State board allows storm-ravaged counties to reduce school year

As expected, the state Board of Education released storm-affected districts from fulfilling the mandated number of school days this year.

Have these districts all finished their state-mandated testing –  CRCT and End of Course Tests? (DOE just responded: Systems were not exempted from state testing.)

From DOE:

The State Board of Education today unanimously approved State School Superintendent John Barge’s recommendation to grant requests from five local school systems to waive the required number of instructional days as a result of the violent storms that swept through Georgia last week.  Dade, Floyd, Meriwether, Spalding, and Walker County School Systems suffered severe damage to several school buildings during the April 27 storms that have forced them to use up their allotted emergency days.

At a special called meeting today, the board voted to allow these five systems to waive the 180 school-day equivalent so that they will not be required to make up these lost days.

“These schools and communities have been struck by a terrible tragedy,” said Superintendent Barge. “While we cannot replace the lives that were lost or undo the damage that was done, we can provide the flexibility they need to help facilitate rebuilding and recovery. The families and communities affected by this tragedy are in our prayers. We hope today’s action will make this recovery process a little easier for them.”

–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog

7 comments Add your comment

Hmmm.....

May 6th, 2011
2:20 pm

Common sense prevails for once. It’s hard to believe.

oldtimer

May 6th, 2011
4:31 pm

It is a mess in Ringgold….You can hardly get north on 75 for all the lookers. Getting through that area to get home last Sunday was a nightmare. I could not imagine getting kids to school through all thar wreckage. Even if testing isn’t done…many could not get there to do it. Those kids will be tramatized for a long while. Bless them all!

irisheyes

May 6th, 2011
4:33 pm

I was on proteacher, and a poster there said they had to finish their CRCT’s after the storms with no electricity in the building. And, we all know, that if the kids don’t do well, it’ll be the teachers’ fault!!

I mean, seriously, we can’t forego the almighty TEST just this one time since there was a catastrophe in these areas?

just watching

May 6th, 2011
5:36 pm

Kids are resilient (usually moreso than adults give them credit for or just than the adults themselves). Kid take many of their cues from the adults around them though, so depending on how the adults handle it, the kids will follow. They will be impacted by the storm damage and tragedy, but most will not be truly traumatized.

And I agree about the comment about FINALLY some common sense.

catlady

May 6th, 2011
6:52 pm

We had to interrupt the math portion to sit in the hall because we were under a tornado warning for 45 minutes. THEN we had to go back into the rooms and CONTINUE THE $#@% TEST! Kids freaked out, some crying, but, By God, let’s finish the test! Then we continued the next section of the test after lunch! Total wipeout!

I am guessing the scores will disqualify us from AYP for the first time ever. But we know that is more important than anything!

Time for the state to step up and not penalize counties whose testing was interrupted by the tornado warning sirens as well!

long time educator

May 6th, 2011
9:32 pm

Ringgold is in Catoosa County which should be included in that waiver; we have been told it is. CRCT Testing was finished except for make-up tests. I have not heard if CRCT Tests at Ringgold Middle School were salvaged. The school was demolished; I guess it depends on where they were stored. Ringgold MIddle and High cannot be used at present, so they are sharing Heritage Middle and High with morning and afternoon shifts for the three weeks that are left. Our county office is destroyed and several other schools sustained roof damage.

Leigh

May 6th, 2011
10:45 pm

Spalding had already finished their CRCT tests.