Imagine. You’ve survived the trials and tribulations of middle school and high school. You’re only months away from graduating. Then you get a note that says because of a trivial class in sixth grade, you may not be able to graduate. That’s what is happening to students from one local CCSD middle school.
Earlier this week, parents of kids that went to Leavitt Middle School began to receive letters warning students and their parents of a half-credit flub that could cost kids their chance to walk across their high school graduation stage in May. No, this isn’t a joke.
What got messed up?
The class in question, according to News 3, is a computer literacy course that kids took in sixth grade. Supposedly the course didn’t reach the standards needed to fulfill the required computer credit. That means the half-credit they were assessed is expunged from students records, and therefore some students may be half a credit shy of graduation.
In order to make up the lost class, kids are being offered a four day a week virtual class at Burk High School, attend Nevada Learning Academy or take a summer school course. It’s more than just the credit, the class itself is required.
Obviously this has students and their parents outraged. One parent pointed out their daughter is currently in a computer science AP class and they are being told that it won’t fulfill the requirement for this half-credit.
Who is responsible for this?!
The question is who is responsible for the mistake in the first place, and where is their penalty? Keith Wipperman was principal at Leavitt Middle School when the mistake went down. He is now principal at Centennial High School. Is he responsible? Will someone at Clark County School District take responsibility for it? Can an aptitude test make up for the shortfall (as most of these students could run circles, technologically, around faculty)? Time will tell, but so far CCSD isn’t talking.
What a nightmare.