Bedford High School, NH

New initiative at Bedford High School allows students to earn days off

Bedford High School will hold midterm exams next week, but not all students are being required to take them.

District officials have decided kids who are doing well in their classes don’t need to show up or take any midterm exams.

This new initiative is raising eyebrows for some parents.

The district calls it "competency recovery days, ” allowing students who have reached a certain level to take time off.

“If a student is passing their class, that teacher can waive the midterm, ” said Superintendent Chip McGee.

Bedford High School will be adjusting their normal class schedule next week so that classes will only be held for students who need extra help.

“The work that's going to be happening with teachers and students academically, that's going to be for students who have not yet mastered those key skills, and that's really what competency recovery is all about, ” said McGee.

Some parents said they liked the idea of kids getting cleared of midterms.

“I think it's a great idea for the kids who really studied and have great grades don't have to take another one, ” said one parent.

Other parents said it's in the best interest of kids who are struggling:

“If they're falling behind, it's a good chance for them to catch up before it gets too late, ” a parent said.

Some parents, who did not want to be interviewed on camera, said they didn’t like the idea at all.

McGee said he has heard from parents who disagree with the idea, but he says many come around, once he explains the district's goal.

“When we take the time to explain what it typically is like and how it isn't that different. And also our intention is to help students who haven't mastered those skills yet get there, we get a pretty good reception from parents who have asked the question, ” said McGee.
Students who have been excused from class at Bedford High School next week can still come in to work on projects or community service.

Interesting facts:

Christopher Ryan "Chris" Lutz (born February 11, 1985 in Illinois) is an American-Filipino professional basketball player who currently plays for the Petron Blaze Boosters in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Chris grew up in Bedford, NH.
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