Will lower standards lead to better results?

Image Credit:  LA Johnson

Image Credit: LA Johnson

When taking on the challenge of creating an educational environment that tends to the scholarly and social needs of its students, Faculty and Staff at Ron Brown College Preparatory High School in Washington, D.C. knew that they would have their work cut out for them. In NPR’s third and final installment of "Raising Kings, A Year Of Love And Struggle At Ron Brown College Prep." listeners had a chance to hear about the school’s view on recent district-wide policies geared toward improving pass rates for Washington, D.C. students.

Prior to the changes, the school began offering Saturday classes in an effort to save 40% of its freshman students who were previously set to fail the school year. New policies will now require teachers to give half-credit for missed assignments, and require just one quarter with a passing grade to qualify a student to pass a class. From an educational standpoint, the Faculty is concerned that with these lower standards, students will be ill-prepared for future coursework and the policies could negatively impact students into adulthood.

Elevate Teachers supports policies that encourage, empower, and help teachers to aim high and continue to provide quality instruction to their students. Where do you stand?

Is the push for better pass rates like the policies mentioned in this article a benefit or hindrance to students? Are current standards too rigorous for student success?

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