Starting next fall, students in the West Bend high schools will be required to earn a certain number of credits in each grade before passing on to the next level.
Al Pauli, chief academic officer for the West Bend School District, said it is hoped the new policy will “catch” students who may be struggling much earlier so that help can be provided in order to keep them on track with the rest of their class and graduate on time.
Traditionally, students in elementary school have been kept back if not achieving to their grade level, but that has not been true for high school students, Pauli said.
“It seems some students do not pay attention to the credit requirements for graduation until they are in the last part of their junior or even into their senior year and then there is a scramble to get them in,” he said. “This new policy will be a change, as we will be retaining students who don’t meet the credit requirements to move on their class.”
To students, that could mean that even though they have been in high school two years, if they don’t have enough credits, they will still be considered a freshman, and their homebase and locker assignment will reflect their true academic status.