education_floatMOHAVE, ARIZ.– A recently appointed member of the Colorado River Union High School board is questioning whether the district’s grading scale is a true reflection on student aptitude. School Board member Kerry Burgess expressed concern during Monday’s board meeting about a report from River Valley High School Principal Dorn Wilcox. In the report, Wilcox reported that 81 percent of the school’s freshman class was passing all of their courses, however, only 20 percent of those same students met or exceeded state standards for Algebra as measured on a recent assessment test. Burgess wondered how so many freshman could be passing Algebra if only 20 percent passed the assessment test, which measured their aptitude up to their first nine week’s of school. “We need to be cautious that our kids are able to perform,” Burgess said. “The grades, to me, aren’t that important as long as they can perform and do the work.” “Hopefully, our grades reflect our kids’ ability to do that work,” he continued. Wilcox explained that one of his school’s math classes is approximately nine weeks behind schedule due to a teacher shortage and the time it took to get the teacher up to speed on Arizona standards and the district’s teaching policies. He assured Burgess that the students will be ready to take the assessment tests in the spring, however, they will be required to attend remediation sessions to get caught up. As for the grades, Wilcox indicated that students are receiving the grade they’ve earned regarding the work they are completing at the current speed at which the instruction is being delivered.

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