New Jersey School Drops the "D"

New-jersey-school-drops-D-gradeStudents in Mount Olive, New Jersey, will no longer earn D grades. A school board meeting on Monday night determined that the grade will no longer be used. “I’m tired of kids coming to school and not learning and getting credit for it,” said Superintendent Larrie Reynolds in a Daily Record report. “We intend to be the beacon of excellence in Morris County.”

From now on, students will see A, B, C and F on their report cards. The new policy means that any grade under a 70 will be failing, and will be applied to high school and middle school students. Not all residents are happy with the change. “I applaud your effort to raise the bar,” said one resident to Reynolds. “I disagree 100 percent with your philosophy.”

However, the tactic has worked in the past. In Kentucky, students responded so well to the D grade being cut that the school decided to cut the C grade as well.

Via NBC.

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10 Responses to “New Jersey School Drops the “D””

  1. jason t says:

    i got a D in social studies and i still passed why does New Jersy drop it

  2. ashley.t. says:

    I worked really hard once for a class, but I only got a D.But a least I passed.

  3. blanche says:

    Interesting question: will teachers really have the guts to fail these students? In our state kids cannot be held back for more than one year. A program like this will need a broader systemic policy.

  4. nancy ellen says:

    I’ve never made any distinction between a job applicant’s “D” grades versus “F” grades. Who’d want a surgeon operating on them who had passed med school with D’s?

  5. blanche says:

    I never did see what good a “D” was, anyway. Good for New Jersey…

  6. nancyellen says:

    I’ve never given a job applicant any more “credit” for the D’s on their record than “F’s,” so I suppose this makes sense.

  7. PCB says:

    Sounds like the grade of “C” becomes the new “D” and I am not sure this is a
    good solution. Fewer grade categories probably means more grade inflation.

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