The Boston Globe has released breaking news that Boston Public Schools wrongfully notified students of eligibility for application to the BPS exam schools.
Evidently, a letter is being sent to families this week that an error was discovered in how the GPAs were calculated for 6th graders entering 7th graders in the fall. Students must have a grade of B or higher for admission.
This comes as part of the somewhat new and complicated admission process to the BPS exam schools.
According to the Boston Globe, any sixth grader in the city can apply. Applicants must have at least a B average. Grades will count for 70 percent of the composite score and standardized test results will make up 30 percent. Students will be judged on their grades from the first part of their sixth-grade year in English, math, science, and social studies as well as their grades in fifth grade in English and math.
Also, a factor in admission? Economically disadvantaged students who received government assistance will receive preference for admission. You and get the full details on this here.
BPS is still trying to figure out the exact number of students this “situation” will affect.
This is not the first time this has happened. Back in 2019 and 2020, similar situations occurred.
Exam school invitations are still on the schedule to be sent out in May.
What a mess.
Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
must be that new math that caused the error