I understand that my grading policy and school district's policy towards grading in a special class is an opposing view. I can not necessarily control the "Excellent effort=65%" policy. It is a little more complicated than what can be said on an online forum. For others to fully understand this, they would have to attend my district's meeting, experience the special education meetings, and explore our grading system. This policy most likely does not make sense to a lot of you, however, this is what I am working with. We may alter student grades, but progress is always based on assessments and actual understanding. I teach a special education class.