How to Help Students Who Change Schools
- Course offerings. Classes may not be the same and may be in different sequences. Some students may be placed at inappropriate learning levels or may not be able to continue on a previous learning path. For example, if a child started Japanese classes at one high school, the new high school might not offer that language.
- Extracurricular programs might differ. A student’s favorite school club or sport might not exist at the new location, impairing connections with students who share common interests and stifling outside-the-classroom learning and development.
- Standardized tests are not standard. States have developed their own systems, which means content and measurements may differ and the purpose of the test results may vary by state. In some states, tests determine which students graduate or move to the next grade. Other states might use the tests to measure how well each district is performing. And some states don’t make tests scores available to families.