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Many states seem to be moving to teacher evaluations that place most of the accountability for student performance on the teacher. However, it seems that education policy has made it acceptable for students to be mediocre. Are there any states or large districts that require a student to maintain a C average (which is not yet meeting standards) in order for a student to receive credit for a class? Many students view a C average as not only normal, but acceptable due to a history of poor grading practices (extra credit, grading behavior, etc. How can districts raise the bar so that a student who knows little of content or has demonstrated few skills cannot receive a passing grade?

Bea DeRego


Don't get me started on all the horrors of using student test scores to evaluate teachers.
Districts can and should have high expectations for every student and provide the
instruction and assessment that will get them there. This is best done by creating a culture
of learning (not grading), focussing on standards, and providing strong assessment for
learning. Specifically this means that credits should be determined, not by getting enough
points to be close to some meaningless percentage cutoff, but by demonstrating
proficiency (or at least close to proficiency) in all the standards for each subject.