The following were among actions taken at the Feb. 17 meeting of the District of Columbia Board of Education. For more information, call 724-4283.
PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS -- The board approved tighter standards for promotion in grades one through six, an effort to reduce the number of students who enter junior high school deficient in reading and math. Junior high school principals, facing large numbers of ill-prepared students, had asked the board's Committee on Educational Programs to devise a new progress plan.
Students are now tested to determine their grade levels in all subjects, but can be promoted despite low scores. Starting next year, the scores will be used to determine whether or not students pass to the next grade.
In the 1988-89 school year, first through third grade students must be on grade level in reading and mathematics in order to pass. Fourth and fifth grade students must be up to grade level in either reading or math, and no more than one year below grade level in any other subject. Sixth graders must be on grade level in either reading or math and no more than two years below grade level in any other subject.
By the 1989-90 school year, all students in grades 1-6 must be on grade level in both reading and mathematics to pass.
HANDWASHING FACILITIES -- The board directed the Division of Buildings and Grounds to ensure that handwashing facilities are available in all school bathrooms. The lack of handwashing facilities in some schools came to light during a discussion on new rules regarding communicable diseases. Those rules direct students to wash their hands before eating and after bathroom use.
Board member Angie King Corley (Ward 5) noted that at Langdon Elementary School on 20th Street NE some bathrooms have no sinks.
HOME STUDY CENTERS -- The board approved an allocation of $384,303 to fund up to 10 Home Study Centers in public housing complexes throughout the city. In 1987, the city opened centers at the James Creek Apartments on N Street SW and at the Sursum Corda project on North Capitol Street NW. Both centers have computers, books and volunteer tutors and provide a quiet place for children to do their homework. They are open Monday through Thursday, 4 to 8 p.m.
School and public housing officials will decide on the sites for the new centers.