Grades are in: Both made A/B honor roll for the forth quarter.
Sounds good right? Then we got the low down from their guidance councelors. They both failed the FCAT. Have to pass to get a HS Diploma, if they don't pass they get a certificate of attendence instead of a HSD.
For those not in Florida the test grades out at levels 1 thru 5. Kids must have a minimum of a level 3 in all areas, reading, math, science and writing.
FSD got a level 1 in reading.
FSS got a level 2 (LOW 2) in math.
They both failed the FCAT (these same subjects) last year and have been in remedial/ intensive courses all year. They pulled A's for grades in the remedial courses, but still failed that same portion of the test.
BM came over to talk about it last night. (SO's apt, NOT my house). She brought the Fskids along with her and she and SO were talking about how to get their grades up. In typical my child can do no wrong standard, her solution was if they did not pass by their senior year to send the kids to live with relatives, out of state, where there is no testing so they can graduate. :jawdrop:
SO actually asked what I thought. He got an answer too. There are FCAT prep books that the kids can do to practice the material on the test. Florida Virtual School offers a FREE course for prep on the test, local libraries offer tutoring. They could easily be doing these courses/ studies over the summer so they can do better next year. (Both are in HS next year, if FSD passes it one year, she never has to take it again, FSS has to pass it his 10th grade year and it counts for graduation)
These kids are going to end up with certificates instead of diplomas as both parents looked at me and stated with all seriousness, that my solution was not 'fair' to the kids, they 'earned' their summer off.