As many of you may know, the School Board has been studying changes to magnet programs for several months. There will be voting in November on what changes to put in place, and those changes will become effective for the 2017-18 school year. The real decisions, however, are being made this month, long before the formality of a vote.
The issue most important to the middle school IB program is the fact that CMS is considering eliminating the current requirement that incoming 6th grade students must be performing “at or above grade level” as measured by an EOG score of 3 or better.
Because this possible change arose over the summer, the SLT (primarily the parent members) took it up at the beginning of August and has reached a consensus position: We strongly believe that the middle school IB program in CMS needs to keep some form of an entrance requirement ensuring that incoming students be at or above grade level. Though the SLT is unanimous in its support for increasing socioeconomic and racial diversity throughout every CMS program, we do not believe modest entrance requirements like the one in place are a barrier to any group.
A short position paper has been drafted and approved unanimously by the SLT parents. We encourage everyone to read it and weigh in however they see fit – pro or con. Please contact us, reach out to other parents, or write to your school board representative.
Co-Chairs of the RMS SLT