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Education > Those not scoring well on standardized tests may have alternate route to get to graduation

By Tris DeRoma

Los Alamos Public Schools has dotted the I’s and crossed the T’s on a policy it hopes clarify thing for high school graduates who are falling between the cracks when it comes to graduation requirements.
For students who did not make the grade on the Standards Based Assessment exams (SBA) or the new testing standard, the Partnership For Assessment Of Readiness For College And Careers (PARCC), the school district has had an alternative means for those students to demonstrate competency.
The problem was, up until now, the board did not have a clear policy stating those pathways. But now they do.
According to school officials, the Los Alamos School Board may approve the new policy next week at its regularly scheduled meeting.
The LASB recently took up the policy rewrite in April, an initially approved a first reading of the policy.
“I think you could communicate to the high school staff… that this is highly probable and approved by the board,” said LASB President Jim Hall to administration officials at the April meeting about the chances of the policy being approved when the board meets again.

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