SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER DR. STEVE GALLON III TO PROFFER BOARD ITEM H-14 COLLEGE ENTRANCE EXAMINATIONS AT JANUARY 16 SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
CONTACT: Pavi’Elle Phillips
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE OFFICE OF DR. STEVE GALLON
January 11, 2019
At the School Board meeting of January 16, 2019, District 1 School Board Member Dr. Steve Gallon III will proffer Board item H-14, College Entrance Examinations.
The School Board of Miami-Dade County is committed to providing all students with a quality education, inclusive of academic support and enrichment opportunities, as well as supporting and advocating for their fair, equal, and equitable pursuit of their hopes, dreams, aspirations, and life’s work. For many students, the pathway to a life of promise, prosperity, and a rewarding, respectful career is attending and graduating from college. Yet, regretfully for many students, this pathway is riddled with academic, social, financial, and often, systemic roadblocks and impediments that prevent many students, after graduation, from attending a college or university.
Recently, the “flagging” and withholding of the college entrance examination score of a Miami-Dade County Public Schools senior high school student preparing to graduate and attend college have drawn light on this issue and impact on students.
This item seeks to direct the Superintendent to review and quantify instances in which such “flagging” and withholding of college entrance examination scores of Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ students have been solely due to increased test scores. It does not seek to address instances of wrongdoing or improprieties. It also seeks for the District to work with entities that manage and/or have authority for the administration of such college entrance examinations to review these matters and ways to achieve resolutions. Lastly, this item directs the Superintendent to provide information, through schools, websites, and offices such as the College Assistance Program, on the process for reporting and responding to the “flagging” or withholding of a college entrance examination score due to a score increase determined to be statistically significant and provide an update to the Board no later than the Board meeting of March 13, 2019.
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