Philadelphia teachers are pushed to promote high school students who cut class or can’t read, reports the Inquirer.
“We have to give fake grades,” said a teacher at Mastbaum High in Kensington. “The pressure is very real.”
A teacher at University City High described getting pressure from the school’s administrators to pass a student who had 89 absences over a half-year.
. . . Schools are now judged on many criteria, including the number of students who pass.
. . . Teachers also blasted a district policy that requires them to give every student at least a 50 even if he or she didn’t attend class or do the work. At some schools, teachers said, the minimum grade is 60. Passing is 65.
I guess that’s what they mean by “failure is not an option.”