Starting next year, all Houston sixth graders will take more demanding English classes that will put them on track to take Advanced Placement English in 12th grade. Students will be exempted only by parental request.
I think this is a great idea. Instead of dumping unprepared students in advanced classes, Houston is giving students time to raise their performance. If students start in sixth grade, they have a chance to be ready for advanced English down the road. Many won’t make it, but they’ll be farther along than if they’d taken easier classes.