Advocacy group urges Wake County schools to abandon zero grades

11/15/2013 12:00 PM

11/15/2013 12:01 PM

The Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children is not happy that Wake County school leaders are backing away from banning zero grades and implementing a standardized grading policy for all 170 schools.

In a press release today, the CCCAAC calls on the school board to develop a standard grading policy for all schools. The revised guidelines presented by staff Thursday to the school board calls on having consistent grading practices within individual schools as opposed to across all schools.

The new guidelines would also permit zeros, a departure from what staff had previously recommended when it wanted to set 50 as the low score. But the CCCAAC says allowing zeros “will not result in the same and consistent grading standards in all Wake County Schools.”

The CCCAAC has been a consistent supporter of efforts to change the district’s grading practices to ban zeros.

In 2009, the CCCAAC praised Wake school leaders for reviewing possible changes to the grading policy in middle and schools.

In 2012, the CCCAAC complained about the inaction on the school board’s part in moving ahead with the grading changes.

Over the years, the group was generally critical of the former Republican school board majority and generally supportive of the Democratic board majority.

Here’s the group’s new press release:

“Comments on Wake County Public School Abandoning Zeros”

The Coalition Of Concerned Citizens For African American Children request that the Wake County School Board of Education develop a standard “grading policy” that is consistent in all 170 schools. A standard “grading policy” is needed in order to give all students the same grading standards and grading systems throughout all schools in Wake County.

Giving zeros and other failing grades and options to redo test and turning in late assignments will not result in the same and consistent grading standards in all Wake County Schools. All students must be given the same opportunities and the same grading standards that will allow all students to experience educational success in the Wake County Public Schools.


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