Some Cumberland seniors still in graduation jeopardy

Some Cumberland seniors still in graduation jeopardy

CUMBERLAND - Twenty-three seniors at Cumberland High School are still in jeopardy of not graduating following both their retake of the standardized NECAP exam and the alternate armed forces examination, Principal Alan Tenreiro told the School Committee last week.

Forty had failed the second try at the NECAP, but 17 had prevailed on the military test, he said.

Remaining students have until Friday to submit applications for a graduation waiver, their last hope for a 2014 CHS diploma under stricter state guidelines.

In the junior class, 45 who failed the NECAP passed the armed forces exam, leaving 43 who will enter their senior year in graduation jeopardy when they'll get another shot at the NECAP.

In other school board action last Thursday:

* Supt. Philip Thornton announced that with winter storms over, the final day of school for kindergarten to grade 8 will be Friday, June 13.

High-schoolers, who lost an extra day because of a flood, will end the year on Monday the 16th of June.

Teachers will stay in school for the remainder of the week for professional days lost in January.

Seniors will graduate on June 9.

A school board subcommittee to review the vacation policy, with an eye toward revamping the 2016 calendar, was appointed, with member Raymond Salvatore named chairman with members Mark Fiorilo and Paul DiModica.

Salvatore was also named chairman of the already active Wellness subcommittee.

* The upcoming PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, field testing prompted one parent, Kerry Feather, to protest lost learning days.

Feather told the committee she objects to allowing a private firm to take up teaching time with a testing procedure that benefits no one but the company, she said.

She will be asking that her children not be included in the process, she said.

All schools except Ashton are involved in the field testing, according to Assistant Supt. Robert Mitchell.

He says two assessments will be given: the Performance-Based Assessment from March 24 to April 11, and the End-of-Year Assessment, from May 5 to June 6.

In a letter to parents, Thornton and Mitchell said some students will be taking a paper-based version of the assessment and others will take an online version.

"For those schools administering the assessment online, this is an opportunity for us to make sure the tablets, laptops and desktop computers most students will use for the PARCC assessments next year work properly and will meet the minimum requirements for online testing," they said.