The SBDM heard remarks from an upcoming sophomore who was denied access to Advanced English II because she didn’t score above the 90th percentile in one of two categories on the California Test of Basic Skills. She did, however, average at least a 98 last year in Advanced English I.
“We work hard all year long, but we are judged on a two-day test,” she said, pointing out that other standardized tests, like the ACT and SAT, can be taken more than once, an opportunity not provided for the CTBS.
After the student left, Superintendent Tim McGinnis rhetorically asked the SBMD, “How do you deny a [student] who had a 98 average in Advanced English I access” to the advanced class next year?
TCHS principal Sharon Knight said the student took the test under duress, while a family member was undergoing medical treatment. She also spoke of another student, this one a senior, who was denied access to an Advanced Placement class for insufficient CTSB scores, who had taken the test the same day a family member was buried.
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