Principals request alternative grading system for Utah's alternative high schools
"Most of our students have an attendance issue, so that increase in individual attendance is a key indicator that a young person is ready to do school and move into a young adult responsibility," Chronister said.
Rep. Francis Gibson, R-Mapleton, said he is supportive of some type of change in the grading system. But he added that the majority of Utahns are aware of the challenges facing alternative high schools and are not troubled by the low grades they received.
"Am I shocked that you got an F?" Gibson asked. "Ninety percent of parents who know the kids you’re dealing with are not shocked."
He also suggested that in their current form, the grades for schools carry little weight in that there are no incentives or punitive measures attached to them.
"I don't care what your grade is," Gibson said. "You shouldn't care what your grade is until there's some funding mechanism to it."
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