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Mar. 28, 2013 @ 11:20 PM

Will schooling plan hurt high achievers?

It is my understanding that the main reason Cabell County is pursuing year-round schooling is to close the achievement gap between high-achieving students and low-achieving students, which are typically low-income students or English language-learning students. With 52 percent of Cabell County students in lower-income households, I can see that this is definitely a problem.

Studies have shown that year-round schooling does not have an advantageous effect on high-achieving students. Studies and discussions have shown that some low-income and English language-learning students do increase their scores under year-round schooling. Under these assumptions it makes sense that the gap will decrease. They can all meet somewhere in the middle of mediocrity.

I believe that other factors also will help reduce the achievement gap. High-achieving and higher-income students will have other options. There are other counties which do not believe in year-round schooling. Some of these students will no doubt move or transfer to those counties. I am sure they will be glad to have our best students. Private schools also will welcome them and continue to grow.

I also believe that our county will slip into mediocrity as we lose our best students to other educational options. The next gap that we will be working will be between high-achieving students in other counties and schools, and medium- to low-achieving students in Cabell County.

The Motto of Cabell County Board of Education is currently: "Dedicated to the Success of Every Student." Will we change it along with our school calendar to: "Working on the Averageness of our Children"?

Please allow our achieving students to continue to move forward. Please find another way to bring the others along with them.

Ted Kinder




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