School Grading Policies Don't Seem to Understand the Assignment

Updated: Dec 16, 2021

Education is the entry point for accessing quality opportunities, yet school systems including grading policies and core classes, are still reflective of the 1950's. Students deserve better.

What happens when old grading policies fail?

Everyday, students enter schools that have systems that they had no hand in creating, and are held responsible for ideals and practices that are no longer relevant outside of the school walls. School attendance is mandated and there remains very little choice for the majority of Black, Indigenous, and Brown children, around which schools they will go to and the quality of teachers they will engage with. The failures of the American Education System are a trending topic, but what exactly can be done about it? How can we create equity and inclusion and also ensure that students are getting a quality education that sets them up for successes, post graduation.

The answer isn't simple, but that doesn't mean the end goal isn't possible. Once clear area that needs to be completely reimagined is grading. The current grading system assumes that students have access to quality teachers, lessons, resources, and grade level appropriate curriculum, which is completely untrue. We see students graduating as valedictorian of schools from low-income communities, only to fail their first semester and end up in developmental classes at State colleges- completely blind-sighted by collegiate level work. How is this possible? How did we get here?

Check out these videos from students and teachers about how they believe this problem evolved and hear their advice on how we make effective changes.

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