On Retroactively Lowering School Grades

February 3, 2015

One day, at the┬áNew Hampshire middle school where I taught, a school administrator┬áinformed me that one of my students was going to have her previous quarter’s grades lowered to all Ds, due to excessive absences during the school year. I was stunned. We do that? We lower grades that students earned, after the fact, as a punishment/incentive to change behavior?

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