School officials propose new grading system
BROWARD, Fla. (WSVN) -- Broward County school administrators are proposing a way to boost a student's self-esteem by removing the lowest score, but some argue the measure is sending the wrong message.
In school it's all about making the grade, and too many zeros can bring a student's grade point average down to the point of no return.
The Broward School District is considering an idea that would help struggling students by tossing out the grade zero and make 50 the new lowest score. "What we're actually really trying to look at is, one, to give all students an opportunity to be successful. Number two, is deal with the root cause of why students may be struggling," said Broward County Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie.
Under the proposal, the new "F" would be a score of 50 to 59. Supporters said the change will boost overall GPAs and give struggling students new motivation and better self-esteem. "I think it is a means for us to allow kids an opportunity to make up and to recover where, right now, with our current grading system, it doesn't make that provision," said Broward County School Board member Dr. Rosalind Osgood.
Many parents don't agree with the idea. "It's just like the FCAT, just, you know, it's just another trick to make everyone believe kids are doing better when they're not," said parent Kimberly Krost.
Another parent said it makes no sense; that if students decide to blow off an assignment and not even do it, they still get a grade of 50. "How are they learning? How are they learning? I mean, that's ridiculous," said parent Terry Philips.
School officials said they will study the proposal before taking a vote next month. They claimed the change could reduce dropout rates and boost graduation rates.
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