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1619, 18 Nov 19

Madison School to Implement “Grading Floor”

If there is no chance of failure, does anyone really succeed?

In an effort to keep students who fail early in their high school careers from falling completely out of school, ninth grade teachers at Madison’s West High School are planning to assign classroom grades of no less than 40%, eliminate extra credit and allow up to 90% credit for late work in required classes.

Madison’s largest high school plans to implement several changes to grading practices this year — primarily meant to keep freshman on-track to graduate during a time when slips in academic performance are not unusual — while other changes school-wide are being sought to create consistent expectations for grading.


1619, 18 November 2019


  1. jjf

    Janesville high schools tried this a few years ago.  They’re backing away from it.  Kids learn to game any system.

  2. Kevin Scheunemann

    Awful Maxist attitudes lead to this nonsense.

    We make everyone equal by not demanding failure work, grow, and improve.


  3. Mar

    I’ve taught at schools where they do this and most teachers hate it but the administration loves it.
    But in the end, it doesn’t change anything. The kids still drop out.

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