Portland Public Schools considers major changes to grading system

The district is considering making changes focused on measuring students’ content knowledge, rather than behaviors like missing assignments or turning in late work.

PORTLAND, Oregon — Portland Public Schools is considering adopting new ‘equitable grading practices’, which would change how teachers grade students.

A handout from the school district said historical data shows racial disparities in students’ pass/fail rate. 

The handout also instructs teachers to not assign zeros to assignments that are handed in late, or are missing. It also states that for students caught cheating, they are to face disciplinary action instead of having their grade be penalized.

District administrators said

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