POSEN - In a move by the district to prepare students for their post-high school education, Posen Consolidated Schools high-schoolers must now take their second-semester exams regardless of grades or attendance records.
At their Monday meeting, the district's board of education unanimously approved a change to district policy after months of consideration. Prior to the change, students with good grades and attendance for a class to skip their spring semester exams for that class, Superintendent Dru Milliron said. In light of the current statewide push toward making students ready for college, district teachers asked the board to consider the change.
Any student with a grade of 90 percent or higher in a class and with less than three absences was exempt from that class's second-semester exam, Milliron said. It originally was enacted to draw freshmen through seniors to class as the district looked to curb an attendance problem.
The policy "was an incentive for them to have better attendance, especially in the second semester," he said.
Certain students met the requirements all four of their high school years, never having to take a spring semester exam, Milliron said. After discussions with the policy committee and recommendations from board members, the decision was to opt for college readiness, as most college exams are required regardless of a student's grade.
"With all the emphasis on college readiness, we wanted to make sure our students, especially our seniors, have that experience of taking exams," he said.
Neither Milliron or board President Ken Wozniak have heard any negative feedback about the change, they said. Wozniak pointed out it was teachers who originally proposed the change.
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