Washington Post incorrectly reports that exam weight increases

March 25, 2003, midnight | By Cori Cohen | 21 years, 2 months ago

An article in the Washington Post on March 25, incorrectly reported the decisions made by the Montgomery County School Board about the new grading policy.

The article in the Metro section of the paper stated that the board "unanimously" voted to increase the weight of final exams from 25% to 30%. In actuality, the board voted, at a meeting last night, to keep the status quo. According to the MCPS website the vote was "specifically in support of retaining the current weight."

The article also said that the first exams that will be influenced by the new policy are "government, biology, algebra, geometry and ninth-grade English" because they had been assessed by experts. Other exams' weight would increase after they had been assessed.

On January 14, the board tentatively approved a new grading policy, and at a meeting on March 24, the board approved the final revisions. The board rejected two of the three main proposed changes. They rejected increasing the weight of the final exam and the proposed change to the attendance policy. The change would have permitted students to have unexcused absences without losing credit.

The board voted to require credit for high school classes taken in middle school to appear on high school transcripts.

Read the Washington Post article here

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