For-Profit School Backed By TN GOP Caught Deleting Bad Grades
Message Posted: Feb 13, 2013 4:47:22 PM
A for-profit school that was hyped by Republican lawmakers as a solution to Tennessee’s education problems recently admitted deleting bad grades to “more accurately recognize students’ current progress.”
A December email obtained by WTVF showed that Tennessee Virtual Academy’s vice principal instructed middle school teachers to delete “failing grades” from October and September.
“After … looking at so many failing grades, we need to make some changes before the holidays,” the email says, adding that each teacher needed to “take out the October and September progress [reports]; delete it so that all that is showing is November progress.”
“If you have given an assignment and most of your students failed that assignment, then you need to take that grade out.”
Real education professionals contact parents, offer extra help, alter teaching strategies, make accommodations for special education students, and use tiered instruction to address failing grades.
[Edited by: MiddletownMarty at 2/13/2013 4:51:28 PM EST]