Virginia high school proves failure is not an option

For a few lucky high school seniors ready to head off to college, failing grades that once marred their records have suddenly disappeared. Instead, students at West Potomac High School, just outside of Georgetown, have received “I”s on their transcripts.

The “incomplete” grade will replace any “F,” which allows students to complete unfinished work and raise failing grades without those nasty marks on their permanent report cards.

As the Washington Post reports, almost 2,000 Fs were doled out to students at Alexandra, Virginia high school last year. Under the new grading system, Fs will only appear after students do not raise an I grade after both the school year and a summer term.

Supporters of the new system point out that the new system, will not predispose students to accept failure and move on without understanding coursework. They hope that the opportunity to improve an “incomplete” will motivate students to master material for the material’s—rather than the grade’s—sake.

“Once they demonstrate mastery, you give them credit for what they know,” Mickey Mulgrew, Prince William County associate high school superintendent, said to the Post. “Who cares if you learned it on Monday or Tuesday, as long as you learned it?”

Others are horrified that the threat of receiving an F will no longer motivate students doing poorly in their classes and may reflect poorly on college admissions. However, Jezebel clearly understands the importance of the new grading policy: “This is great practice for the real world, where we all know that failure is totally impossible.”

5 Comments on “Virginia high school proves failure is not an option

  1. So in NoVa, everyone’s a winner and every kid deserves to go to Harvard, right? …RIGHT?

  2. Everyone’s a winner, we’re making our fame. Bona fide hustler making my name

  3. Yes employer, pay me whenever you want. Just give me an I.O.U on Friday. Evidently the unsuccessful run the school system in Northern Virginia.

  4. I’m not sure how true this is, but I heard the in Europe and Asia(correct me if I’m wrong) they do not have a grading system. I do not know how they do it, but that’s what I heard. And I’m thinking that the reason other countries are ahead of American students is the fact that they are not worrying about passing or failing. However I’m not 100% sure on the no grading system in Europe and Asia so correct me if I’m wrong.

  5. @Jaleasa You’re definitely wrong. Europe and Asia have different grading systems from the US’s, but they absolutely do grade students, and there are cut-offs for how low your marks can be to be accepted to different programs or schools.

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