13 Investigates Preview: Rockford teachers say some diplomas go unearned by students

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ROCKFORD (WREX) — When you graduate high school, you earn a diploma. But some Rockford teachers say a number of their students haven’t earned that degree.

Teachers tell us many students in the district lack basic skills like simple math, reading and writing. It’s a problem that’s having an impact on the workforce in Rockford and potentially much more.

13 News sent out an anonymous survey to teachers across the Rockford Public School District asking them if they thought students moving on to the next grade level, when they haven’t learned the material, is a problem.

We will share the results of that survey as part of our investigation into how student retention is handled at RPS 205.  We’ll share interviews with teachers and responses from the survey that dig deeper into a subject first brought to our attention by teachers from within the district.

We also sit down with RPS 205 Superintendent Dr. Ehren Jarrett for his take on the concerns from teachers as well as what he says is the district’s policy when it comes to retaining a student.

You can watch 13 News Anchor Kristin Crowley’s full report this Thursday on 13 News at 10.

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