Franklin principal's initiative tackles needed aid

When the new Franklin Community High School principal saw how many students were passing a required algebra exam on their second try, he knew the school needed to do more to prepare them for the test.

Last spring about 19 percent of the Franklin students who retook the end-of-course assessment — meaning they’d failed the exam at least once as eighth-graders or freshmen — passed, Franklin Principal Doug Harter said. By comparison, about 44 percent of the Whiteland Community High School students retaking the Algebra I exam passed last spring, counselor Laura Ehringer said.

Harter wanted to know what his high school was doing to help students who weren’t passing the Algebra I exam. That exam and the English 10 end-of-course exam are both required for graduation.

When he found out nothing was being done he made creating a plan for those students one of his first priorities as the high school’s new principal.

“We didn’t have a plan for those kids who didn’t pass it the first time. What are we doing to help them? Are we just hoping they pass the second time? We have to have a plan in place,” he said.

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