Xu speaks no English, not even enough to fill out a book receipt. I knew immediately that she could not survive AP calculus. I immediately brought her to the attention of my AP who said "She knows derivatives. She is in the right class." I went to the ESL department to find out why she was placed in a regents English class. I was told "She placed out of ESL on the entrance exam. She is in the class she belongs in." I sat her next to some students who spoke her language and basically gave up trying to get her changed into something more appropriate.If you have students whose exam grades are extremely low, please look on computer and make sure the student(s) belong in your class. It is already way too late but we want to make sure we fix all the problems before
Evening/Afternoon. I do not wish to be the person to inform the parent that you failed to identify the student and I don’t think the parent will likely accept your apologies. Open School
Thursday night, right before Parent-Teacher conferences were set to begin Mr. AP said, "I took that girl, the one that does not speak English out of AP. She is only a junior and does not belong there." I was given no other information. Sure enough, an hour into the conferences, Xu's mom walked in. Unfortunately, she spoke no English either, not even enough to avail herself of the translators available. I brought her to Mr. AP, explained the situation and left.
But, I'm the one that will be expected to apologize. I'm the one that is responsible.
(BTW--I was always under the impression programming belonged to guidance department. This memo went out on Thursday.)