the Class of 2009, students had to meet a high school assessment graduation requirement, Hanlin said. Students either had to pass all four assessment tests, score a combined score of 1,602, or successfully complete a bridge plan, Hanlin said.

Since students no longer have to take a government high school assessment test, students now must pass the three remaining tests, algebra, biology and English, score a combined 1,602 or 1,208, or complete the bridge plan.

The combined score of 1,602 is for students who took the government assessment test before it was eliminated, Hanlin said. It was last given in May 2011.

Including results from January 2012 exams, 86.7 percent of county seniors had passed all three exams, and 10.2 percent passed using a combined score.

Eleven seniors had completed a bridge plan or were exempt from the requirement because they entered the school system this semester after being in an out-of-state school system, according to the presentation documents.

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