A is for absent

Lauren Lee, 14, got an A in honors geometry at Sherwood High School in Montgomery County, Maryland. But Lee isn’t a student at Sherwood, and never has been. She lives in the area but goes to a Catholic high school. This is taking grade inflation to new levels. From the Washington Times:

Two of the four teachers at Sherwood whose classes Lauren never attended gave her A’s anyway, according to the Sept. 26 progress report school officials recently mailed home.

She didn’t do as well in physics (“incomplete”) or art (no credit), but it was an admirable performance for a student with 0 percent attendance.

Via The Corner, which is hip deep in the education quagmire.

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  1. Ken Summers says:

    Why do I have the feeling that the school has been collecting money for her attendance? (I don’t know if Maryland works like California, but here the school gets a per diem for each student’s attendance.)

  2. I would like to say you’re wrong, but I have a funny feeling you’re right. After all, if they realyl did think she was going there, wouldn’t the mother have at least gotten a call asking “Is your daughter okay? She hasn’t attended any of her classes yet…”

  3. Gosh, imagine the grades she would have gotten if she’d attended class!

    I wish my company would make the same mistake and start paying me when I wasn’t there.

  4. But why an “A” for an unknown student? Unless the school is trying to boost its pass/fail or graduation averages.

  5. PJ/Maryland says:

    I wonder if this is some computer glitch, where if the teacher doesn’t mark a grade, it records an “A”.

    Hmm, maybe they could use a computer consultant… and Sandy Spring is only about 20 minutes from me…

    There’s a slightly later version of the story here. It ends with: [county schools spokesman Brian] Porter said school officials don’t think there are any other students who received grades from a school they don’t attend.

    Darn, there go students’ chances to improve their grades by averaging in A’s from all the schools they didn’t attend…

  6. how was she even on the class roster? I dont understand hw something like this cold happen. You have to specifically register for classes like honors geometry, the school dosent just automatically put you in it, at least at my hs in CA. furthermore, when we were absent, the scool called home that day. you’d think they school would be worried about truency a little bit at least. with all the beauracy in the school system, dont they have at least one person to look over stuff like this?

  7. Of course not, it’s a governmental agency with no mission plan, and 30 plus years of failing to education kids as a whole 🙂

  8. Hey – we INFORMED my daughter’s special ed class teacher that she would be gone for 6 class days on a family trip to see fall foliage and traditional harvest activities in New Hampshire and got an official notice personally signed by the principal that our daughter was “legally truant” and threatening all kinds of dire specific consequences!

  9. “30 years of failing to educate kids as a whole”??

    All kids? All schools? All of the time? For 30 years?

    Wow.

  10. hip deep in the education quagmire.

    And the big fool says to push on….

    Harvey wrote: Hey – we INFORMED my daughter’s special ed class teacher that she would be gone for 6 class days on a family trip to see fall foliage and traditional harvest activities in New Hampshire and got an official notice personally signed by the principal that our daughter was “legally truant” and threatening all kinds of dire specific consequences!

    “Go pound sand up your @$$,” said Harvey, who knew the correct reply.