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  1. Christine Haskins says:

    That’s so funny that this came up today as I just got a message about an hour ago about my son’s final high school GPA. He’s graduating on Friday which is a HUGE celebration. He ended up with almost a 2.7 GPA–which is amazing. But in my mind there is an asterisk by it because the final year was all done through an online abbreviated program–and he can’t pass the classes unless he gets and A or B. But he can just take the tests over and over again until he does. And he had a tutor by his side for almost all of it. But who cares! He passed. He’s graduating. He’s a scholastic rock star in my mind!

  2. Heather,

    It is so interesting that you’re sharing the parent’s perspective on this, as I have been thinking a lot about modified grades and promotion criteria myself, as a special educator and case manager. Although you may feel a sting when you remember that Aidan’s grade was not calculated the same way as his classmates’ grades, I want you to know that his teachers absolutely want to challenge Aidan and make sure he knows that he is growing and developing. My students who receive modified assessments, modified grades, or modified curricula to help them learn and show off their accomplishments are still absolutely expected to do work, and real work at that! My students are still given detention if they don’t do their homework, even if their homework covers addition with carrying, instead of the seventh grade skill of solving for a variable in a two-step equation. Students are expected to be working hard every moment they are in class. Their hard work pays off when they meet their individualized goals, and they need to be rewarded for their hard work instead of reminding them that they are still working to catch up to their grade level. You are an awesome mom with high expectations for your son. I am so impressed by you! Keep pushing him to do his best work. Thank you for sharing!

    • Anonymous says:

      I love hearing this professional assesment. I agree that Aidan’s teachers push him hard to learn and care a great deal about his progress. It’s the comparison that’s really the monster here and probably always will be for me. High expectations and presumed competence will make all the difference for his education and I’m fortunate that his team brings both. Thanks for chiming in on this one!

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