What's behind the Bridge projects, HSA figures
Here's a video shot by Sun photographer Kim Hairston and narrated by Southside Academy math teacher LaShaviar Burns on the Bridge project grading process. It was filmed during the weekend grading session at Edmondson-Westside following last month's onslaught of Bridge submissions.
I went to a City Council education committee meeting last week about Bridge and HSAs. Most of the information presented in a PowerPoint by school system officials was review to me (and those of you who have been following my coverage here). But two slides stood out, showing the breakdown of where students who entered high school in 2005 -- those who are supposed to be seniors now -- ended up. The first slide shows where they were last fall; the second shows where they are now.
Between the beginning of the year and now, the size of the class of first-time seniors grew from 3,984 to 4,088 as students who were behind in credits got promoted. But the number of students who should be seniors and are still underclassmen shrunk by more than the number of seniors grew. I've asked if that means they dropped out and am awaiting a reply. The number of students who started high school in 2005 and are still juniors declined from 592 last fall to 399 now. The number who are still sophomores went from 377 to 259. And 170 are still freshmen, down from 248 in the fall.
Of the 4,088 seniors, there are still 109 who have not passed any HSAs (down from 678 at the beginning of the school year) and 141 who have passed only one (down from 403). On the bright side: 1,968 (up from 689) have passed all four exams needed to be eligible for their diplomas. The number who have met requirements overall has gone up from 2,373 to 3,336.