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Here is the bell schedule for this week at Redmond High School (Redmond Washington):

No automatic alt text available.SBA testing is for 10th grade students and certain others who may require to take the SBA tests

Dear RHS Families:

This is to remind you and your student of the SBA testing next week – April 17th thru 21st.  All 10th Grade students will be testing along with several 11th and 12th students.  The Bell Schedule and more information is linked below.

 

The SBA (Smarter Balanced Assessment) test is connected to the Common Core curriculum and is part of the overall testing plan for Washington State.

My son is a senior this year.  As you can see from today’s (Wednesday) schedule, he has no school until 10 am followed by a 2 hour home room class followed by lunch.  It’s no wonder that he’s asked me to skip the day.  (I’ll let you guess if I said yes or no).

Tuesday’s schedule was not much better; with an 85 minute class period followed by and 80 minute home room period, then lunch or 4th period lasting 2 hours and 5 minutes.  They round the day off with 6th period of 85 minutes then dismiss at 2 pm.

I’m not a fan of the shortened Wednesday (LEAP) schedule to begin with.  On top of this year’s shortened Wednesdays, block scheduling, and standardized testing the school District had to change the school calendar due to snow days.  They made this decision AFTER the scheduled mid-Winter break (another waste of time) and added 2 days to the school year and made four ‘early release Wednesdays’ regular full school days. Last day of school for non-seniors in the District is June 23rd.  (Graduation day for Seniors at Redmond High is June 15th).  Here is the bell schedule for the Snow Days.

What is the purpose of having school days/hours if those hours are not used towards the best possible purpose?  For non-10th graders (for math sake, let’s say 3/4 of the student population or roughly 1500 students) the schedule seems to be mostly an excuse to skip.

Homeroom seems to be an excuse for the schools to host multiple assemblies. Attendance is required and absences are not excused except for the case of medical appointments. Last Friday (regular bell schedule) my other son ‘skipped’ home room to do homework in the lunchroom/cafeteria.  I received a call to report his absence and when I asked for it to be excused it was denied.  Apparently assemblies for ASB elections are far more important than studying or homework completion.

So, let’s recap:

Washington State schools are required to provide an annual average of 1,080 hours per school year in grades 9-12.

Those hours are not required to be actual learning hours.