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Dublin Unified reexamining grading policies, prompting community reaction

Original post made on Jul 6, 2023

The Dublin school board last week discussed updating current grading practices in favor of policies that Superintendent Chris Funk says would be more equitable and impartial to help create a bias-free learning environment.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 5, 2023, 2:17 PM

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Posted by Mike Arata
a resident of Danville
on Jul 6, 2023 at 8:21 pm

Mike Arata is a registered user.

Dublin Unified’s “Grading for Equity” scheme (now cosmetically renamed, as elsewhere, “Standards-Based Grading”) is summarized in that District’s June 27-slide presentation on the subject ( Web Link ), mentioned in the story above.

As in other places — including the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (see Web Link ), this intended wholesale alteration of traditional grading is facing well-reasoned opposition by parents and other taxpayers.

Audience comments in Dublin (including those by individuals who tuned in online) actually continued for about 93 minutes (video at Web Link , comments beginning at 3:54:11). Not all 37 who signed in actually spoke. I believe the actual ratio was 28 OPPOSED (including several students) to one individual who favored Dublin’s grading scheme.

I commented myself against the proposal, as a former 20-year chemistry/math teacher and swim coach in the 70s and 80s in Ohio, with multiple state champion teams in both disciplines — and as someone, even back then, who faced derelict administrative demands for a lessening of standards.

I added that I would not have remained a teacher/coach for 20 years had I been required to engage in the OK-to-turn-homework-in-late (or ignore homework altogether) unprepared classroom, and the test/re-test chaos that results from grading for “equity” (what’s actually going on, whatever it’s called).

Tom Stukel, a Chicago area teacher, decided himself last year, after 17 years of teaching English, that he would not participate in similar gamesmanship ( Web Link ).

The Dublin group opposing the new grading scheme on June 27th has also made its case via a petition page: Web Link .

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