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Poll: What Constitutes a Passing Grade?

Holy Trinity has decided to make it "70." What do you think?

Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville just announced that a passing grade for their students in all courses will be 70, effective in the next school year.

The decision, Trinity officials said, comes after careful consideration and discussions involving the faculty and administration. 

What if 65 didn't cut it anymore in public schools? Is it time to increase the standards that constitute a passing grade?

What do you consider a passing grade at home or work? Is it 80. Or 95?

Take our poll and weigh in with your comments.

Kristen Ferrari April 09, 2012 at 09:54 PM
Helen, I'm not a big fan of the standardized tests. I understand that they need a tool to see how students are doing, but do the standardized tests do that? And yes, I agree that individual drive is a factor as well.
Helen April 10, 2012 at 11:28 PM
Kristen, I don't believe the standardized tests do that at all. To me it's the yearly equivalent of the SAT. It doesn't tell the story of the student - and one test shouldn't measure anyone - student or teacher abilities. All this time being wasted with standardized tests and these kids are not learning what they need to. Speaking from personal experience - those tests that don't count toward our children's grade DO count toward the placement in the following years classes. So, if you happen to excel on the day of the test BUT do barely okay for the four quarters school is in session you will place well. IF you test badly that one day - for whatever reason - you didn't care because the test doesn't "count" - you didn't feel well, whatever; they DO count that as a recommendation for support classes. Go figure.
Kristen Ferrari April 10, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Helen, I agree with you about the standardized tests. It doesn't take into account some students who are not great test takers or even test anxiety. I remember years ago when my oldest was going into 4th grade, there was such a push for one of the new standardized tests that most of the year went towards teaching them for the test. It really was a lost year. Of course there is added pressure because now no district wants to get named in Newsday's worst school list or on the list of schools that need improvement. Sometimes there are other factors besides those tests and the students and districts that could use help don't get it.
Helen April 11, 2012 at 12:23 AM
Frustrating. These kids get one shot at their school career and great lessons in how the real world works - guess it 'ain't' all bad.......
Jon May 05, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Ahh. So we all agree there is a curve. And let's face it some people are born A students whether by drive or smarts and others are not. And still others are immature or have rotten homes. Yet everyone wants to judge teachers by this very unscientific scale hmmm. But it isn't fair to the kids. So the logic is as follows: I am short and fat I want my pediatrician to lose his job. I am only middle class, the bank president should lose his job. LOL

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