'Woke' School Removes F Grades to Fight 'Systemic Racism'
The new policies were introduced after an 'equity audit'
A school in Minnesota will no longer give "F" grades to their students in an attempt to tackle "systemic racism."
The school will now allow students to retake failed tests if they fail.
The new policies were introduced after an "equity audit" found "grading disparities among students of color."
Sunrise Park Middle School in White Bear Lake said teachers would no longer give "F" grades to students.
Test scores of 59.49% are no longer "F" or failing grades for the 2021-22 school year but are now considered a grade of "I."
Any grade below 50% is automatically raised to 50% based on the new grading system.
"Our whole intent is to ensure that grades focus on the process of learning," Principal Christina Pierre said in a YouTube video explaining the new school policies.
"Therefore, grades will not include behaviors, attitude, tardiness to class, whether the assignment was turned in late or on time. There's other ways that we can communicate those things to parents."
Associate Principal Norman Bell said students are encouraged to retake/revise tests, quizzes, papers, projects within a 10-day window.
The district's superintendent – Wayne Kazmierczak, said:
"Grading can be one of the largest areas in which systemic racism and inequities are perpetuated."
The district "conducted an equity audit, and in light of the killing of George Floyd and how conversations across the nation have evolved during this past year."
The new revelations were made in an announcement about Kazmierczak being named the 2021 Minnesota Superintendent of the Year:
An example from the equity audit was the grading disparities among students of color. Grading can be one of the largest areas in which systemic racism and inequities are perpetuated. Dr. Kazmierczak and WBLAS believe grades should be a measure of what a student knows and has mastered in a given course. Grading should not be a behavior punishment and should not be a measure of how well a student can survive stress at home. Under Dr. Kazmierczak's leadership and in line with the district's strategic plan and commitment to eliminating systemic racism, the district began tackling grading disparities a year ago when they dramatically changed their grading practices. Leaders in the district know that they will be supported as they have never been before because of the strategic work that has already been done all through the lens of equity.
It is not yet known how the grading scale will be used in all schools in the district.
In March, the Sunrise Park Middle School made national headlines for a "social-emotional lesson" about "oppression."
The school's choir teacher separated sixth-grade students based on "privileged" and "targeted" categories.