Baltimore schools will move all students on to the next grade despite “tens of thousands” of them receiving failing marks during the disrupted academic year.
The Baltimore City Public Schools district created a new grading policy that will allow it “to move tens of thousands of students who have failed at least one class up to the next grade level,” CNN reported.
The move is “in recognition of the struggles students have faced” during the year affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is not about a failure, but it is about unfinished learning and giving multiple opportunities, multiple onramps for young people to complete that … learning,” Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Sonja Santelises told the network.
Chief Academic Officer Joan Dabrowski added it is meant to “avoid the punitive approach of failing students.”
Under the new policy, a failing grade in high school will be swapped