San Mateo High Schools May Eliminate ‘D’ Letter Grade

SAN MATEO (KCBS)- A,B,C and F. That could be the new grade scale in the San Mateo Union High School District, which is aiming to eliminate the letter ‘D.’

“A ‘D’ is far below proficient,” said San Mateo High School trustee Peter Hanley. “It actually sets students back because they go on to the next course, and they’re not really ready for the next course.”

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

However, dumping the ‘D’, he said, must come with new supportive structures for students leaning closer to an ‘F’ than a ‘C’.

Former state Superintendent of Public Instruction Delaine Eastin calls the proposal cosmetic.

“We really aren’t focusing on the core problem, which is that most very successful educational systems have very robust safety nets, and if anything we’re reducing our safety nets,” said Eastin. “Class sizes are the largest in the nation in every grade in California right now.”

The district, which is comprised of six schools, will study the idea for some weeks, and could vote as early as spring to ditch the ‘D.’

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