The Billings School District has been sending failing math students from the elementary schools to the middle schools and then from the middle schools to the high schools for years. Absolutely no student was left behind due to grades. The high schools have tried various classes/programs to help these students, but to no avail. It's simply too late in the students' careers to address the problem.
Now, the percentage of failing math students is approaching 20 percent. To keep the graduation rate up, the administration is manipulating the system to pass these failing students. For instance, all students who attend summer school will pass with a “B” if they just show up. Also, if the students pass one math course, they will automatically be given a passing grade for those courses that they have failed. These students will eventually receive a diploma and a substandard education.
For the past five years, the main priority of the School Board has been to build new schools. As a high school math teacher, I believe they should rethink their priorities.