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County in Nevada Lowering Grading Standards in the Name of Equity

County in Nevada Lowering Grading Standards in the Name of Equity

“But some have opposed the changes, saying they lower standards for students.”

They’re lowering their standards to make people equal. Equally mediocre.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:

CCSD superintendent defends new grading policy at back-to-school event

Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara defended grading reform during a back-to-school address Tuesday, calling it an equitable system for all students.

Over the summer, the school board voted to change the district’s grading policy. It will allow students to revise assignments and retake tests, and will eliminate some behavioral factors like attendance and participation from grades.

But some have opposed the changes, saying they lower standards for students.

Jara said he’s proud of the school board for taking on grading reform. The new policy will allow all children — whether they’re in Moapa, Laughlin or “the core of Las Vegas” — to have the opportunity to demonstrate what they learn and know, he said.

“It is not about lowering the standards,” Jara said. “Again, (it’s) holding children accountable to demonstrate what they know.”

Some principals are already doing work around grading reform, he said, noting the district will lean on their expertise.

Jara said he wants to make it clear that grading reform isn’t beginning next week when school starts and it will take some time to make the transition.


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The Friendly Grizzly | August 6, 2021 at 10:58 am

Why not just have the lesser students rise to the work expected of them? Is that not equity as well?

I am assuming this is different from the ‘stay after school with teacher helping/supervising and correcting what you missed so that you have a better understanding of the things you missed on the test’ and receiving a bonus of 10 points to raise your grade? That is pretty common in my son’s school in regular, non advanced classes. And seems to help students without lowering standards.

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to kyrrat. | August 7, 2021 at 5:53 am

    I’m both surprised and happy to see there are some teachers that are still dedicated to teaching.

“The lowest grade is 50%.”

So this raises the totally ineducable to the exalted status of halfwit.

You know the old wisecrack about “Half of all (insert professional career here) graduated in the bottom half of their classes?” Now there is no longer a bottom half. Progress!

Failing students reflect badly on their teachers. So the teachers have to figure out a way to hide their failures. Nevada would like to be Lake Wobegon, with all of its children above average:

“That’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all the children are above average.”