To combat perceived bias in the classroom, the second-largest public school district in California has accepted substantial improvements to the grading-scale system.
The San Diego Unified School District accepted substantial improvements to the grading system earlier this week, according to NBC-7, including a move to grading students based on content mastery rather than an average grade measured over the year.
The school district data indicates that black students receive 20 percent of the time for a D or F grade, while white students receive just 7 percent of the time for a D or F grade.
The district’s Asian students receive them even less frequently, La Jolla Light reports.
This is part of our honest reckoning as a school district, said SDUSD vice president, Richard Barrera. If we are ever going to be an anti-racist school district, we have to deal with those policies that have been going on for years and years.
As popularised by the left-wing author Ibram Kendi, anti-racism purports that anything in terms of race and disparity should be analyzed. For instance, if a school district policy gives black students worse results than white students, it is discriminatory and should be replaced with an “anti-racist” policy that would remove the difference.
Students would now not receive ranking penalties for handing in late assignments under the new grading system.
Late assignments will be expressed in a student citizenship grade instead of appearing in grades, which represent behavior, work ethic, effort, and other important but non-academic variables at school.
Our current grading system works well for what it was intended to do, and what it was intended to do was to identify and bring students into categories and ultimately drive them in a certain direction, La Jolla Light says, said John Lee Evans, president of the school board.
We’ve been on this theory for so long, that you had a shot, you didn’t succeed, so we’re going to categorize you as a failure, and your shot is to start all over, said the president of the school board.
The updated grading criteria will be introduced over the next academic year, notes La Jolla Light.