Thomas Jefferson H.S. senior wants RPS to get its act together

Nia Tariq | 5/24/2019, 6 a.m.
Treyshaun Bailey believes the way Richmond Public Schools is handling requirements for graduation is harming young Richmonders’ chances at graduating ...

Treyshaun said that passing a course, but not the SOL is not unusual.

“I had a couple of friends who that happened to,” Treyshaun said. “They went to their parents about it and their parents came up (to the school), and it caused a big conflict because that shouldn’t be what you have to do to get a credit in that class.”

RPS previously awarded a local verified credit automatically if the student passed the course and came close to passing the SOL test with a score of 375 to 390. Ms. Epp stated that that policy changed and every case must be reviewed.

Another 130 seniors might not get a diploma because they lack a required career and technical education credential, and another 70 seniors students might not get a diploma because they did not take all of the required courses due to faulty schedules.

That’s a total of 530 students who need to pass one or more SOL tests or complete other requirements. At least 280 of the seniors must attend summer school or return next year.

“Y’all have got to find a way to fix that because y’all have kids out here looking bad (who) actually know what they’re doing,” Treyshaun said.

Moving forward, Ms. Epp reported to the board that seniors and their parents have been notified as to whether additional courses will be needed to earn a diploma. She stated that RPS is seeking to help by offering remediation to help students do better on an SOL retest.

Also, the school sytem is making sure summer school will give students the opportunity to complete the one or two courses needed to fulfill diploma requirements.