Education Week takes a look at the urban schools of New Orleans, specifically Booker T. Washington High School, focusing on remedial classes for students who score poorly on state exams. Students who fail a class may "advance to the next grade, but must take yearlong remedial classes-designated '4.5' or '8.5'- meaning they are classes taken by 5th or 9th graders, respectively, who are doing 4th and 8th grade-level coursework in the subjects they failed." Despite the efforts of teachers and officials to help students in this area, children continue to struggle due high crime rates and poor housing projects. However, people like the principle of Booker T. Washington, are thankful about the efforts New Orleans has made to improve their education system. He says without the remedial plan, many students "would have fallen through the cracks."
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