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Schools must revamp grading policy | Letters

My comment regarding the Standards Based Education (SBE) grading system is very simple. This new system should’ve been implemented with elementary students or at least grandfathered the seniors of 2012.

I agree with the comment the one student mentioned: it sets students up to fail that do not test well. Students that don’t test well shouldn’t be penalized for their shortcoming of struggling when testing, especially if the class work and class participation is not a struggle. This system is designed to be either black or white. There is no gray area indicating areas of weakness for students.

In my personal opinion, this just added more reason for the underprivileged students without support at home, or the student who doesn’t test well, to want to quit school, whereas school may be their outlet from a dysfunctional home environment.

Now their only hope for success was being stripped due to a grading system that wasn’t broken. Maybe what is broken is how material is being taught in class, and not all teachers having a feeder connection when students advance to the next level or grade.

As a concerned parent raising my children in the Federal Way School District, I’ve discussed with many teachers how there is a list given to teachers of subjects that need to be taught, but there isn’t enough time to teach all listed, so the teachers make a decision on what they feel is best to teach, but not all teach the same subjects, nor do they teach the same subject the same way.

The Federal Way School District needs a revamping of new and better ideas and more teachers who genuinely care about growth and opportunity for all students.

I must add, there are some teachers at both Decatur and Federal Way high schools that need some new blood and eyes and set the “been there too long eyes” free.

Felicia Lewis, Federal Way

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