Nevada School District Implements New Grading Policy: Attendance, Participation, Late Assignments Don’t Matter


A new grading policy has been introduced in Clark County, Nevada, which contains Las Vegas and is the 11th most populous county in the U.S. The new policy puts the lowest grade a student could possibly achieve at 50%, meaning students will never get less than half credit on an assignment. Should a student in grades 1-5 score below 50%, they will receive a “W” to indicate they are “working on standards below grade level.” Students grade 6-12 can also receive a “P” for “Passing (to be used for specific courses designated by the Academic Unit.)” The new policy also states that “Grades shall not be influenced by behavior or other nonacademic measures (e.g., late or missing assignments, attendance, participation, responsibility).” After a backlash to the new grading policy, Clark County School District Superintendent Jesus Jara defended the policy, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Jara said the policy promoted equity, the latest buzzword of progressives to use instead of equality, since equity refers to outcomes instead of opportunities. Jara stood firm, insisting the new policy doesn’t lower standards.

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