San Diego schools aim to fight racism by no longer penalizing late assignments or behavior | #students | #parents

The San Diego Unified School District approved an overhaul of its grading system to combat racism, moving to not penalizing students on late assignments or behavior in their overall academic grade.
“If we’re actually going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to confront practices like this that have gone on for years and years,” SDUSD Vice President Richard Barrera said. “I think this reflects a reality that students have described to us, and it’s a change that’s a long time coming.”
The school board voted unanimously last week to make the changes, which include teachers not taking into account whether a student turned in assignments on time or their classroom behavior for an academic grade. Instead, those topics will work toward their “citizenship grade,” according to a local NBC affiliate.
“During the first semester of last year, 30% of all D or F grades were given to English learners. One in four, 25%, of failing marks went to students with disabilities. By ethnicity, 23% went to Native Americans. Another 23% of failing grades went to Hispanics. And 20% of D or F grades went to Black students. By comparison, just 7% of failing marks went to White students,” NBC San Diego reported.
One Student School Board member, Zachary Patterson, said that although there is concern over the new grading system, overall, the change was welcomed.
“I know students all across the school district are really happy with the idea that these other accountability measures are no longer going to be defining their understanding of knowledge,” says Patterson.
The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter.

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