Lakeland Union High School students are earning fewer “F” grades compared to five years ago, but the failure rate has ticked up slightly since 2012, newly-released data show.
The failure rate for the first semester of 2013 was 3.8 percent – that is, 3.8 percent of all grades earned in the first semester of last year were F’s.
Failure rates from previous first semesters include:
• 2012: 3.3 percent
• 2011: 2.6 percent
• 2010: 4 percent
• 2009: 6.3 percent
Jim Bouché, LUHS principal, said there could be a “multitude” of reasons for the uptick in the failure rate – from the students themselves, to school staff, to external factors outside the school.
“We’re a microcosm of our society, and there’s a lot of problems in our world,” Bouché said.
But he also said that he is working to stem the rise in the failure rate by intensifying staff attention on academic performance, determining students’ needs and improving communication.
Bouché pointed to a key weapon in his fight against failure: learning labs. Formerly unstructured study halls, so-called learning labs are periods in which students actively work on assignments while supervised by a teacher – not just a room monitor. The labs focus on subjects such as math, English, social studies and science, Bouché said.
“My goal – a pretty lofty goal – is to eliminate all failures,” Bouché said. “Failure is not an option.”
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