Principals request alternative grading system for Utah's alternative high schools

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  • durwood kirby South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 8:50 p.m.

    Accountability is a good thing, but let's get real. For the alternative students (let alone the teachers), they are set up to fail. This developing educational reform needs much more thought before implementation.

  • Oldcoach Hurricane, 00
    Oct. 22, 2013 5:57 p.m.

    I agree with the premise that alternative schools have more challenges than normal schools, but there should be no difference between regular high schools and charter schools. There are some outstanding charter schools, but the majority of them do not measure up and they claim they are such a great alternative. When I was still teaching, there were several students who came back to our school because the teachers were just not up to the standards they had experienced with us.

  • DN Subscriber 2 SLC, UT
    Oct. 22, 2013 5:24 p.m.

    True, they have unique challenges, but if they get an exemption, then a school with "xy or z" situation will want one. Then the schools with no air conditioning will demand to be treated differently, and then the ones where the football teams don't win as many games, because they are special too.

    Sorry, the only fair way to run the grades is for all to be on the same standard. Then footnote that these schools are the "alternatives" and they can compare themselves to each other, but within the same system as all schools.

    Their graduates will have to find work, and live their lives in the same world as all other students so "grading on a curve" does them no favors for the rest of their lives, even if it would make the principals look better in the short run.