School system says advanced classes law falls short
CARY, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s largest school system says a new state law is falling short of its goal of making sure bright, low-income students aren’t skipped over for advanced classes.
The News & Observer reported Tuesday that Wake County school officials say carrying out the law is difficult, citing a lack of state funding and instruction.
The law requires middle and high school students who achieve the highest possible score on state math exams be placed in advanced math classes. Wake K-12 Math Director Michelle Tucker told school board members Monday that these students are having to take advanced courses without having covered the material.
The law went into effect this year. It followed newspaper reports saying thousands of high-scoring, low-income students were being excluded from advanced classes.
Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com