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Old 10-19-2020, 05:01 PM
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San Diego schools won’t count attendance or late work toward grades
By Selim Algar
October 19, 2020 | 4:19pm | Updated

In a possible preview of New York City Department of Education policy, San Diego schools will no longer consider late work, attendance or behavior when determining final grades.

The San Diego Unified School District school board voted unanimously for the changes, arguing that the now-ousted metrics exacerbate racial inequity.

Some New York City schools have already taken similar steps in adjusting how students in the nation’s largest district are evaluated.

At Stuyvesant High School, considered one of the county’s best, kids can no longer have exam scores lowered if they miss them and take them late.

At MS 158 in Queens, administrators told teachers last year not to penalize students for tardy work.

San Diego formalized the overhaul last week, asserting that the use of “non-academic” factors contributed to racial inequalities that have produced lower grades for black and Hispanic students.

Rather than emphasize the timely completion of coursework over the course of the year, the district will now process marks based on “mastery of standards.”

The policy will also encourage teachers to offer counseling to students caught cheating and provide opportunities for them to reflect on their actions.

In addition, instructional support officer Nicole DeWitt told the San Diego Union Tribune that the district is considering a “credit/no credit” format for kids experiencing hardships.

Instead of directly impacting scores, measures like attendance, behavior and late work will now count toward a separate “citizenship” mark.

That element mirrors an aspect of Stuyvesant’s new policy.

Instead of docking test scores for exams taken late, teachers will only be able to lower a separate “homework/preparation” grade.

Superintendent Richard Barrera told NBC that the San Diego revamp will address longstanding racism in his school system.

“If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years,” he said.

The city DOE suspended letter grades last year due to the coronavirus, also citing technology deficits for lower-income kids after the switch to remote learning.

Officials have yet to resume traditional grading this year, but schools Chancellor Richard Carranza said Friday that a new policy will be announced before the end of this month.

While the DOE has not commented on any potential changes, spokesperson Danielle Filson said earlier this month that schools would be given an opportunity to adjust their approach.

“As we did last year, we will support schools in adapting their policies to acknowledge the impact of remote learning and any overarching citywide changes,” she said.

Grades and competitive admissions policies have become flashpoints in many districts in recent years, with the debate intensifying in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.

The San Francisco Unified School District last week broached the possibility of admitting kids to its most academically competitive high school by random lottery rather than report cards.
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Old 10-19-2020, 09:56 PM
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Black & Brown Privilege: San Diego school districts overhauls grading system to combat racism
According to the data, Black students accounted for about 20% of all D or F grades during the first semester of last year,
while Native American and Hispanic students each accounted for 23%.
By comparison, white students made up 7% of all D or F grades during that same period.
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