New Jersey School District Eliminates ‘D’ Grades

MOUNT OLIVE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP)  — Students in one New Jersey school district will have to work harder to pass.

The Mount Olive school board voted Monday to eliminate the “D” grade for middle and high school students.

Superintendent Larrie Reynolds proposed the policy, saying he was tired of kids getting credit for not learning.

The new policy, which is expected to take effect in September, would raise the failure score to anything under a 70 instead of 65.

Reynolds says 384 high school students received a “D” as a final grade at the end of this school year.

Board member Sheryl Colligan cast the only dissenting vote. She said she’s not confident the support system is in place to implement the policy this September.

  • Leon

    The only reason they eliminate D grade is to force kids to take Summer Classes, hence to give more jobs to the Teachers and their cronies ( and the School District they will demands more money in school budget and higher taxes). Another clear case of Union theft from Public Funds!

    • Melissa

      It is only a “clear case” to someone who is obsessed with blaming unions for any and all problems instead of the real cause.

      • Old Man

        Melissa it is a “clear case” YOU ARE A TEACHER!

    • Prof. K

      Many of the kids coming out of high school are NOT prepared for college. I hate teaching freshmen courses because many of the incoming students don’t know the basics. I often wonder how they graduated high school.

      Also, in most colleges, a D in a subject that is within your major is the same as failing and you need to take the course over. Better that they get used to it from high school so that they don’t spend the rest of their lives being clueless.

      The only good thing is that these “D” students can always get a job at the DMV and make ends meet.

  • Kira

    Why just give the kids “Pass” or “Not Pass”. Clear and simple. Take a lesson from Fordham University, which has this system in place for years.

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