Schenectady students failing core subjects might not be held back because of new procedures

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10)— New procedures in the Schenectady City School District will give students who are failing core subjects the opportunity to move on to the next grade.

The new procedure went into effect at the beginning of the school year.

Superintent Larry Spring says a large number of students in the school district were being held back, some repeatedly. Repeating grades wasn’t necessarily solving the problem or keeping the kids in school. Many were dropping out after being held back multiple times.

In the past, whether a student gets held back or not was mostly up to the teacher. Spring says “There was no system in place to help coordinate and do things that were consistent.”

Now that decision will be made by a multi-disciplinary committee within each school on a case by case basis.

While every student under consideration for being held back will go through this procedure, Spring says in the majority of the cases students will move on to the next grade. He says holding students back is only successful in rare cases.

The students will get added support and aid to catch up in the following year.

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