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Clifton Schools Lower Passing Grade By Five Points

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CLIFTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) - It used to be that you needed a 70 to pass at Clifton High School. Now it’s 65.

WCBS 880’s Sean Adams On The Story

The school superintendent lowered the passing minimum in order to help students fare better when compared with pupils statewide.

According to The Record, more than one third of the 3,500 students enrolled at Clifton High School failed a class with a grade between 60 and 69 during the first semester of the 2011-2012 school year.

The lower standard isn’t sitting well with some Board of Education members who believe this will take away the incentive to achieve.

At least one student said the change is unfair.

“Is 65 a good grade in your mind?” WCBS 880 reporter Sean Adams asked.

“No, because other kids push themselves to get a good grade. 65 is like a, doesn’t matter,” the student said.

Meanwhile, lowering the passing grade minimum is a trend that has been taking place in surrounding districts, too. That includes Woodland Park, Passaic, Garfield, and Paterson.

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