No, not if you are in the state of Georgia. In Georgia under
O.C.G.A. 20-2-670, a
parent or legal guardian can execute a document providing the name
and address of the school last attended and authorizing the release
of all academic and disciplinary records to the school
administration. Most states have similar laws.
In My Shoes' suggestion: Request to sign the document
requesting release of all academic and disciplinary records from
last school. If you are denied and live outside the state of
Georgia, contact the school district. If you are denied and
live in the state of Georgia, just tell them the code and contact
the school district - refer the school administrators to
inmyshoes.org and show them this law.
Here's O.C.G.A. in its entirety.
(a) A transferring student applying for admission to a grade
higher than the sixth grade shall as a prerequisite to admission
present a certified copy of his or her academic transcript and
disciplinary record from the school previously attended.
(b) In lieu of complying with the provision of subsection (a) of
this Code section, a transferring student may be admitted on a
conditional basis if he or she and his or her parent or legal
guardian executes a document providing the name and address of
the school last attended and authorizing the release of all
academic and disciplinary records to the school administration.
The parent or guardian shall be notified of the transfer of such
records and shall, upon written request made within ten days of
such notice, be entitled to receive a copy of such records.
Within five days of the receipt of a copy of such records, the
parent or guardian may make a written request for and shall be
entitled to a hearing before the principal of the school or his
or her designee which is the custodian of such records for the
purpose of challenging the content of the records. The student
or his or her parent or legal guardian shall also disclose on
the same document as the release whether the child has ever been
adjudicated guilty of the commission of a designated felony act
as defined in Code Section 15-11-63 and, if so, the date of such
adjudication, the offense committed, the jurisdiction in which
such adjudication was made, and the sentence imposed. Any form
document to authorize the release of records which is provided
by a school to a transferring student or such studentīs parent
or legal guardian shall include a list of designated felony
acts. The student or his or her parent or legal guardian shall
also disclose on the document whether the student is currently
serving a suspension or expulsion from another school, the
reason for such discipline, and the term of such discipline. If
a student so conditionally admitted is found to be ineligible
for enrollment pursuant to the provisions of Code Section
20-2-751.2, or is subsequently found to be so ineligible, he or
she shall be dismissed from enrollment until such time as he or
she becomes so eligible.
(c) Every school system in this state shall be obligated to
provide complete information to a requesting school pursuant to
subsection (b) of this Code section within ten days of receipt
of such request.
In Georgia, the former certification title of "Provisional" has been replaced
Provisional certification is a temporary
teaching certificate to fill a need in the
school district or
state. Generally, these certificates are given
to people who may hold a degree
in a particular
field but lack the educational courses and/or
have not taken and/or pass the teaching
Provisional certification tends to have a life
cycle of less than 5 years and are
Fully Certified teachers are teachers who have
all the requirements and hold what we call "A
Clear Renewable Certificate" in their teaching
area. The are no deficiencies in their
These teachers are said to be
fully qualified for the position in the area for
which they hold
Note: Fully Qualified Certified teachers
status does not mean you have a quality
There is a difference between
qualified and quality.
a reasonable expectation of knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's)
associated with every grade. When a grade is given and the level
of KSA's is less than what is reasonably expected, the grade is said to
have been inflated - hence 'grade
Your child gets a grade of 100 on a spelling test. You look at the
test and notice that there are several misspelled words. Is it a
reasonable expectation that your child should have spelled all the words
correctly if he/she received a grade of 100? The answer is yes.
Could this be a sign of grade inflation? It could be or the words
incorrectly spelled were bonus words.
Your seventh grade child gets an 'A' on a
math test. You look at the test and notice that your child is
doing fifth grade work. Is it a reasonable expectation that the
work and KSA's levels should be that of seventh grade? The answer
is yes. Could this be a sign of grade inflation? It could
be. You look through your child's notebook and notice that the
work is below level. You schedule a conference with the teacher
and realize that the seventh grade students are doing fifth grade work
because many of the students in the class are below level in math.
However, your child isn't below level in math but has a teacher that is
not providing multi-level work for higher leveled students. This
is grade inflation.
Your high school child has a 3.3 core course GPA
and takes the SAT and ACT exams. Your child's highest SAT score is 1020 in verbal and math, and the highest ACT
score excluding writing is 21. Were the grades given to earn a 3.3
core course GPA inflated? Well, according to many
tables that convert SAT-ACT scores to 4.0 scales, a 3.3 core GPA
converts to a 1320-1350 SAT (Math and Verbal no writing) to a 30 ACT
score excluding writing. Your child's SAT and ACT
scores are representative of a student that has a GPA of 2.33 to
2.44. I would deem this grade inflation.
Every year our organization is flooded with
emails/phone calls from parents whose honor roll child is having problems
getting an academic scholarship, has to take college remedial courses,
and is struggling with the college curriculum. Remember, poor
curricula designs are contributing factors.
Recognizing Grade Inflation
Three basic ways of recognizing grade inflation:
1) Have knowledge of what the grade-level work should look like.
Visit school resource stores and thumb through subject matter and
grade-level books to get an understanding of the KSA's associated with
2)Have knowledge of Bloom's taxonomy and how to use it to identify
quality work. I explain this in my book
From Parent to POWER13.95,
which is available online.
3)Analyze your child's norm reference test scores. These tests should be
given every year in grades 1 to 8. In Georgia, the ITBS must only
be given to students in 3, 5, and 8 grades. I suggest that PTAs
demand that their local school districts administer the test every year.
I explain norm reference vs. criterion reference tests in the
From Parent to POWER13.95.
In addition, parents can pick up norm
reference test scores from their school district's department of
assessment and/or accountability. School district test results
are available by June/July for standardized tests taken March-May.
It is the practice of some State Departments of
Education to release norm reference test results after the beginning of school. Unfortunately,
the same is true of many school districts.
I like the new Milton HS, and I like the New Schools of
Carver in Atlanta, Georgia. Georgia needs to diversify their
educational offerings to students. In addition, Georgia schools
need to place more emphasis on students who want to learn and create
environments for students to reach their full potential.
However, the implementation of these programs are just the start.
Curriculum and curriculum implementation are the engine that will
determine if these school can deliver.
Nation-wide sample curricula below:
Here is a sample student pre-engineering schedule (www.pltw.org/hsprogram.shtml):
Sample Student Schedule: Option A
Social Studies 9
Foreign Language 9
Principle of Engineering
Social Studies 10
Foreign Language 10
Intro to Engineering Design
Social Studies 11
*Civil Engineering and Architecture
Social Studies 12
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
IMSA has an exemplary curriculum (incl. an astrophysics class and
excellent problem-based learning) and staff (All faculty have
advanced degrees with 43% holding a Ph.D.).
Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)2
opened this year. The curriculum includes the following
Vocational Technical Schools is a good example of a
school district having secondary (high school) vocational programs that
prepare students to sit for and pass state licensing exams.
I would like to see high school and middle school programs that
focus on law, commerce and trade, architect, etc.
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