Third quarter ends this week, and fourth quarter begins. We have exams on Tues. and Wed. Since we are so close to the end of this school year, I have an idea of the kids who may not pass my class. For some, it's not mathematically possible (because of their first semester averages) for them to pass. I have done the conferences, keeping in touch with parents week by week, and all of that stuff. A math teacher who has only taught 4th grade before this year recently told me this: I'm not failing any kids who are trying. I understand her point here a little. However, what could will it do the student to pass onto 8th grade and not understand that either. I have some kids who probably should've been held back before this year; however, in my school district, 7th grade is the first grade that is departmentalized. I've heard that kids in self-contained classes may have been passed through their elem. schools. I think I would be doing a disservice to these kids if I pass them. I am well aware of the fact that they have tried and somewhat succeeded. However, they are not ready for 8th grade English since they haven't mastered 7th grade English yet. What do you think?