“Getting a D is like doing the bare minimum,” said Carter Martin, a middle and high school business teacher. “Life isn’t like that.”
The school board is now talking about eliminating C’s as well: Middle and high school students would have to score no lower than 80 percent to pass a class.
Since eliminating D’s, the district says it has seen its failure rate drop, and its standardized test scores have risen 13 points in middle school and 10 points in high school.
“We raised their standards, and they met them,” said Steve Frommeyer, principal of Eminence’s middle and high schools.
Downtown College Prep, the San Jose charter high I write about in Our School, eliminated D’s so students would understand that C is the lowest grade that counts for college admission. Many students, especially ninth graders, fail to make a C and end up repeating classes in summer school or repeating a grade. But those who pass have a future.
I can’t see eliminating the C.