North Carolina To Make Crummy Schools Great Again By Lowering The Bar

The Federalist | 3/5/2019 | Helen Raleigh
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How can we improve America’s K-12 education? How can we hold schools accountable for their performance? Forget about hiring better-quality teachers, smaller class sizes, longer school days and more rigorous curriculum. North Carolina has been making poor-performing schools “great” again simply by inflating the grade scale.

State Democrat lawmakers are considering a bill that will make a permanent grade scale change for all state public schools. The Tar Heel State has been using a 15-point grade system, rather the traditional 10-point scale, to determine A to F school grades since 2015.

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However, the 15-grade scale is set to revert to a 10-point scale at the end of the 2019 school year if no legal action is taken. That’s why Democrat lawmakers in the State Assembly are pushing for a bill to make the 15-point grade scale permanent.

Here’s how the 15-point grade scale works:

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Under this grade system, schools that used to be considered a failure if they scored between 40 to 60 percent would now be considered acceptable. The new grading scale was signed into law by former governor Pat McCrory in 2015. It was meant to be a temporary change. But I guess lowering standards to shield underperforming schools is too good to give up for some lawmakers.

What’s going on in NC is disheartening on so many levels. First, why do lawmakers feel there is a need for such a bill to begin with? How can they be so comfortable wasting taxpayers’ money and resources on something so silly? It’s amazing they would pretend this bill has something to do with improving the quality of education for students in their state. While they may fool themselves, such manipulation can’t hide the truth.

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North Carolina public education has been on a downward trend. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, North Carolina eighth...
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