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January 31, 2009

New meaning for ‘no pass, no play’?

ORANGE — No pass, no play could take on new meaning for students in one school district.

During the Jan. 20 school board meeting of the West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School, trustee Harry Barclay began discussing a topic which has already generated heated debates amongst district taxpayers, school personnel and board members.

In an effort to improve the districts scores on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS), Barclay is researching the possibility of asking his fellow board members to incorporate student results of the TAKS test as part of the no pass - no play rule.

Currently, if a student does not earn a passing grade in a subject area on a report card, then that student is ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities. If Barclay’s suggestion were to ever become a reality, then any student who fails one or more subject area of the TAKS test would be ineligible to participate in extra-curricular activities as well.

“We are making progress in improving our academics, but we still have a long way to go,” Barclay said at the Jan. 20 board meeting. “We need to find a way to make students understand academics come first. Some of these children need a motivating factor, and I don’t see any other way to get the point across.”

Barclay’s suggestion would primarily target middle school and high school students who do not pass one or more sections of TAKS.

Barclay cited past accountability ratings for campuses which are earned from students scores in the various TAKS subject areas, especially mathematics and science, and overall scores in all subject areas as his reason for considering such a plan.

The West Orange-Cove Consolidated Independent School District has been an “Academically Acceptable” district for five consecutive years.

The middle school received an “Academically Unacceptable” rating for the 2007-2008 school year. It was also classified this rating after the 2005 school year.

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