E-time, our school's remediation period that I highlighted in another post, is working out pretty well. We are still discussing the problems that come up, like teachers who are brimming with more students than they can remediate in 25 minutes, but overall it's been a real help.
As proof, we looked at our percentage of failing students from last year and compared it to this year. 27% of our current ninth graders had at least one D or F on their term 2 grades last year. Among that same group of students, only 9% had any D or F grades at the end of term 2 this year. 27% to 9%. I think that means we're seeing results.
Among those 9%, though, are the kids that are failing multiple classes and remediation isn't helping them much. They don't care about having to go to remediation. One of the next big tasks is to find a way to remediate the hard-core failing students. Our best idea right now is to create a school-within-a-school, a single classroom where those students would stay all day until they can earn their way back to regular school. Now we just need figure out how to staff it.
I like this iterative, problem-solving process, though. It's messy, which I know some teachers don't like, but I think we're definitely doing better by the kids.