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Changing a failing grade from an "I" to an "F"

Liz Zanze Band, choir and Language Arts in Northern California

Our school has been giving A,B,C,D, I for several years and it is not working. Students that receive an "I" take a test to clear the grade. The administration is open to change and I am researching alternatives. If anyone has a great idea, please let me know. Thanks!

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Learning Specialist: Technology for Stratford Hall

It would help if we knew what

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It would help if we knew what about the policy was not working. Can you clarify the problems you are having, so we have some sense of what direction we should go with the possible solutions we provide?

Band, choir and Language Arts in Northern California

Hi David, There are many

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Hi David,

There are many problems with students receiving an "I" instead of an F for their work. First, teachers must prepare a test or assessment that the student must pass in order to receive credit for the class. This has become very ineffective - most students don't pass and have to take it several times. The older 8th grade students don't even bother to make up the "I"s on their report cards. Most teachers end up giving a D- for students that are really doing badly, just so they don't have to go through the "I" test process. Any ideas?

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