Math and science gaps found at elite Fairfax school – The Washington Post. Emma Brown reports that officials at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, the highly regarded magnet school in Fairfax County, will give incoming freshmen a diagnostic exam and those with gaps in knowledge will be invited to a summer “boot camp to sharpen their skills.”
Will the costs for this be included in the $7.5 million the school board just allocated for extended learning time? So far, the discussion has seemed to imply that this funding would be reserved for low-achieving students. Will these Thomas Jefferson freshmen be designated as “low achieving” or will the school board simply set aside extra funds for them? Or do the administrators at Thomas Jefferson have funds of extra money they can use at their discretion?
What about freshman at other schools who have gaps in their knowledge, but who are not one of the select few designated as low-achieving? The budget cuts in summer school over the past few years and now the slow restoration of some funds seem to be leaving out a large number of students who may want to put in some extra effort in their studies.