|Comment Period||Ends 11/5/2008|
Dear Members of the Board of Education:
I am a Virginia resident and a supporter of our public schools. I understand the Board's efforts to make graduation rates a priority for Virginia high schools. However, given the importance of producing graduates ready to compete in post secondary education and the work force, I'm writing to ask that you take a stronger stand.
As the parent of 3 VA high school graduates, one who required special education, I can say from experience that the lowest common denominator among students is too often the goal that is persued in the classroom. This benefits no one: neither the least able nor the most able can aspire to their potential, much less reach it. Our students and our Commmonwealth deserve so much more.
Please increase the target for the graduation index to at least 90 points, OR adjust the graduation and completion index so that it gives schools more points for Standard and Advanced Diplomas and fewer points for all alternative diplomas and other credentials.
Thank you for your consideration. I hope you'll do all that you can to increase the number of students who successfully graduate ready to fulfill their greatest potential.
Michele Hymer Blitz
2883 Macao Dr.