New York School Gives Fialing Kids Graduation Credits

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  1. midwestteacher

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    New York School's Rules Give Failing Kids Credits Toward Graduation

    Published October 09, 2011
    | New York Post

    A low-performing Manhattan high school that was granted up to $6 million in extra funds to undergo a “transformation” has found the secret formula for success: Dumb down the requirements for students to pass.

    At Washington Irving HS, near Union Square, administrators have approved new grading policies that give failing kids credits toward graduation.

    The policies -- which one expert blasted as “approved cheating” -- are spelled out in documents obtained by The Post, including the 2011-12 staff handbook and minutes of a meeting last October between Principal Bernardo Ascona and assistant principals who make up the school’s Panel for Academic Success.

    Under the rules:

    * Students who get failing scores of 50 to 55 in class will “automatically” get 15 points for a passing 65 to 70 grade if they pass a Regents exam. Kids who score a minimum 65 on the Regents “should receive a passing grade” in the class. The same practice forced a Bronx principal to resign.

    * A final grade of 60 to 64 “will be changed automatically” to a passing 65.

    * Students who fail a class “will be assigned ... a work product not to exceed five pages” or “alternative project.” Livid teachers say pupils who cut class or blew off studying get a “packet” of work or take an online multiple-choice “credit recovery” program.

    “The message is loud and clear: Don’t worry if you don’t attend school -- we’ll just give you an easy way to make up the credit,” a staffer said. “What does that say to the kids who actually do the class work, tests, projects and homework?”

    David Bloomfield, an education professor at Brooklyn College, said such policies make a mockery of “real learning and subject mastery.”

    “This is simply a phony process for getting kids undeserved credits,” he said.

    Ascona would not answer questions about the policies.

    The city Department of Education said officials will review the school’s grading practices. The DOE is auditing 60 unnamed schools to look for lax scoring and credit-granting.

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  3. Aliceacc

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    The Post has the reputation of being "The Gentleman's National Enquirer."

    I did a cursory online check; neither Newsday nor the NY Times had covered the story today. In fact, I couldn't find it anywhere but the Post.

    I'll be interested in seeing this story unfold over the next few days.
     
  4. 2ndTimeAround

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    I totally believe it though. I know of several school systems that are doing the same thing - without the official documents to mandate it, however. Especially if the student in question is a star athelete.
     
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    No idea if the story is true or not but if it is or partially is, it would not surprise me. Districts want kids to pass and that often means finding a way to pass them whether or not they deserve it. The middle school where I worked last year both overtly pressured us to pass students who did not deserve it and relaxed or changed requirements for many students including having them do some kind of report to make up for an entire year of failing grades and missed assignments. One teacher in my district had a few of her failing grades changed by the admin.

    Another teacher from a low SES district near me told me that if he fails a student he must supply a written report as to why he is failing the student and a portfolio of work documenting that the student deserves the failing grade. However, if he wants to pass the student, no questions are ever asked. What message does that send?

    So...there's nothing about this story that I find at all surprising.
     
  6. tchr4evr

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    My school does some of this

    This doesn't surprise me. We have online credit recovery to get kids to graduate on time. Although it's not official, many teachers are encourage to let kids slide into a passing grade at the end.
     
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    My school does this unofficially. It's made teaching a nightmare. The kids will tell me to my face they don't have to do any work, they'll just do a packet after the semester ends and get credit. It's difficult teaching Algebra 2 to students who haven't actually passed Algebra 1 or Geometry.
     
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    Oh yeah, we have some similar policies. It's insane!
     

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