The San Diego Unified School District last week approved a major overhaul to its grading system as a part of a larger effort to combat racial discrimination.
The new changes came in response to data that showed disparities between the percentage of white and minority students who received D or F grades, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
According to the data, Black students accounted for about 20% of all D or F grades during the first semester of last year, while Native American and Hispanic students each accounted for 23%. By comparison, white students made up 7% of all D or F grades during that same period.
Under the district’s new system, non-academic factors like late work and classroom behavior will not be counted toward their overall academic grade. . .
The new system, which affects mostly middle school and high school students, will be implemented over this year and next. (Read more from “This City’s School System Changed Grading System to Combat Racism” HERE)