6/22/14 DPI snag delays English II scores
DPI snag delays English II scores
The Times-News 6/22/14
Reprinted with permission.
Some students in Alamance-Burlington Schools will be getting their final report cards Wednesday, almost a week later than their schoolmates.
English II End of Course tests have to go through an outside vendor to grade them. This is the fourth semester the scores have been delayed, according to Kent Byrd, program director for secondary education in the Alamance-Burlington School System.
The EOC tests count for 20 percent of a student’s grade, according to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, and delays in getting results back are common because the vendor, Questar, has to grade the writing portion. This can mean students have to wait to find out whether they passed their English classes and change their class schedules in the fall if they did not.
According to an email from Byrd, “No delays in promotion decisions are anticipated with only a few exceptions.”
This should not affect graduating seniors. The state allows districts to waive the 20 percent weight of the EOC test for graduating seniors and grade them based on their performance in class.