“Seat-time credit” remains common practice in New York City high schools, reports the New York Sun. Students who fail their schoolwork and tests can earn credit for the course if they have good attendance and complete a project assigned by their teacher.
Some teachers are criticizing the policy as veiled social promotion that allows schools to hide failure rates.
“We don’t think you should get credit for just being alive,” the United Federation of Teachers high school representative, Leo Casey, said. “It just seems to be a way for students to accumulate credits without actually doing the work.”
A district administrator says this just an alternative way for students to show their knowledge.
Mr. Weisberg said the policy gives teachers the freedom to work with students struggling to pass conventional assessments if they can show they’ve mastered the knowledge and skills covered in the course by completing, for example, a research project.
If the student has mastered the knowledge and skills, why can’t he do the regular classwork and tests?
It sounds a lot like those kids in Utah who blow off their courses, then get the credit by completing study packets of dubious quality. Of course, the New York kids do have to sit in class not learning in order to pass.
Via NYC Educator.