Baltimore City Schools Struggle Over ‘Grade Rigging’ Scandal That Has Upset Teachers, Parents


Baltimore City Public Schools is changing a grading policy that appeared to be the basis for class-changing schemes and sparked controversy earlier this year that focused on the legal field.

Allegations that the school administration changed students’ failing grades to failing grades sparked complaints from teachers and parents.

“My son really needs math tutoring,” Baltimore City parent Gregory Gray told a FOX 45 investigation in 2017. “How did my son pass when he didn’t know any of that math? They passed; they just passed.”

The publication said it received emails from the district detailing how it encourages teachers to make up grades so failing students can pass.

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A report by the Maryland Superintendent of Education found that between 2016 and 2020, Baltimore City Public Schools replaced more than 12,000 failing grades with passing grades.

Despite previous efforts to change the district’s grading policy to more accurately reflect the grades students received, the report found that the practices continued after the 2019 policy change.

The district has made many changes at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, including “clarification”. [grade] Rounding processes” and “implementing checks and balances so that no school employee is held accountable for any aspect of the assessment input or review process,” among other measures, according to the district’s July report.

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Dr. Carol Swain, a former professor at Princeton and Vanderbilt states, “Entrepreneurship means equal results regardless of effort and ability. “Grading is the ultimate form of equality in action.

“Handing out grades like candy on Halloween is easy pay for teachers who run a system that works like a factory assembly line, where the main goal is to indoctrinate bodies as they methodically move them through the system.

“The irony is that many graduates never realize their potential because instead of an education, they are rewarded with a blank piece of paper, setting them on a path that could lead them to failure throughout life. yadi.”

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, R., criticized the district in a June press release for “clear ethical incompetence” detailing the matter and referring it to the Maryland state attorney and the U.S. district attorney for the District of Maryland for investigation.

“In his final report, the Inspector General confirmed the existence of a massive class-setting scheme in Baltimore City Public Schools that documented thousands of misconducts and systemic problems. The report shows a shocking level of disregard for the integrity of the education system. and a clear lack of accountability at the highest level. For years the school system has denied and denied allegations of grade fixing and tried to sweep it all under the rug. There is no way any of this is happening in any school system alone in one of the largest underfunded school systems in America. All involved in this culture of corruption must be held accountable,” Hogan said in a press release.

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“After a thorough review of the Inspector General’s findings, I will immediately direct the Maryland State Attorney to investigate and prosecute any possible criminal wrongdoing…

“Given the school system’s significant investment in state tax dollars as well as federal funding each year, I am turning this matter over to the U.S. District Attorney for the District of Maryland for investigation and, if necessary, federal prosecution. charges will be filed against those who perpetrated this fraud and abuse,” he added.

Assessment issues, particularly the changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, have caused controversy among parents and teachers, who feel as though children are being rewarded for not putting in any effort.

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“Regarding the change to the current grading formula, it would simply mean that any student with a 59.5 would receive a 60, thereby meeting the deplorably low standards prevalent in the Baltimore City Public Schools system,” Blanca Tapahuasco, Baltimore parents City schools, he said.

“Changing grades is just a cover for schools to make themselves look good,” he later said.

Ashley Jacobs, executive director and co-founder of Parents Unite, had similar reservations about the grading scandal and school policies that could award a student a “free pass.”

“What is the purpose of school?” Jacobs said. “Isn’t it just a matter of moving kids up to the next grade regardless of whether they’ve mastered the concepts? If we don’t collectively raise our standards for school, we’re failing students. Grades are the only way to measure ‘progress.’ is a measuring instrument.” Progress doesn’t happen without effort, and it’s not always easy or fun.”

In Washington, D.C.’s “no-zero” policy, meant to prevent students from falling too low in grades, has wreaked havoc in schools, prompting students to show up to class to get 50 percent of their homework before class. they left

“Actually, with 50 percent assessment rule“If our students did one or two assignments, they would pass — and they knew it,” said an anonymous teacher, according to Washington Post education columnist Jay Matthews.

Other educators have complained about the policy in other fields, saying that the flawed grading policy doesn’t encourage discipline and hard work, including Chalkboard Review editor-in-chief and English teacher Daniel Buck, who in August said the AF scale “gives both carrots ” (good marks) and sticks (zeros).”

“The current incentive structure in schools needs to be scrutinized to ensure that it gives every child the opportunity to reach their potential,” Jacobs said. “This cannot be done without an assessment of what children need to learn in order to legitimately move on to the next level. If they are given a free ‘pass,’ children are not properly prepared for adulthood.”

“Students deserve better,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Cortney O’Brien contributed to this report.

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